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My 9 yr old bichon frise has just completed a course of

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My 9 yr old bichon frise has just completed a course of medication for pancreatitis and an inflamed gall bladder. She also suffers from IBD and was recommended Royal Canin Gastro intestinal which we have given her but which we're finding a bit expensive. Can you recommend an alternative bearing in mind that she has also had renal problems and is over weight?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long has the Bichon's weight been a concern?
Customer: A number of years
JA: When did the Bichon last see a vet? Is she taking any medications?
Customer: Yesterday. They've prescribed Carprofen for a few days. Prior to that she was on Destolit and a course of antibiotics
JA: What's the Bichon's name?
Customer: Lily
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Lily?
Customer: I don't think so
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet. 

I'm sorry to hear this and appreciate your concern; she's been through a lot recently.

Prescription diets made by Hills and Royal Canin are all a pretty similar price.

So if we want to feed a health orientated, veterinary issued diet, this is the price we need to pay.We can save money by feeding only the dry food and ordering a big bag.

Shop around online, as it is cheaper there than in the shop or clinic.

She should be fed a low fat diet to prevent future pancreatitis so I'd consider Gastrointestinal Low Fat by Royal Canin.

However, we might consider renal disease if her kidney disease is advanced enough, This should be discussed with her vet as those with kidney disease need to have a low phosphorous diet.

I'd avoid a home made diet unless working with a nutritionist as they're almost impossible to get right and nutritional deficiencies are common.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

How does this all sound?

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

I do hope this has helped and please let me know if there is anything else,

Take care,

Linda.