Colitis – IBS – IBD
Inflammation of the large bowel (colitis, irritable bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome) is a common condition affecting dogs. It causes a varying degree of pain and distress but it is a chronic and troublesome problem, even in mild cases. It is of immune origin.
Affected dogs have recurrent diarrhoea with tenesmus (straining|), blood or mucus, in varying amounts.
In all cases where there is immune involvement, anything that impinges upon the immune system is potentially capable of acting as an aetiological agent, including vaccination.
Many cases are seen each year, at the AVMC and it is rare that the unpleasant signs and symptoms have persisted for long after treatment. The problem is not brought under control in every case, at the first prescription and not every case resolves but we do not make pessimistic noises when confronted with such dogs, despite the hitherto very chronic nature of the disease in some patients. While no promises of success can ever be offered in medicine, this condition is generally not among those that we most fear.
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