Understanding
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
in Dogs?


Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD is a general name given for a group of symtptoms that describe what's going on in your dog's bowel. It is known by many other names too. If you've come to this page you already know that what's goin' on, isn't good! Right?



 IBD
is Also Known By These Names


  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS
  • Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Leaky Gut aka Dysbiosis
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Enteritis
  • Gastritis

Symptoms of
Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
in Dogs

Here are some common symptoms associated with dogs who have an irritable or inflamed bowel.

  • blood in the stool
  • chronic diarrhea
  • chronic intermittent vomiting
  • bad breath
  • weight loss
  • anemia
  • infection
  • pain in the abdomen
  • urinary tract problems
  • urgency to defecate ( poop )
  • straining and pain when pooping
  • gas ( flatulence )
  • rumbling, gurgling sounds in the abdomen
  • tiredness, fatigue, wants to sleep a lot
  • depression, inactivity, disinterest in life
  • lack of appetite
  • skin rashes
  • poor coat


What Causes Your Dog to Have
Inflammation in the Bowel?

There are many reasons why a dog might have an irritable or inflamed bowel.


Testing for
Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Your vet may determine that your dog has low red blood cells indicating anemia, and/or high white blood cells indicating infection. The type of bowel  inflammation your dog is experiencing is determined by what type of white blood cells are found.

Your vet can do a biopsy on a piece of bowel tissue, but why would you want to subject your dog to risky and expensive surgery, that must be done under anesthesia? Blood tests are easier and certainly less expensive. Your vet can take a blood sample to find out how well your dog is absorbing two B vitamins:

    Folate is a B vitamin that must be broken down in the small intestine. If this is not happening properly, testing will show low levels of folate. Your dog is having a hard time absorbing nutrients due to inflammation. If folate levels are high, it  means that the bacteria needed for the absorption and utilization of some B vitamins is growing out of control creating a situation known as Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
    Cobalamin is another B vitamin. If levels are low it means that digestion is not working properly. If levels are high this can also affe ct the Pancreas creating a condition known as Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.

Take Charge of Your Dog's Health Today

If the condition of inflammation in your dog's bowel is allowed to continue for long enough, the damage done to the intestinal wall will lead to a condition known as Leaky Gut. The bottom line is, Inflammatory Bowel Disease in dogs, is serious. It's serious and very distressing for your dog. Think about how you would feel if your bowel was hot, red, burning and painful and everything you ate just ran right through you and out the other end!

Your dog's digestive system needs to be healthy from top to bottom.  Good health depends on it. If you suspect that your dog has an irritable bowel, or have received a diagnosis of  Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease, now is your opportunity to take charge of it yourself.  You can help your dog at home in a gentle, natural way that will restore health without the use of drugs.


Get Relief for Your Dog's Irritable Bowel and IBD

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