Colitis in dogs can be very frustrating for pet owners because it often involves the dog having fecal accidents in the house. Dog colitis specifically refers to an inflammation of the colons. Dr. Sam discusses possible causes and how he goes about working up a dog colitis case. Treatment of dog colitis is also discussed.
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Colitis in Dogs
Dog Colitis is diagnosed when a dog comes in with symptoms of diarrhea that have the following characteristics: accidents in the house, a sense of urgency when about to have a bowel movement, mucous or blood in the diarrhea, and/or straining after having the bowel movement.
Often, the exact cause of the colitis in dogs can be difficult to ascertain. Stress can certainly play a role and when a dog is placed in a stressful situation (new member of the household, going into boarding, other illness, etc), dog colitis can occur. In addition, if a dog has recurrent bouts of dog colitis, a food or preservative sensitivity may be the cause. Often, trying different types of food may be part of the cure. At our hospitals, we may try less rich foods (less fat) and higher fiber diets. Sometimes, we may even have to try preservative-free, hypoallergenic foods. Whipworms, a form of intestinal parasite, can also be the cause of dog colitis. Therefore, a fecal floatation test should be performed when a dog presents with symptoms of dog colitis.
We treat dog colitis by first treating the colitis directly with antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatories, as well as with food rest and then a bland diet for a few days. If an underlying cause can be determined, the cause is treated as well.
- Sam Meisler DVM
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