Inflammatory bowel disease is a condition that affects a lot of people. However, many people might be surprised to realize that it is also a condition that affects a lot of dogs, as well. It is a condition that is characterized by having chronically inflamed intestines. Because of this, a lot of foods can cause problems and/or negative reactions in dogs.
In this article, we will be going over some of the causes of irritable bowel disease in dogs, how to treat it, and more information about it in general.
What Causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Dogs?
The actual cause of inflammatory bowel disease in dogs is actually unknown. There are many different aspects that likely play a role in this disease in dogs including; nutrition, genetics, immune system, etc. Therefore, this makes it a very difficult disease to treat.
What are The Symptoms Of The Disease In Dogs?
The most common symptoms and signs of this particular disease in dogs are vomiting, weight loss, and diarrhea.
The signs and the symptoms of the disease are likely to vary a lot depending on the portion of the gastrointestinal that is involved with the digestion process.
A lot of the times, you may notice that your dog has blood and/or mucus in their stools. Also, you may notice that their stools become loose and that they become depressed and/or lose their appetite.
How Is It Diagnosed?
The fact is, this disease is generally diagnosed if one or more of the symptoms persist. If one or more of the symptoms persist, your dog is likely going to be dealing with the disease in some form or another. Therefore, you will need to do everything that you can in order to minimize the impact that the disease has on your dog(s).
How Is It Treated?
The fact is, irritable bowel disease is one of the hardest diseases to treat because the direct cause is unknown. When you do not have the information as to what causes the disease in the first place, you are not very likely to figure out how best to handle it.
Because you do not know what causes the disease, there is a high probability that you do not know what to do to stop it. In reality, there really is one good treatment for the disease that everyone should try for their dog’s sake.
This treatment option is known as prevention. Below we will discuss how you can attempt to prevent your dog from ever experiencing irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
How To Prevent Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms:
1. Elimination Diet.
The best way to avoid experiencing irritable bowel syndrome symptoms would have to be through an elimination diet. An elimination diet is easily one of the best ways to avoid experiencing these issues because you can tell what is making your dog’s irritable bowel syndrome worse.
Typically, there are certain foods that can trigger the symptoms of the disease and there are certain foods that are completely safe to eat without having to worry about experiencing the symptoms. If you focus on eliminating the foods from your dog’s diet that are causing him/her problems, you are more likely to be able to prevent irritable bowel syndrome symptoms in your dog(s).
The key is to really find out what is negatively affecting them and eliminate it completely. A lot of people find out that grains can cause a lot of problems in dogs because their diets in the wild typically will not include them.
By doing this, you should be able to figure out what is triggering the symptoms and what foods are safe for your dog to consume. The best two things to start off with for your elimination diet are going to be boiled chicken with no seasoning and white rice.
By giving your dog these foods, you should notice an improvement in their IBS because these foods typically cause the least amount of stress and reaction to dogs with IBS symptoms.
2. High Quality Food.
Another thing that you are going to want to be sure that you are doing is feeding your dog(s) high quality food that come from high quality food sources.
If you are not feeding your dog a raw diet and you are feeding them dry kibble, you are going to want to be sure that you are purchasing the food from a reputable brand that is going to be good for your dog(s) stomach and body as a whole.
Be sure that the food contains what it says it contains. Also, be sure that the food has a high amount of protein and that it is grain free. As noted previously, grains typically cause problems in dogs with IBS.
By following the advice in this article, you should be able to eliminate IBS symptoms from your dog completely with a little trial and error.