Q: How to Help Dog with Irritable Bowel Disease
I have a chocolate lab that has irritable bowel disease. What can I do to ensure that she has the best life I can give her?
Q: I have a chocolate lab that has irritable bowel disease. What can I do to ensure that she has the best life I can give her?
A: Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder commonly caused by stress or anxiety. This diagnosis can be made after other causes of diarrhea are ruled out. To treat IBS, stress must be kept to a minimum, sometimes even with the help of anti anxiety drugs prescribed by your veterinarian. Fiber supplementation (Metamucil) or high fiber diets can also be a help.
Inflammatory bowel disease is another cause of chronic diarrhea where the intestines are thickened and inflammed. This disease is diagnosed with an intestinal biopsy and is treated with various prescription drugs and diets.
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