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    We have just received a preliminary diagnoses of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Sherman had a scope done last week with biopsies. Doctor is calling tomorrow to go over next steps. Has anybody dealt with this?
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    Oh gosh… I'm so sorry, and yes I've heard this in humans, but NOT dogs. I will tag some people...

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    Bummer, I don't have any experience with this, so hoping for the best for your baby.
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    I knew someone who had this happen to I think it was a boxer. The doc put the babe on steroids and antibiotics and a special diet and it cleared up. That same person is the first one who told me that putting salmon oil into my dogs regular diet helps out a lot. It's a natural anti-inflammatory. I hope it all works out and isn't to much for Sherman. Please keep us posted.

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    I'm so sorry your boy is diagnosed with IBD (is it IBD or only IBS? The latter is fixable with the right diet and supplements) you might want to try digestive enzyme to aid with digestion and l-glutamine to soothe his internal tissues and help rebuild muscles. Hope he feels and get better soon.

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    Hi Jonel, I'm so sorry you are going through his with Sherman. I did t know dogs could suffer from IBS, I do know what it's like though as I have IBS. I control it with a good diet and a probiotics and fibre. I would think it would be similar for dogs. IBS in dogs can be caused by food intolerances or allergies and can be made worse with stress. Getting him on a high quality, high fibre food and adding Probiotics will help, and also you can add pure Pumpkin to his food for extra fibre. I hope he feels better soon.


    This is what I found on IBS in Dogs:

    IBS or irritable bowel syndrome in dogs




    IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that causes an inflammation of the lining of the bowels, and is usually a chronic or long-term condition. Most of us are aware that humans can suffer from this painful and uncomfortable problem, but did you know that dogs can suffer from it as well? If your dog seems to suffer from more than their fair share of stomach problems, often has diarrhoea or digestive issues and appears to be in discomfort on a semi-regular basis without an obvious underlying cause, they may be suffering from IBS. So what exactly is IBS, what does it mean for your dog, and what can you do about it? Read on to learn more.




    What is canine irritable bowel syndrome?




    Canine irritable bowel syndrome refers to a condition that results in the lining of the bowels becoming inflamed, which makes them sore and sensitive and sometimes painful. Sometimes, the level of the inflammation makes it difficult for food to be digested normally, and may be caused due to underlying medical reasons but can also be brought on or triggered due to stress. While IBS can be painful for your dog and addressing the underlying issue causing it is important, IBS in dogs is not connected to any other gastro-intestinal diseases or conditions that can be more serious.




    What are the symptoms of canine IBS?




    IBS in dogs most commonly manifests in the first instance as problems with digestion and going to the toilet. This can present in a variety of ways, often as persistent diarrhoea, but it may also display itself as constipation, bloating, sickness and general discomfort. The stomach area may be sensitive to the touch, and your dog may be unhappy if you try to touch their stomach to investigate further. Excessive licking of the stomach, lying uncomfortably, or peering around to look at the area that is causing the pain may also occur. IBS is a chronic condition, which means that it will probably flare up or re-occur more than once throughout your dog’s life, and so these symptoms observed on one occasion only may not be indicative of canine IBS.




    What causes IBS in dogs?




    IBS flare-ups often have no obvious trigger behind them, although there are a range of issues that can cause the initial episode and later recurrences.






    Stress can sometimes be the cause of IBS development and later recurrences, and addressing stress and anxiety in your dog can go a long way towards minimising the effects of IBS.


    Allergies or intolerances to food, such as wheat, other ingredients of complete foods, colorants and preservatives may trigger off a bout of IBS.


    Abnormal bowel function such as impactions (constipation) eating too quickly, and eating or scavenging the wrong types of food sometimes cause IBS.


    Abnormalities or changes in the body’s regulation of the digestive system for any reason can cause the initial episode and later flare-ups.




    Diagnosing IBS




    You will need to take your dog along to the vet to get a definitive diagnosis of IBS, and further tests might be needed to pinpoint the presence of the condition for certain. Blood tests, sensitivity and allergen testing and getting a thorough history of your dog’s health and their symptoms will all help your vet to reach a conclusion.


    IBS in dogs is sometimes confused with a range of other conditions that have similar symptoms, including bacterial infections, worm infestation, colitis, and abnormalities of the intestines, and it is important to rule out these other potential conditions as part of the diagnostic process.




    Treatment and management of IBS in dogs




    Generally, treatment for IBS can be performed at home after the initial consultations and treatment protocols are decided upon, and it is important to schedule regular follow-up appointments with your vet so that you can establish how well the course of treatment that your dog is undergoing is working, or if you might need to try something else.


    Often, making changes to your dog’s diet is all you will need to do to prevent or minimise the likelihood of later flare-ups of the condition, and your vet may recommend a specially designed prescription diet that is highly digestible and rich in fibre. This will help to maintain the healthy functions of the digestive system and the normal movement of food through the digestive tract.


    If stress is indicated as the reason or one of the triggers of IBS in your dog, it is important to address the root causes of this, and do what you can to reduce your dog’s stress levels and keep them on an even keel. Your vet will be able to help with making recommendations on how to do this, and a canine behaviourist may also be able to provide helpful advice.




    Once your dog has been diagnosed as having suffered from an initial bout of IBS, they will remain prone to recurrences throughout their life, so it is important that you as the owner keep a careful eye on your dog’s general health. Be particularly aware of any changes in the consistency of their stools, and keep an eye out for any of the other symptoms that can indicate a flare-up, such as stomachaches and problems going to the toilet.
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    I have no experience with IBS, but Banks does have colitis which flares up when she is stressed over something. I have meds on the ready to help her. Hoep you are able to find the right diet and he feels better real soon
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    We hope Sherman makes a speedy recovery.

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    Well Sherman does have IBD (colitis)....struggling with the diet modification and trying to find a medicine that helps. Poor Shermie, if it's not one thing it's the other.

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    Poor guy, hopefully you can find the right meds.

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