What are IBS and IBD in dogs?


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.

IBS (sometimes called sensitive stomach) may seem to come and go. Bouts of IBS can be triggered by a change in diet or routine: symptoms such as intermittent diarrhoea may last a few days then appear to resolve, often set off again if the trigger isn’t removed.

In contrast, IBD is a persistent, chronic (long-term) condition so symptoms that don’t go away are more likely to be IBD.

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