What is colitis in dogs?

Colitis

Colitis in dogs occurs when there is inflammation in the colon. Reducing the likelihood of colitis developing involves avoiding stress for your dog, ensuring any parasites or illnesses are promptly treated and feeding a good quality diet appropriate for your dog.

The digestive system is at its simplest a long tube running from the mouth to the anus. The last section of the tube is called the large intestine or colon. In this section, the parts of food the body cannot digest are gathered, excess water is removed and returned into the body, and stools are formed to be excreted as solid waste. Colitis in dogs occurs when there is inflammation in the colon.

Some use the term colitis interchangeably with large bowel diarrhoea, but this is not accurate. Large bowel diarrhoea can be a symptom of a number of conditions, of which colitis is one, and diarrhoea is the most commonly seen colitis symptom. There are two kinds. Acute colitis is a one-off event lasting a few days, often following eating something unsuitable. Alternatively, an undiagnosed infection or parasite burden may require treatment. Chronic colitis is an ongoing condition in which symptoms can come and go but the underlying condition can be present for the dog’s entire life. Reducing the likelihood of colitis developing involves avoiding stress for your dog, ensuring any parasites or illnesses are promptly treated and feeding a good quality diet appropriate for your dog.

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