Natural Treatments for Dog Diarrhea, Colitis, IBD and IBS
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Diarrhea, Colitis & IBS in Dogs
What does it mean if my dog has chronic diarrhea? What if I see blood or mucus in my dog's poop? It is gross to talk about, but it can be pretty common in our canine friends. Dogs can get diarrhea due to a change in diet, stress, a dietary indiscretion (eating out of the trash can or scavenging outdoors) or an infection. These episodes of dog diarrhea usually resolve within a few days.
If diarrhea persists for more than a couple of days, then it is essential to contact your veterinarian. Dogs can quickly become weak and dehydrated. Bloody diarrhea or mucus in the stool can be signs of a more critical condition, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), liver disease, protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) or even cancer. Your veterinarian will perform a full exam and take a complete history of your dog's symptoms. Fecal tests, X-rays, an ultrasound, an endoscopy and/or intestinal biopsies may be necessary for a diagnosis.
Treatments for diarrhea and bowel disorders will depend on the underlying health condition. It may be as simple as adding pumpkin to your dog's food, or it may require medication along with diet changes. Diet is a huge component in the management of most cases of chronic diarrhea in dogs. By feeding the appropriate diet for your dog's condition and adding natural supplements, you can calm and soothe the digestive tract, firm up stool, relieve tummy rumbling and reduce gas, mucus and bloody stool.
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What Are IBD, Diarrhea and Colitis?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a diagnosis used for a variety of intestinal disorders found in dogs. The disorders are characterized by an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lining of the intestine. This can result in gas, mucus and bloody stool. Pets with IBD and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) frequently experience diarrhea, vomiting and gurgling tummies. These conditions are commonly caused by or exacerbated by food intolerances or stress. If you frequently hear your dog's stomach making noises accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea, it’s possible that your canine companion is suffering from some type of irritable bowel syndrome. Some types of IBD are:
Diarrhea is not a disease, but an uncomfortable symptom of many different diseases. It is characterized by unformed, loose stools that occur in large amounts and/or more often than normal. There are two types of diarrhea in dogs::
Colitis is an inflammation or irritation of the colon or large intestine. It commonly causes gooey diarrhea featuring mucus, fresh blood or both. It is often accompanied by cramping, gas and an urgency to defecate. Eating too many treats or raiding the trash can cause colitis, or it may be stress induced. A pet can quickly become very weak and dehydrated from bloody stools. Dog colitis natural treatment includes supplements as well as dietary changes.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Colitis and Dog Diarrhea Treatments
When dealing with inflammatory bowel disease in dogs, natural treatment can yield great results. Below, you’ll find our holistic recommendations for treating IBD, colitis and diarrhea in dogs.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit - These three natural remedies for colitis, IBD and dog diarrhea deliver amazing results! Our IBD Kit has been used successfully to help many dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), chronic diarrhea, and colitis. Along with conventional veterinary treatments, the IBD Kit is highly recommended to support dogs diagnosed with lymphangiectasia. The IBD Kit is primarily intended for smaller pets.
Power Probiotic - Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula repopulates the good, friendly bacteria your pet’s digestive system needs, which are often deficient in pets with digestive conditions such as lymphangiectasia, IBD and PLE. It’s pure, safe and natural, with no fillers! Many pets love the taste of Power Probiotic!
K9 Digestive Enzymes - This is the #1 choice for dogs with malabsorption. It helps to maintain normal digestive function. It contains pancreatin and ox bile for increased absorption of proteins and fats. An adequate level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) is essential for proper functioning of the digestive system. It activates the digestive enzymes that break down foods. An optimal level of stomach acid can keep the digestive system free of bacteria, yeast and parasites.
Colostrum for Pets - This supplement is great for pets that have (or had) worms or parasites (e.g., giardia) as it helps to heal the intestinal lining, preventing further inflammation that can result in a weakened immune system. For best results when your pet has been diagnosed with giardia, hookworms, parasites or roundworms, use this product along with Power Probiotic to help support your pet's intestinal tract and prevent reinfection. Many cats and dogs that have had giardia can get repeat infections or have a hard time fighting off reinfection. Using these two products together helps your pet's immune system and restores the natural balance in the intestines.
Does Pumpkin Help With Dog Diarrhea?
A small amount of pure canned pumpkin (not raw or the sugary, spicy pie filling) mixed into your dog's food can help with digestive problems, diarrhea, loose stool or constipation. If your dog has diarrhea, the soluble fiber in pumpkin will help absorb the excess water, helping to firm up the stool. The high fiber content in pumpkin helps to regulate the natural wave action of the intestinal tract. It is also a good source of natural vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants. Due to the additional fiber, a daily dose of pumpkin can help your dog feel full longer and may help promote weight loss.
What If My Dog Has Mucus in His Stool? Or Bloody Poop?
If you see mucus or blood in your dog's poop, then please contact your veterinarian. Your vet will perform a fecal test to determine what is causing the blood and mucus. There are many potential causes for blood and mucus in the stool. It is a sign of inflammation in the GI tract. Worm infestations, chronic diarrhea, food intolerances, viruses (such as parvovirus and coronavirus), giardia, a bowel obstruction, liver disease, IBD and some cancers can cause blood and/or mucus in the stool.
There are two types of blood that can be found in your dog's stool: hematochezia and melena. Hematochezia is a bright-red blood in the stool. This comes from the lower gastrointestinal tract, including the colon and rectum. Melena is dark, black, tarry stool that contains digested blood from high up in the intestines. Both hematochezia and melena may be an indication of a serious health problem, or they could indicate something very minor. If the bleeding episodes continue, please work with your veterinarian to determine the cause.
Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) can be very disturbing for you and your dog. It is the sudden onset of vomiting that is accompanied by large amounts of dog bloody diarrhea. Many veterinarians compare the stool to raspberry jelly. HGE is acute inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It can quickly become life-threatening due to blood loss and dehydration. HGE is more often seen in certain small-breed dogs, such as miniature schnauzers, dachshunds, Yorkshire terriers and miniature poodles.
With all cases of blood and mucus in the stool, it is very important to have your dog examined by a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause. Treatment may include antibiotics or antifungals and/or require hospitalization. Our natural supplement protocols for IBD, colitis and diarrhea can offer long-term relief from symptoms, especially when our dog gastroenteritis home treatments are used in conjunction with recommended treatments from your veterinarian. Using the appropriate hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory diet along with our natural remedies can be life changing for your dog!
The Best Diet for Dogs With IBD, Diarrhea and Colitis
Many dog digestive and bowel disorders occur because of food allergies or food intolerances, resulting in malabsorption, inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and poor utilization of nutrients. Pets with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), chronic diarrhea and colitis should eat a grain-free, hypoallergenic diet. Finding the right diet for your dog can be quite a challenge because these dogs can be very sensitive and picky. It is very important to avoid proteins that your dog may not tolerate. For example, poultry can be a problem for many dogs with IBD. Dry kibble can be especially difficult for pets to digest as well.
Finding the right diet and supplement regimen can often be the key that finally controls your dog's bowel symptoms. Prescription diets may not resolve the problem, as they often contain ingredients your pet cannot tolerate. (Click here to read about prescription diet foods.) Most pet owners find that just by making some small modifications to the diet along with adding a powerful probiotic and digestive enzymes, their dog's diarrhea and bowel disorders improve. Many times pet owners have been to several veterinarians and specialists with no improvement. Patience is needed with pets that have IBD, chronic diarrhea and colitis. Ask Ariel has had many success stories, and we have had extensive experience working with dogs that have these conditions.
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