Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in Dogs
Irritable bowel syndrome (also known as inflammatory bowel disease) is a group of digestive system diseases identified by persistent signs of inflammation. The condition has no known cause; however, it has been suggested that bacteria, parasites, food, stress, and allergies could cause inflammation that contributes to development of the disease. IBS is often difficult to diagnose because it tends to come and go over time with symptoms similar to other diseases. The condition can rarely be cured, but dietary changes have been known to help reduce symptoms. If the condition is caused by parasites, then deworming may help ease the symptoms.
The disease appears to affect dogs of all ages, sexes, and breeds, although it is more common in German shepherds, Yorkshire terriers, and Cocker spaniels. The average age of onset is six, although dogs as young as two have developed it.
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Dogs
- abdominal pain
- frequent passing of small feces and mucous
- weight loss
To reduce dehydration, have a full bowl of clean water available at all times. Visit your vet to discuss what might be causing your dog’s discomfort and what can be done to relieve it. Talk to your vet about appropriate treatment, and remember never to self diagnose.
Dietary supplements may help. If the irritable bowel syndrome is caused by bacteria, food, or allergies, then a combination of Stimmune and Plantaeris is recommended. If the condition is stress-related, then a combination of Plantaeris and Lesstress may help. For conditions caused by parasites, combine Inulin PK, and Plantareis.