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View Poll Results: You have crohn's disease in the ileum. Did you own a cat or dog during or before your diagnosis.
Our household had a CAT before or during my diagnosis. 38 37.25%
Our household had a DOG before or during my diagnosis 52 50.98%
We had no pets. 12 11.76%
Voters: 102. You may not vote on this poll

03-23-2013, 02:36 AM   #1
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Do or did you own a cat or dog.

This is for people with confirmed crohn's disease in their ileum.

Did you or your household own a cat or dog before or during diagnosis.

Thank you, you can detail below if the animal was ever sick if you like to.
03-23-2013, 02:38 AM   #2
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this is why I ask if anyone is interested
03-23-2013, 03:15 AM   #3
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Woops, I got crohn's colitis only, so plz exclude my vote
03-23-2013, 03:20 AM   #4
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np, can I ask if you voted cat or dog though Josh
03-23-2013, 03:34 AM   #5
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+ another vote for cat.

We had one cat, it died a few months before Sarah was diagnosed. It was an outside cat but was never sick, it died from a snakebite.

When Matt was diagnosed we had two cats. They too are predominately outside cats and had never been sick at that point.

03-23-2013, 03:40 AM   #6
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I voted for dog
03-23-2013, 04:08 AM   #7
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We had no pets before diagnosis - I only got my dogs 3 or 4 years after I was diagnosed. The study really interests me, though!
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19 years old.
Diagnosed: Crohn's disease, August 2007
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03-23-2013, 04:47 AM   #8
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We had both. We have a dog only right now, but had cats before my diagnosis.
Surgery Oct 12, 2010

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Started Humira June 22nd, 2011
Increased to weekly injections on November 1st, 2016
Due to the insurance company, Humira ended on January 31, 2017.
Started Entyvio February 9th, 2017
Loperamide 3 capsules twice a day
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03-23-2013, 05:26 AM   #9
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Had a dog from birth to when I was around 10 i'm guessing. I was diagnosed a few years later, but began exhibiting OFG maybe when I was 11.

The dog was got mange from a fox when I was younger and then was put down as the result of a stomach tumour.
Crohn's diagnosis in 2005, aged 14.
Ignored until late 2012.
Currently undergoing re-assessment.
03-23-2013, 05:51 AM   #10
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I vote for cat, but we had both.
Mother of Sarah dx aged 16, Jan 2012
DX - CD 1/12, asthma
Small bowel to small bowel fistula

Meds: ), azathioprine 200mg, Mesalazine 1.2g x 2, seretide 250 x 2 (asthma), ventolin (as needed)

Currently no supplements.

Has previously taken Multi B, Caltrate, B12 & Iron

Prednisolone (from 30 mg 01/02/2012 to 17/06/2012, 30mg 24/10/12-28/12/12, 50mg 24/1/13-27/4/13)
03-23-2013, 06:10 AM   #11
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I think you need an option for both. I had a dog about the time that I had what was my first attack, but wasn't diagnosed until several years later. Possibly coincidentally, my crohn's disappeared about the same time as the dog. When it returned, we had both a dog and cat in the house.
03-23-2013, 09:31 AM   #12
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+ vote for cat.
Mom to
C age 19
dx March 2012 CD

CURRENT MEDS: MTX injections, Stelara

Dx May 2014: JSpA
8/2014 ileocecectomy
9/2017 G tube

PAST MEDS: remicade, oral mtx, humira
03-23-2013, 09:36 AM   #13
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Crohn's Colitis in colon and terminal ileum.

I actually started getting oddly sick not too long after I first got my cat. I wondered if/was afraid at some point early on that she was the cause but put it to the side as the only issue I was aware of with cats was that kitty litter has a negative effect on pregnancy.

I used to volunteer as a caretaker at a cageless cat shelter for sick, abused, feral cats regularly. That is where I got my cat. She had a history of feline herpes and she seems to have a sensitive digestive system herself (at one point I thought she had kitty colitis which is a real thing).

Very interesting that you bring this up Kiny.
Crohn's-Colitis May 2012
Current Meds:
6-MP (100mg) / Asacol (4800mg)
Past Meds:
Prednisone/ Entocort / Flagyl
Current Supplements:
B12 Shot (1cc/mo) / Multivitamin / Vitamin D (1000iu) / Calcium (1200mg) / Omega 3 Fish Oil (4800mg)
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Anemia/Borderline Anemia - whole life
Generalized Anxiety Disorder - 2009 (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation)

03-23-2013, 09:43 AM   #14
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Had both, it won't let me choose more than one.
Previous meds: Sulfadiazine, Flagyl, Prednisone, Imuran, Pentasa, Asacol
Surgeries: re-section 2004
Currently taking: B-12 injections every 2 weeks, multi vitamin/mineral, fish oil (1000 mg), D3 (5000 mg)

Also lucky enough to have psoriasis as well.
03-23-2013, 09:52 AM   #15
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I have not been diagnosed yet, not sure if my vote counts, but I grew up with dogs and Cats. I have had a dog living with me all the time since I was 10 years old. Not sure if there is a connection or not as My husband is healthy as well as my brother and father and they were around the dogs all the time as well.....
03-23-2013, 10:17 AM   #16
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We got a dog when my son who now has Crohn's was 6 and although he was diagnosed at 16, he's probably had Crohn's since he was 13 or 14. We got a second dog from the pound on black Friday of last year when my son was already quite sick. Our older son had 2 cats living in our basement for a couple of years, when my younger son, who has Crohn's was 13 - 15.
03-23-2013, 12:30 PM   #17
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We have always had outdoor cats !!!
03-23-2013, 01:47 PM   #18
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I voted dog, but we had both. We always had three dogs and one cat. I have a dog now, as well.

I don't remember them ever being sick, honestly. The dogs were inside / outside pets and spent most of their time outside. The cat was an inside / outside pet who spent most of her time inside. About three years ago, the cat developed and abscess at the base of her tail and had to have that treated, but I don't know what caused that (and that was shortly after I had moved out). That's the only issue I can remember, aside from them getting into things outside that just made them throw up.

ETA: Up until I was about thirteen we had a dog who had had distemper as a puppy.

Diagnosed with Crohn's disease 12/6/08.
Have taken: Prednisone, 6mp, methotrexate, Pentasa.
Currently waiting for a new medication!

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Last edited by SarahBear; 03-24-2013 at 10:48 AM.
03-24-2013, 12:50 AM   #19
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It had been 2 or 3 yrs since we had pets when I got sick.
03-24-2013, 01:18 AM   #20
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We had cats. Dunno how many. My dad sometimes brought home a kitten from work (he worked at a winery) and we'd raise the stray kitties. My parents didn't have the money to take them to the vet so they never had any shots and weren't spayed or neutered. They were mostly kept outdoors but often stayed indoors while they were young. I'm sure they got sick from time to time and certainly had fleas and worms.
Diagnosis: Crohn's in 1991 at age 9
Surgeries: 1 Small Bowel Resection in 1999; Central IV in 1991-92
Meds for CD: 6MP 75mg
Things I take: Tenormin 25mg (PVCs and Tachycardia), Junel (endometriosis), Tylenol 3 (Osteoarthritis), Zantac 150mg 2/day (acid reflux), Klonopin 1mg (Panic Disorder), Imitrex 25mg (migraines), Zofran 8mg (nausea)
Currently in: REMISSION Thought it was a flare but it's just scar tissue from my resection. Dealing with a stricture. Remission from my resection, 19 years and counting.
03-24-2013, 03:23 AM   #21
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Two cats and a dog before diagnosis. The dog had parvo (a not uncommon but dangerous virus) as a puppy.
03-24-2013, 03:35 AM   #22
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Crohn's in colon and terminal ileum. Adopted a cat 3-4 months before symptoms started. She was never sick though.
03-25-2013, 02:35 AM   #23
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I had a cat at my main home before diagnosis, but my dad lived on a farm and I spent 1/4 of my time there too with (farm)cats, dogs and horses and other animals too.

Now I have cats and a dog.
Crohn's diagnosed in -93 (age 12)
I have had several operations with the result in short gut syndrome.
Ileostomy (2008).
Meds: Humira and tons of nutrition supliments including B12 and D injections.
Hypokalemia (hypopotassemia) and hypomagnesemia.
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03-25-2013, 02:49 AM   #24
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Agggg, sorry Kiny I was too quick before I read it all and voted for dog, but my Crohn's is in my colon not ileum - please disregard my vote

Diagnosed with Crohn's colitis October 2011
150mg Imuran
Started Humira 40mg 26/03/13
Vit D Supplement

"There's nothing you can do that can't be done."
03-25-2013, 04:16 AM   #25
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I had both, one cat 3 dogs. (for some reason that was always the ratio :P) but i voted for cat
Crohn's since 2007
15 Abdominal Surgeries since 2008
Severe Non-repairable abdominal hernia
Ankilosing Spondylitis
Inflammatory Arthritis

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Asacol HD
03-25-2013, 05:43 AM   #26
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I have had my cat since I was 5, and I was diagnosed at 16, I'm almost 22 and he is still going strong
I don't think he has ever been unwell. Well, been to the vets a lot for getting into fights/injuring himself and now he has arthritis (bless him).
Diagnosed with CD March 08 at 17
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03-28-2013, 06:35 PM   #27
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We have two cats.
03-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #28
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Dog only when my hubby was diagnosed and cat and dog when my son was diagnosed. voted dog. Both have Crohn's located in ileum

Mom to Jack (18) dx Crohn's 2/2010
Remicade - started 1/9/14; 7.5ml/kg every 6 weeks
Past meds: Imuran/Azathioprine; allopurinol; methotrexate; LDN; Prednisone; Apriso; Pentasa; EEN

Husband dx Crohn's 3/1993
currently none due to liver issues
03-29-2013, 08:40 AM   #29
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I have a 6 pets which include dogs and cats. My dog Sammy had mild Colitis. He passed away 6 months ago. He was 16.

I want to add that having animals helped me though some very tough times. When I'm ill they lay with me, lick my face, and do very cute things that make me smile. They're a big responsibility but the rewards out weigh the effort it takes to feed them and play with them.
03-31-2013, 11:06 AM   #30
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I had cats a long long time ago but now I've had dogs post DX and pre DX. I also work in an animal hospital

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