Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Puppy

Q: My 10 month old lab mix Molly has bouts of diarrhea and vomiting  We have tried different foods and it goes away for awhile but then comes back. Originally, she had worms and my vet gave me medication for that a couple of times but she doesn't have them anymore. Molly has been on a lot of different medications but once they are finished, she has soft stool like pudding. Do you have any suggestions?

A: So sorry that Molly is having difficulty. It is good that you are addressing this issue now. Many people often think their pet just "got into something" and then don't follow through. Sometimes IBD starts, just like you said from parasites, worms or giardia. This can cause some irritation in the puppy's intestinal tract. But, when it persists and no further parasites are found, your veterinarian may diagnose the condition as inflammatory bowel disesase (IBD).

It is essential to use the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs to help your pet feel better. The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs helps repair your pet's intestinal lining, increases absorption and helps your pet feel better again.

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.

Food allergies are often the culprit. The trick is identifying the foods that your pet is allergic to. That is why it is so important to have a veterinary professional assist you. Dietary modification including the addition of enzyme rich foods and supplements can be very helpful. One critical ingredient though is identifying the protein source(s) that your pet can tolerate. Improper digestion of protein can result in an allergic reaction and further inflammation. There is no "one" protein source that is considered hypoallergenic---thus we strongly encourage anyone who has a pet with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to schedule a consultation as a dietary modification protocol with various food trials is required.

There are some supplements that will also help. Try Soothing Digestive Relief, Power Probiotic and Colostrum for Pets to start with, and then you can always add additional products such as Notatum capsules or drops and Roqueforti drops. Please be patient. Pets with IBD have difficulty changing diets.