Friday, March 13, 2009

Cats with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)

Many pet digestive disorders occur because of the cat’s food allergies or food intolerances resulting in malabsorption, inflammation in the GI Tract and poor utilization of nutrients. You may be giving your cat “premium” food or most likely even a prescription diet but your cat could still be allergic to it. Every time your cat eats the food, he or she has an allergic reaction, causing more inflammation which can result in vomiting, diarrhea and intestinal discomfort.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a diagnoses used for a variety of intestinal disorders found in dogs and cats. The disorders are characterized by an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lining of the intestine. One common form of IBD that your veterinarian may have diagnosed in your pet is called lymphoplasmacytic enteritis. Your veterinarian may have diagnosed this after obtaining a biopsy which shows an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells. Other causes of inflammation such as parasites, bacterial or viral infections, exposure to toxic substances and pancreatic causes of small bowel disorders would have been ruled out. Signs that your pet may have lymphoplasmacytic enteritis include chronic diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea (licking of lips) and gurgling noises in the intestine. The vomit may contain bile and in cats it may contain hairballs. There may be mucus, blood and straining with bowel movements.

There is a lot you can do to help your cat or dog with irritable bowel disease (IBD). The first step is to elminate potential foods that contain allergens. For cats and dogs, one of the most common culprits is chicken. Whenever changing foods, be sure to do so slowly as even just changing foods to a better food can cause diarrhea. Supplements that will greatly help irritable bowel disease (IBD):
Probiotic, Tegricel Colostrum and Soothing Digestive Relief Formula available on
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