How To Treat IBD, IBS & Colitis In Dogs Naturally

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Natural Remedies For IBD, Diarrhea & Colitis in Dogs
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. Dog vomiting and diarrhea can occur due to a change in diet, stress, a dietary indiscretion (eating out of the trash can or scavenging outdoors) or a parasitic or bacterial infection. These episodes of dog vomiting and diarrhea usually resolve within a few days.

If dog vomiting and diarrhea persist than a few hours, 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 vomiting, 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.

Does Your Dog Have Any of These Symptoms?
  • Diarrhea that lasts over 48 hours
  • Blood or mucus in stool
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loud stomach noises, stomach gurgling
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Abdominal discomfort or swelling
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:

  • Lymphoplasmacytic enteritis is the most common IBD in dogs. Lymphocytes and plasma cells infiltrate the lining of the stomach and intestine, and the body reacts to the intestinal bacteria by releasing immune cells that cause inflammation. The intensity and frequency of episodes generally increases over time.

  • Eosinophilic enteritis is when the lining of the stomach and intestines is infiltrated by eosinophils, a specific type of white blood cell. In some cases of eosinophilic enteritis, there appears to be an allergic response to dietary proteins.

  • Lymphangiectasia is a disease in which the lymphatic vessels in the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small intestines, and large intestines) dilate and become inflamed. This can result in the loss of protein through the intestines. It is common to be grouped with other diseases associated with malabsorption, such as protein-losing enteropathies (PLE). The lymphatic vessels help absorb fats from food. When the vessels are dilated and under pressure, they can rupture, and the lymph, cells, fats and proteins inside them will be lost. Though lymphangiectasia is not an inflammatory bowel disease, the clinical signs are very similar and secondary lymphangiectasia may develop as a result of severe and prolonged IBD.

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::

  • Small bowel diarrhea is characterized by large volumes of diarrhea or watery diarrhea. Both can quickly lead to dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance.

  • Large bowel diarrhea is when the diarrhea originates from the lower bowel or colon. With this type of diarrhea, a pet will seem uncomfortable and strain to go. They will only pass small amounts of soft, mucousy, and/or bloody stool.

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. Stress colitis in dogs can be the result of a trip to the vet or being left home alone. A pet can quickly become very weak and dehydrated from bloody stools. Dog colitis natural treatment includes supplements as well as dietary changes.

Gastritis or gastroenteritis are inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Gastritis affects only the stomach. Both can be caused by bacteria, viruses, medications or foods. Both conditions can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Natural remedies can provide fast relief from the gas, pain and burning of an upset stomach.

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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!

Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract - A few drops of this professional veterinary strength oil can help reduce inflammation and support a healthy immune system. This dog CBD oil helps to control inflammation and relieve the symptoms of IBD and IBS. The ingredients in Happy Paws are being researched for their ability to reduce pain, inflammation and discomfort. Each 1oz bottle contains 550mg of full-spectrum hemp extract in an unflavored all-natural coconut oil base. 100% organic. Made in the USA.

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.

Does Pumpkin Help With Dog Diarrhea?

Pumpkin is helpful for dogs with IBS and IBD. 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, diarrhea and IBS in dogs 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. Many people are looking for the best homemade diet for dogs with IBD. 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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