Colitis in Dogs: Know It All for your Pekingese

 


Colitis in dogs is the one responsible for about 50% cases of chronic diarrhea. Colitis is simply the inflammation of the colon. Signs of colitis would include prolong squatting and straining, flatulence, painful passing of stool and passing small stools that has mucus and blood. The said signs are often mistaken as constipation.

The common culprit on why colitis occurs would be the infestation of whipworms. Another usual cause is the inflammatory bowel disorder. The treatment is then directed towards the underlying culprit of the disease. If it is an inflammatory bowel disease, then the vet would advise you to give your pet a high-fiber diet while bacterial causes would respond well to antibiotics.

Always bear in mind that fiber is essential to your pet’s daily intake. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that can’t be digested by the enzymes. There are 2 varieties: water soluble and non-water soluble. Non-water solube fibers give bulk to the diet thus helping the water and food to move through the digestive tract properly. It is already established that fiber-rich diets are used in order to manage constipation in pets since fiber increases the water retention in the intestines thus softening the stool. Also, the increase in bulk would heighten the propulsive movements of the intestine, aiding in the alleviating constipation.

Colitis in Dogs: Know It All for your Pekingese

Colitis in Dogs

Common Causes of Colitis

  • Parasites. Hookworms, giardia and whipworms are internal parasites which can irritate as well as inflame the intestine. See to it that your pet is treated and tested for parasites.
  • Foreign Bodies or Dietary Indiscretion. Dogs that eat a lot of grass can develop acute colitis due to the massive indigestible fiber present in the stems and stalks.
  • Bacteria. Campylobacter and Salmonella are common bacteria that causes colitis.
  • IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). This is a condition where your dog’s own body cells invade and inflame the intestinal wall. The physiology of this disease still remains unknown, however food allergens may contribute here. Be sure that you are giving your pet a hypoallergenic diet. If your pet happens to be obese, then try giving him something healthy and help him lose weight too.
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This disease is often stress related although it can have neurological origin too. Be sure your pet gets ample exercise and provide a supportive and safe environment for him.
  • Antibiotics. A temporary occurrence of colitis may result after a course of antibiotics since the good bacteria will also die when the drug was given. Yogurt and probiotic drinks may help restore the flora and aid in resolving this kind of colitis.
  • Rat Poisoning. There are some poison that causes bloody diarrhea. If you think your pet has accidentally ingested one, then call your vet and poison control hotline immediately. Induce vomiting and give him activated charcoal right away.

Colitis in dogs is not unusual and you must be vigilant in detecting it. If your think your pet is having a digestive upset, do not give him food for the next 24 hours, just water and monitor him. There are also anti-diarrheals available over the counter, just ask your vet which one to get. 

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