Dog IBS - How to help your dog when you find out he/she has Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
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A dog is often a member of the family and treated in the same fashion. The same concern is present for a dog, as a person would have for a human child, should he/she be inflicted with a condition. Here we will discuss about the possible ways to validate that he/she has IBS and how to treat this condition to allow your dog to live in comfort.
Some of the intial signs that your dog has IBS is the frequency of diarrhea, straining to defecate, excessive gas, abdominal bloating, nausea and/or vomiting.
If IBS is new with the dog, he/she may start to act differently and may seem like their personality has changed. They may be more quickly irritated, or be more anti-social than what you may be used to before.
Take some of these behavioral signs as warning indicators that something may have changed with your dog's health. The physical attributes however, are direct changes that you can quickly identify and start to determine the next steps with your veterinarian.
Ensure that you bring your dog to the veterinarian to have her/him examined. Procedures would include a complete blood count, urinalysis, fecal cytology, abdominal ultrasound and/or endoscopy.
You want to make sure, just like you would with a human, to have a valid confirmation of the health condition and any identifiable health ailments. This way you have a clear picture of what the problem may be and have a proper treatment plan. This allows you to be focused to work on the problem quickly, rather than trying to do a series of guess work which often quickly fails.
If your dog has been determined to have IBS, follow the medications that your veterinarian prescribes. It is also just as important to follow the diet program that has been provided. Specific food products can cause your dog's IBS symptoms to flare up.
Try to avoid placing stressors on your dog. Create an environment in your home that minimizes the amount of stress that your dog has to endure from day-in to day-out.
The more comfortable your dog is, the more effective his/her immune system will work. This will allow the dog's body to heal more quickly, given a proper treatment plan is being worked on at the same time. Always be more attentive to a dog with IBS, a cared for dog IBS, will live more comfortably, allowing for your dog to act more like the past.
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