No help on vets, but you might contact local vet schools for help. Also, maybe someone here knows if there is a support group for owners?
IPSID stands for ImmunoProliferative Small Intestinal Disease, but it is a disease of many names. It is also called basenji enteropathy, immunoproliferative lymphoplasmacytic enteritis, basenji diarrheal syndrome, and malabsorption. IPSID is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which results in the dog not being able to utilize and absorb nutrients correctly from food.
A predisposition to IPSID is inherited, but inheritance appears to be only one of the factors involved. A dog genetically predisposed to IPSID and its resultant immunological impairment might present with usual IBD and eventually progress to IPSID. Physical and/or emotional stresses may be aggravating factors.
Pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) can be confused with IPSID, but the treatment is very different. EPI should be ruled out before a diagnosis of IPSID is made. If your dog is diagnosed with pancreatic insufficiency, or if you have questions about the disorder, information is online at http://www.epi4dogs .com/
Approximately 1% of Basenjis responding to the General Health Survey reported any type of gastrointestinal disorder (hereditary or non-hereditary, IPSID, EPI, IBD, or anything else.) Keep in mind that for late-onset disorders, statistics that are a snapshot in time generally tend to be incidence at that time, not lifetime risk of getting the disorder.
For the owner
Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, increased or decreased appetite, gas, and depression. The type of symptoms and their severity differ from dog to dog, and from one episode to another. Dogs with IPSID often will have good periods as well as bad spells.
IPSID requires a process of elimination for diagnosis. Blood serum protein levels may be low. Barium x-rays may show an enlarged section of the intestine. Biopsy is the only reliable way to diagnose IPSID; it is done to rule out irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel syndrome and other diseases, lymphangiectasia (which most basenjis with IPSID have as a secondary condition), colitis, cancer, and systemic fungal infections. Endoscopic biopsies are preferred to prevent complications with healing.
Traditional methods of treating IPSID include systemic prednisone and antibiotics. Some dogs do well on a holistic regimen; it is important to discuss it with your veterinarian. Symptoms may
diminish or increase over time, and a veterinarian must oversee treatment and changes to treatment. IPSID affected dogs can harbor microorganisms that may cause problems for other dogs in the household; proper household hygiene is important.
It may be required to change the dog's diet to optimize nutrient utilization. Some veterinarians suggest switching diets on a monthly basis. A homemade diet also can be used, and additional vitamin supplementation may be indicated.
Dr. Michael D. Willard of Texas A&M, an internationally recognized enterologist, is available for consultations by phone with vets needing more information on the disease. He asks that everyone understand that he often travels and holds clinics so at times he will be out of the office. He can be reached at 979-845-2351, e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
While IPSID is not common, it is a serious disease. Dogs with IPSID should not be used for breeding. The mode of inheritanc