Jamie's stomach and intestinal biopsy results are back from Iowa State University.
He has moderate inflammatory bowel disease. Apparently, there are three stages: mild, moderate and severe.
No cancer was detected.
I am so relieved to A) have a diagnosis and B) that the diagnosis is not cancer I am practically dysfunctional at this point. I know IBD is neither curable nor pleasant but it is manageable and with care, he should be able to be comfortable and happy.
He will start on prednisone tonight, as well as a food with a single, novel protein source. This may be a little harder than the vets realize since Jamie has eaten darn near EVERYTHING in his life, one of the obvious drawbacks of feeding a variety of foods and not "being married" to any single brand or formula.
It's possible he's had this condition for quite some time but didn't show symptoms until recently. I asked the vet if it was strange that he's nearly 12 years old, has been a complete goat all his life and is just getting this now. She said not necessarily, it can happen to dogs of any age.
Live and learn.
Hug your dogs. Hug your partners. Life changes quickly.