Treatiment for Dogs With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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If you’re looking for ways on how to treat dogs with irritable bowel syndrome, I’ll share some of the most important things that you can do to get the dog on the road to a healthy digestive system.
Form for dogs with IBS

Although in the story below I used a different route to restore Boo’s stool issues, this natural supplement for the digestive tract is another excellent product that also works VERY WELL for firming up your dog’s stool. Works excellent with a grain free diet including The Honest Kitchen’s line of Grain Free Dog Foods.

Constant soft, mushy or runny stools with alternating bouts of constipation are classic signs that something isn’t right. Don’t ever let this go and simply ignore it.

This is one way the body tells us (whether it’s our pet’s body or our own body) that it’s in trouble. Especially when it’s continuous or reoccurring.

Boo Bear’s Continuous Stool Problems

Every day after I walk my own two dogs, we stop at the neighbors and pick up Boo Bear and bring her home with us. This way she’s not alone all day by herself.

It’s very hard for someone like me to ignore issues that other dog owners might not consider critical. Every day I witnessed Boo moving her bowels in my yard and leave a mess of soft, runny stool with no formation at all. I realize that IBS in dogs and it’s symptoms are a nasty topic, but the details must be mentioned so that you fully understand just how important it is.

I approached my neighbor and explained about dogs irritable bowel syndrome and that Boo had many of the classic symptoms. Since Boo was recently at the veterinarian and they were unable to find anything, I felt confident that with a few diet changes, we could get her digestive issues regulated.

One of my own dogs had IBS for many years and I recognized the symptoms right away. We talked about the dog food and treats that she was feeding her. At this point, she had switched Boo from “Purina” to “Blue” because she was having problems before this.

I told her that I felt that it wasn’t working and that I would gladly help her to get Boo Bear on track. She had just purchased the bag of “Blue” dog food, so I suggested adding a probiotic as well as digestive enzymes daily to see if it would help at all.

Her stool had formation, but the consistency was still not as it should be. This told me one thing, it’s definitely her diet. After about 2 more weeks, Boo’s stool became like water. It had absolutely no consistency at all. I once again approached my neighbor and advised her that it’s critical that she get Boo’s diet in order and the only way to do this is to change her diet completely. This includes all snacks and treats.

For dogs like this, I always recommend a grain free dog food including more quality meat protein. I HIGHLY recommend adding both good bacteria and Enzymes daily. Often times dog owners will discontinue both of these products and the problem quickly reoccurs.

The Power of Food – Boo’s Progress

We placed Boo on G.L Artisan which is a freeze-dried grain free dog food formula that’s very close to home made. However, the difference is that all you do is add WARM ADD WATER! I also wanted to provide Boo with more quality meat protein, so we included Wellness Ninety Five Percent canned meat and continued the probiotics. I advised her to add two heaping tablespoons of kidney beans (drained) for fiber.

dogs with irritable bowel or inflammatory bowel

In just one day, Boo’s stool had completely changed from soup to a hard consistency and it has remained that way. Keep in mind that it’s typically recommended that you switch dog food’s slowly to adjust the dog to the new food. However, since Boo’s stool was already a mess, it didn’t matter.

She is now receiving what her body needs to maintain a healthy digestive system and it shows not only in her stool everyday, but in her personality. She is frisky, playful and more energetic than I’ve seen her in a long time. She couldn’t be happier.

This is the power of food; don’t underestimate it. Go Boo!


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  1. Scott Finnell says

    My dog has anxiety and nervousness which causes her to have periods of either loose stools or just a runny mess of poo. I tried using enzymes, but she wouldn’t eat the food. I am afraid to try Pepto Bismol. I am curious if I add rice or kidney beans to her food (She eats Pedigree dry food and when I give her wet food it gets really bad) if she will do better. I can’t afford expensive dog food, so I would like to know what I can add to her food to make her better. I already use metamucil, but it doesn’t work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. She saw the vet, and doesn’t have any parasites. He suggested the fancy food they sell, but it is very expensive. She does fairly well on just Pedigree dog food, but I know it is her nerves. I give her a small amount of milk at bedtime, but as far as lactose intolerance goes, she had the diarrhea problem when I rescued her, and before I started giving her some bedtime milk. Thanks.

    • admin says

      Since you feel so strongly that the problem is her nerves, then that might be a good starting point for her although I’m positive that nutritional deficiencies are playing a large role.

      If you can swing $36 to invest in a thundershirt for her, I HIGHLY recommend it. You can read alot about it on my blog along with testimonials from others. It’s not just for thunder; it helps dogs with many different fear and anxiety disorders (walking on certain flooring, door bells, etc.)

      Regarding her food, I’m absolutely certain that Pedigree is the root of many of her problems. Nutritional deficiencies cause many symptoms in dogs including uncertainty and fear which can often be helped with the correct diet. You can try giving her kidney beans but I doubt that kidney beans alone will work as long as you continue to feed a food with little nutritional value. I work with people with this same issue almost on a daily basis.

      There are certain things that your dog needs and you can’t fix her symptoms if you don’t fix the underlying problem. Regarding giving her milk at bed time – many dogs can’t tolerate milk and whether or not the milk is contributing to the problem, it’s not helping with the soft stool issue. You mentioned that you are giving Metamucil. Again, your dog is missing some very core nutritional elements of her diet, so metamucil isn’t going to do it for her.

      Don’t be afraid to give Pepto Bismol for an occasional upset stomach or bout of diarrhea. It’s safe for dogs and works well, but you have to give the right dosage. In your dog’s case, I have a feeling that you would be using it quite a bit just to manage her soft stool symptoms which is NOT RECOMMENDED.

      If you get to the point that you can afford a better food and you’re disgusted that nothing is working and you want to get her stool issues under control once and for all, then I’ll be more than happy to assist you. However, you have to be willing to purchase a better food as well as a few other products in order to finally get her IBS under control. You don’t have to start out buying the most expensive food, but you do have to buy a food that is going to give her what she needs.

      What’s happening is that you are going through the motions of feeding her and she’s eating, but she’s getting nothing from the food she’s eating and you will continue to struggle with the problem, until you’re truly ready and able to fix it.

      Janie :o

  2. Scott Finnell says

    Thanks for the response and information. She is not phobic of thunder at all. She doesn’t even wake up when we have a storm, which is everyday where I live in N.E. Florida. She has separation anxiety which is under control with medication. She gets loose stools when she sees us get upset or angry, but even when nothing is going on. I don’t cry around her, because it makes her worse.

    I have read that it isn’t the thunder that is upsetting them, but the electrical charge from the electricity in the air during a storm that builds up in their fur that upsets them, so that is where the jacket comes into play I guess. It must keep their hair from becoming electrically charged. Some dogs go into a bath tub to discharge the electricity on their fur.

    I believe you are correct about her diet, and I believe managing her diet will help her the most.

  3. admin says

    Since cost is a big issue, we are very limited as to how we can proceed. The one thing that I’m certain of is that your dog needs MEAT. Not just any meat, she needs a good source of meat protein.

    While fiber is important for firming her stool, a quality meat protein is actually more important. I’m going to recommend that you include “Natural Balance Meat Rolls” into her daily diet. They are convenient and pretty inexpensive. This is of course to be included with the Pedigree that you’re already feeding. I’m also recommending that you include canned Kidney beans -drained and rinsed for added fiber. Give her a quarter cup along with at least a half cup of the Natural Balance Meat Roll.

    You need to eliminate the milk completely. If you want to give her something like this – give her a tablespoon of cottage cheese. Not more than this. You CAN’Tover do products like this.

    You can purchase sweet potatoes and cook them up and add a little of those for fiber. DO NOT USE CANNED SWEET POTATOES PACKED IN SYRUP – you can however add canned sweet potatoes if they are all natural in the can – meaning the only ingredient is the sweet potatoes – nothing else.

    You can also give her egg which is an excellent source of quality protein. Another item would be to give her sardines packed in WATER. Don’t give this too often – maybe twice a week at the most and only include maybe two at a time.

    Avoid adding any grains such as rice. Get the fiber from other sources as I mentioned above. Use this as a guide for giving her more quality protein, variety and better sources of fiber. Keep the pepto bismol on hand and don’t be afraid to use it if she gets an upset belly. Follow the dosage that I recommended in the link that I sent earlier. If you have the digestive enzymes, it would be great if you could get her to take them. Including them with a host of others foods is a little different than just tossing them in with dry food.

    It’s important to keep her food more on the dry side than wet which you already know. However, this doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy some tasty alternatives, you just have to be a little creative and know stick to what works.

    Try and give her variety, yet stay within her own personal guidelines.
    I hope this helps. It would be very helpful if you would get back to me here and let me know how it goes for your girl.

    Janie :o

    • Scott Finnell says

      I will try your suggestions. They are easy to follow and not too expensive, so thank you, and I will keep you informed.

  4. Glenda Stevens says


    I believe that my dog has IBS as well, he is a boxer and I know that they have sensitive stomachs as well. (I am from Canada, not sure where you hail from). I am trying a dry dog food for sensitive stomach, it is quite expensive (it’s Canine Plus, Wholesome Blend, Sensitive Stomach) but my dog looks for wet food too, I’m not sure that the kinds of food you spoke about is available here, is there anything that you recommend adding to his dry that may get him to eat it but still be good for him? Also I’m not sure where to get the enzymes or probiotic from, what form does it come in?

    Thanking you in advance for any help.


    • admin says

      Hi Glenda:
      I’m sorry to hear about your furry kid. We’ve certainly had our share of IBS issues over the years. One food that I often recommend for IBS is a Canadian food called NOW! It’s made by Petcurean and includes coconut oil making it a good choices for dogs with IBS and Pancreatitis issues.

      The wet food that I always recommend is called WELLNESS NINETY FIVE PERCENT and it 95% meat with 5% fat/water. This is an excellent addition to any food your feeding (dry, freezedried, dehydrated, etc.). I’m not sure where you can get it in Canada, but here’s a link for ebay so you can check it out if you want.

      (12 cans on ebay for $29) plus $4.99 shipping from ebay

      The probiotics and enzyme formula that I typically recommend is made by Animal Essentials and I find it to be very reasonably priced compared to many others and it works well. Both of my dogs are on it. I purchase the probiotic formula from Amazon.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

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  6. Deirdra says

    I have a 16 year old dog with dementia and is blind . She moves her bowels in the house a lot but she steps in it ! She will either go once a day or twice ( once in the morning and once at night). At least once a week she goes 3 times (twice in the morning and once at night ) I’m not sure what is exactly wrong with her but I’m hoping it is nothing to serious .

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Deirdra:

      It sounds like you have your hands full with your old girl now. However, I don’t think that irritable bowel is her problem. At 16, she is most likely losing many of her senses. Does she have cataracts? Is that the reason for her blindness? If so, there’s a great supplement with very good results that may help. There’s also a supplement that will help with her dementia which could be the reason behind her moving her bowels in the house.

      Does she pace at night?


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