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Does Your Dog Suffer From IBD?

Posted May 31, 2016

Is your dog suffering from vomiting or chronic diarrhea? Do they seem tired, and have a poor coat condition. These symptoms may mean that your dog is suffering from Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD).

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease in dogs is the name given to a group of digestive system diseases that result in the inflammation of the intestines and other chronic symptoms related to the GI system.

Inflammatory bowel disease can affect any dog of any age, or any breed. Some breeds like the German Shepherd, Yorkshire Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, and French Bulldog may be more predisposed to suffering from IBD.

What Causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs?

There is no single known cause for inflammatory bowel disease in dogs. Potential factors or possible causes can include: parasite, fungi, bacteria, food hypersensitivity, or other underlying diseases and disorders like cancer, as well as genetic predisposition.

Although food allergies may contribute to the development of the disease by further triggering inflammation through allergic reactions inside the intestine, they are not thought to be the cause of the disease.

What are the Symptoms of IBD in Dogs?

Signs and symptoms of IBD come and go, but the most common clinical signs seen in pets with IBD and include: vomiting, diarrhea, changes in appetite, and weight loss, gas, bright red blood in stools, and poor coat condition.

Treatment for IBD in Dogs

Treatment goals are management based since no “cure” exists for IBD. Goals of treatment for IBD include reducing or eliminating diarrhea and vomiting, as well as stabilizing a healthy body weight.

Conventional treatment for IBD in pets includes using Glucocorticoids, which are aniti-inflammatory and immune suppressing drugs. Since inflammation is part of the body’s immune response, it is thought that suppressing the immune system may aid with inflammation. Other conventional treatments include antibiotics.

Your veterinarian may also recommend you feed a hypoallergenic diet, or elimination diet, which is where you provide your dog with a new source of protein and other changes. The new diet should be the only source of food for a period (4-6 weeks). No other food, including treats, should be fed.

If you need any holistic recipes, please email your NHV pet expert and we will be happy to provide a recipe for your dog.

Natural supplements for IBD in Dogs

As the goal for controlling IBD revolves around eliminating uncomfortable GI symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, while also managing weight, NHV recommends the following natural supplements for pets with IBD.

NHV Plantaeris – will help to naturally reduce your dog’s diarrhea, while helping to maintain normal bowel function. Plantaeris contains herbs like Myrrh, Mullein, and Ginger, which help to relieve spasms, inflammation, and improve muscle tone. The other herbs in this proprietary blend, like Barberry, Thyme and Oregon grape help reduce bacterial and parasitic infections.

NHV Inulin PK, which is a natural parasite cleanser, will help any underlying parasitic causes of inflammatory bowel disease. Inulin PK contains herbs like Wormwood and Jamaica Quassia, which help to expel parasites, while herbs like Bacopa clear toxins and improve healing.

NHV Yucca will help by providing appetite stimulation, helping digestion, and helping your pet cope with abdominal pain. Yucca root is also very nutritious and is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, B vitamins, magnesium, iron, calcium, manganese, protein, miacin, and phosphorus.

NHV Multi Essentials helps your pet get essential vitamins and minerals through plant based sources. Giving your pet vitamins and minerals from whole sources and not just isolated synthetic sources. Plant based vitamins and minerals keeps your pet healthy while reducing the potential for toxicity in the body. Read why natural sources of vitamins are more beneficial here.

If you have any questions on Inflammatory Bowel Disease in dogs, or need recipes or advise on natural supplements, please contact your NHV Pet Expert. We’re here to help you and fur baby.

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