Signs and symptoms of IBS and IBD in dogs
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.
A vet will usually diagnose IBS once all other gut-based conditions (worms, gastroenteritis, colitis, pancreatitis etc.) are ruled out. On the other hand, if similar symptoms are seen daily, your dog may have IBD. This is an inflammatory condition of the gut (which works a bit like a constant allergic reaction) that can upset its ability to use nutrients properly.
Noting your dog’s usual behaviours and paying attention to their poo quality will go a long way in helping to diagnose the problem and start the road to treatment. You know your dog best - if you think there’s something wrong, get them checked out by your vet.