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Inflammatory Bowel in Dogs / Inflammatory Bowel in Cats

Inflammatory Bowel in Dogs / Inflammatory Bowel in Cats

Herbal treatments for symptoms related to chronic Inflammatory Bowel and to help prevent symptoms of colitis.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

Ulcerative colitis in dogs is an inflammatory bowel condition of the large intestine. It is most often associated with Irritable Bowel Disorder or with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder in which histiocytes, a type of cell responsible for causing inflammation in the body, penetrate the walls of your dog's intestine. Here's what you should know about ulcerative colitis in dogs.

Ulcerative colitis occurs most often in puppies less than one year of age. Dogs with ulcerative colitis move their bowels more frequently, though they still pass the same amount of stool. They may strain to move their bowels, and their stool may contain blood or mucous.

Dogs with ulcerative colitis may become prone to accidents inside the house, since they can feel a great deal of urgency to move their bowels. They may vomit and experience loss of appetite. Weight loss can occur. Dogs with ulcerative colitis may appear depressed or lethargic. Dogs with ulcerative colitis often develop hemorrhoids as a result of straining to move their bowels.

Your dog could experience chronic stomach and abdominal pain as a result of ulcerative colitis. Your dog could spit up blood or bleed rectally. In severe cases, your dog could experience internal bleeding on a life threatening level.

You will see that ulcerative colitis primarily occurs in breeds like the boxer or the French bulldog. Puppies that are younger than 1 year of age have more chances of getting ulcerative colitis.

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis are:

Frequency of passing stool increases, however, the volume of stool passed remains pretty much normal Defecation requires a lot of strain and is not done easily Drop of blood and mucus are visible in the stool Dog displays great urgency to pass stool so he might become more accident prone Frequent vomiting A sense of lethargy Loss of appetite Some weight loss

The animal body is like a machine, taking in fuel in the form of food and discharging waste in the form of urine and solid waste. During the process of digestion, your pet takes nutrients from food and breaks them down into usable components in the body. Digestion and absorption of nutrients first takes place in the stomach and then in the small intestines.

However, fiber and roughage cannot be broken down and digested and therefore passes unchanged through the small intestine to the large intestine (also known as the colon). When this matter first enters the colon, water is extracted from it and is re-absorbed back into the body and the matter left behind loses water and becomes more solid.

This solid waste is then propelled along the colon by rhythmic contractions of the muscles. When solid waste enters the largest part of the colon, known as the rectum, animals get the signal that they need to empty their bowels.

Inflammatory bowel disease or IBD is a condition that can occur in humans, dogs, cats and horses. IBD simply refers to a group of gastro-intestinal disorders that causes irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the digestive tract, specifically the small and large intestines as well as the regional lymph nodes.

Inflammatory bowel disease results in a number of digestive symptoms including abdominal pain or colic, constipation, chronic diarrhea, bloating, and flatulence. Other symptoms include weight loss, recurrent episodes of colic, hypoproteinemia (abnormally low level of protein in the blood) as well generalized sin problems.

As with human inflammatory bowel disease, the cause of IBD is not fully understood. There do however seem to be a number of contributing factors which seem to exacerbate the condition. These include poor diet, stress, allergies (particularly food allergies), continual use of antibiotics, viral and bacterial infections, and parasites.

Animals need to follow a healthy diet, with the correct amount of fiber and roughage. Too little roughage will lead to loose stools (diarrhea) while stools that have too much fiber will be hard to pass and lead to constipation. Regular bowel movements are critical to the health of your pet.

If your pet is struggling to pass stools or has loose, runny stools or passes excessive amounts of gas, this may also indicate a bowel problem. If your pet has loose stool, your vet may prescribe a medication to help ‘bulk up’ their fecal matter. Similarly your vet may prescribe a stool softener to help loosen hard, firm stools that may be backing up in the bowel.                                                  

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used to treat Irritable Bowel Disorder, to promote healthy digestion and healthy bowel movements for your pets, to act as a natural system cleanser, to reduce colic and symptoms of colic, to relieve symptoms of acute colic, stomach cramps and gas, to optimize digestion, to calm gastro-intestinal disturbances and for all forms of digestive complaints.

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Keep in mind these medications may come with other side effects. If you suspect your pet may have an irritable bowel, be constipated or suffering from diarrhea – consult with your vet and research different options.

Conventional Remedies:

If your animals show signs of signs of IBD then you should call your local veterinarian. Chronic inflammatory bowel disease is a serious condition and it can cause repeated bouts of colic which can be incredibly painful and dangerous.

Your vet will take a thorough history and will check for the presence of thickened bowel or enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes on rectal palpation. Blood tests may also be necessary to determine low serum protein concentration which is often a symptom of IBD. In some cases as intestinal or rectal biopsy may also be advised.

Treatment of colic often involves medications such as corticosteroids, metronidazole, and the antimetabolite "azathioprine". Unfortunately, many of these medications have limited success rates in IBD.

In addition to medications, your vet may also suggest a change in diet and feeding routine. Frequent feeding of good-quality, high-energy feeds have been shown to help. Surgery may be an option in cases where only a small accessible portion of the intestine is affected.

    

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