You may have heard about this disorder in people, but dogs are also able to get irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome in dogs is a relatively common condition, and it can affect a dog of any breed or gender. Irritable bowel syndrome can be a painful and uncomfortable problem for a dog to have to deal with.
Some symptoms that a dog might experience if they have irritable bowel syndrome are diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas, difficulty passing feces and vomiting. You may also notice that your dog is only passing a small amount of feces when they go to the bathroom but they are passing feces more often, this is also a commonly seen symptom of irritable bowel syndrome. If your dog experience any unusual symptoms, it’s important to contact a veterinarian.
The veterinarian will do a physical examination of the dog and the dog’s symptoms. The veterinarian will have to rule out all other possible conditions that can cause similar symptoms. As a result, it is common for the veterinarian to test for parasites, viruses, cancer, and bacteria that could be causing similar symptoms. The veterinarian may do a blood count and ultrasound, among many other possible tests. Dogs that have irritable bowel syndrome usually do best if they stick to eating a diet that consists of easily digestible food. The veterinarian will usually inform you of what food to feed them and how to properly alter the dogs diet.
If the dog is confirmed for having irritable bowel syndrome then the veterinarian may give your dog anti diarrhea medications if they are having severe diarrhea. Some medications for other uncomfortable symptoms may be given, such as medications to reduce the amount of gas or bloating. These medications will make the dog feel better and less uncomfortable.
Once home, you should do exactly as the veterinarian recommended. Make sure to give the dog medications as the veterinarian directed, and keep a watchful eye on the dog to make sure they are getting better and not getting any worse. Stick to the diet that is recommended for dogs with irritable bowel syndrome, and try your best not to feed the dog any human foods or scraps. Giving dogs any chew toys, such as bones or raw hides, should be avoided. Give your dog lots of love and care, and try your best to minimize anything that could cause the dog stress, as stress can contribute to this condition.