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.
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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.
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.
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