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Not Just A Pooping Disease: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs

According to the Mayo Clinic : IBD involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. IBD primarily includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. IBD can be painful and debilitating, and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications. These diseases have been known primarily as "pooping diseases" because many patients frequent the bathroom as a result of the cramping and abdominal pain caused by IBD. However, there are many aspects of the disease that are far worse than spending time in the bathroom. Here are 10 things you didn't know about IBD: IBD patients often take many medications with powerful side effects.

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Treatment: This is an illness for which the realistic goal is control, not cure. Hypoallergenic diets bring about partial or complete resolution of symptoms in some dogs. The Purina h/a and d/d veterinary diets may be useful, as well as Hills z/d and z/d Ultra, and Royal Canin IVD. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial overgrowth and giardiasis. Immunosuppressant drugs such as azathioprine (Imuran) and/or prednisone are used if other treatments are not successful. Eosinophilic Enterocolitis This is a relatively uncommon form of inflammatory bowel disease in dogs. On biopsy, eosinophils may be found in the stomach, small intestine, or colon, and the eosinophil count in the blood may be elevated. Some cases are thought to be associated with food allergy or the tissue migration of roundworms and hookworms . Treatment: High-dose corticosteroids are used to treat this disease.

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