IBS And IBD
The first place to start is the diet. A dog with symptoms of IBS or IBD can benefit from a natural, easily digestible diet containing limited ingredients. Avoiding highly processed pet foods, those with artificial additives such as colours and flavours, treats and table scraps can all help. Sticking to grain-free recipes is recommended as grains can sometimes cause an inflammatory reaction in the digestive system. Getting the right amount and type of dietary fibre is important, so check the label for natural fibre sources.
If your dog has intermittent bouts of diarrhoea/constipation or episodes of frequently passing small amounts of poo containing mucus, they may have IBS. Other signs of a flare-up can include bloating, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, vomiting and a general dwindling of their usual energy.
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) are two different conditions of the bowel (part of the digestive system), but the two names are often mistakenly used interchangeably. It can be confusing because some of the outward signs are similar.
Although no one really knows the exact cause, IBS and IBD are usually diagnosed after all other potential causes of digestive issues are ruled out, such as worms, gastroenteritis, colitis, pancreatitis etc. Some dogs have a dietary intolerance or sensitivity, which means their gut doesn’t respond well to certain foods. Dogs can also be allergic to certain proteins in their food; the most common dietary allergens for dogs are beef, chicken, wheat, corn, milk and eggs.
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