Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats
Feline and Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a condition that exists when
white blood cells line the digestive tract and inhibit nutrient
absorption causing severe weight loss and other symptoms common
to intestinal disorders.
Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats
Symptoms of IBD in cats and dogs include:
- Severe weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Distended abdomen
- Blood or mucous in the feces
- Difficulty with bowel movements
Causes of IBD in cats and dogs
IBD may be caused by poor diet, food allergies, parasitic infections
or adverse drug reactions. In recent years, more pets are being
diagnosed with IBD and some veterinarians feel the increase is a
result of pets being over-vaccinated and and/or excessive use of
antiobiotics and steroids.
Many holistic veterinarians recommend probiotic and digestive enzymes to help restore healthy gut flora, herbs to soothe inflammation and other nutrients to heal the intestinal tract.
Gastrointestinal disorders in dogs and cats often present very similar symptoms (diarrhea,
vomiting, loss of appetite) and if the symptoms persist, a trip
to the vet should be scheduled to rule out more serious conditions
of the liver or kidneys. A fecal exam will show the presences of
parasites, giardia or a bacterial infection. A biopsy of the intestinal
lining will indicate whether or not your pet has IBD.
Natural Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats
As with most GI disorders, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a change in diet is the first step. A
rice-based fresh food diet with added protein such as tofu is suggested
or a high-quality canned food diet. Avoid dairy, wheat, corn or
animal based products until the symptoms subside.
Supplements containing probiotics will help
replenish the intestinal tract with healthy bacteria and reduce the symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome pets.
Natural Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats:
NaturVet Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics
Complete Probiotics for Pets
Animal Essentials Plant Enzymes and Probiotics