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Features June 2016 Issue

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs

Sharon and Bill Tidman's dog, Jessie, was, by any means, their canine child. But her inflammatory bowel disease made her life difficult.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs

What to do when the dog’s immune system overreacts to the intestine’s own good bacteria.

“Jessie was one of a kind,” says Bill Tidman of his shepherd/collie mix. “Other than my wife, she was my best friend.” “She was just such a special dog,” says Mr. Tidman’s wife, Sharon. “I called her my soul dog. She was my baby girl. When she first came here, [the Tidmans acquired her from the dog officer when she was a puppy] she was so excited to be with us she bounced from couch to…

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