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Colitis in dogs

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Colitis in dogs is the term used to describe inflamation of the colon (lower bowel).

When the colon becomes inflamed for whatever reason, it can no longer store faeces or absorb water normally.

Symptoms of colitis in dogs can include:

  • Stools containing mucus
  • Cramping
  • Fresh blood in the stools
  • Diarrhoea or loose stools
  • Lack of stool consistency, from complete liquid to solid or a mixture
  • Vomiting, fever, abdominal pain and weight loss in severe cases

CAUSES OF COLITIS IN DOGS

  • Dog eating something that it should not have done.
  • Dogs who habitually raid the bins get colitis quite frequently.
  • Poor quality foods, dairy products, or fatty foods are common culprits.
  • Dietary intolerance to specific food ingredients.
  • Parasites, including hookworm and whipworm.

Please note that the cause of colitis in dogs sometimes cannot be identified.

MANAGING COLITIS

Diet is now recognised as being of major importance in the long-term management of colitis in dogs.

Robbie’s Holistic Cuisine from the Land Of Holistic Pets is known to be an excellent diet for dogs with colitis.

Land of Holistic Pets also have a herbal formula called Intesti-Care which works wonders if an outbreak occurs.

One very important point about colitis - remember it is inflamation of the colon. The skin in the digestive track is for the want of a better term - raw and maybe bleeding.

You need to go gently with food. DO NOT give your dogs digestive system too much work to do by giving poor quality foods or too much food.