Quieting an inflammatory response

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: November 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves
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One thing our canine and feline friends can have in common is chronic diarrhea. Causes can differ, but one shared by both pets is inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD.

It’s still unclear what starts the process, but in animals with IBD, their bodies attack their own tissues. IBD usually hits middle-aged dogs or cats the hardest, causing intermittent periods of diarrhea or soft stool, vomiting and weight loss.

If diarrhea is threatening to derail your furry friend, take action. Your veterinarian will probably want to rule out other causes of diarrhea first. Then he or she may recommend diagnostic tests, including an intestinal biopsy and microscopic evaluation of tissue.

Dietary management, anti-inflammatory therapy and even antibiotic treatment can provide solid relief for victims of IBD. Your furry friend will thank you for it.