Inflammatory Bowel Syndome In Dogs

An Introduction

Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD happens, when a dog’s intestine and or stomach, gives shelter to unusual inflammatory cells. Beginning as a reaction, these provocative cells ignite changes in the wall of the affected part. And inhibits usual passing and absorption of the food.

Some confuse IBD to be Irritable bowel syndrome and takes the actions to that the condition. Irritable bowel syndrome happens due to psychological stress, rather than being a physiological action.

Most Affected Breeds

Any breed can have the condition. But, races that can promptly develop the condition are Basenjis, Shar-peis, Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers, and German Shepherds.


The exact cause of the condition, is still out of reach from the experts. Some might even find it funny, but experts are still confused and balance themselves in between, even considering the condition a disease. It may happen that the body suddenly reacts, shielding against a particular disorder, and mistaking this to be IBD.

A variety of factors can generate the condition, such as genetics, a sudden allergic reaction, parasitic attack, sudden onset of harmful bacterial accumulation.Even an abnormal immune system can also set fire to the condition. Many times, the exact cause of the condition is difficult to guess. Vets, mostly provide treatments according to the patient's response towards a particular medicine.

Signs and Symptoms

The massive amount of vomiting can signify, especially an inflammation of the intestine, a prolonged period of Diarrhea, accompanying blood and mucous strains. Medical signs can often come and go. Sometimes, the whole gastrointestinal tract can get affected. A patient may also suffer a reduction the appetite. Also, the dog can get melancholy.


The vet may confirm IBD after he sees and measures the symptoms, the dog is having. The definitive way of diagnosing the illness is through a biopsy. The vet will permit a biopsy, only after ruling out the possibilities of any other disease, or the existence of any microorganism.

A biopsy will show the presence of the exact amount of inflammations, either in the intestine or the stomach. Radiographs, blood works, microscopic fecal examination, along with an ultrasound exam often comes under the recommendation list before conducting a gastrointestinal biopsy.       


There is no cure for the condition. Controlling is only the option. Mainly through diet and medications, following the recommendation of the vet. One has to find the exact solution, to treat the condition is one of the most tricky parts. The owner has to work closely with the vet to fight off the condition. Thanks to the modern medicine, some dogs will respond well to the drug and may do well without the drugs.

Visit the Vet, when:

The dog suffers from severe diarrhea or vomiting. Again, an immediate visiting the vet, during the sudden loss of weight, reduction of the appetite, and unusual laziness.

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