Colitis in dogs is going to be accompanied by one thing every dog owner hates. A whining, complaining dog. Your dog is going to be miserable and is sure to let you know. Colitis is a swollen or inflamed large intestine.
Colitis can be called by several other names including, Spastic Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or Acute Colitis. Your dog could be facing either extreme with their bowel movements. You may have a dog who is whining in discomfort due to constipation and nothing wanting to move out of their body. The next dog will have no control, and be in the midst of major problems with diarrhea. With continued problems, your dog will likely start losing weight.
Just like in humans who develop colitis, stress can be a major contributing factor. If your dog has been in stressful situations like being left in a kennel while you were away, problems with other pets, or even angry owners, they can develop colitis as a reaction. If you know stress is playing a role in their colitis, it is helpful to eliminate as much of the stress as possible. Yes, that can mean lowering your voice and being a little more tolerant of your pet for a while.
Colitis rarely develops into any life-threatening conditions, but needs to be treated by your veterinarian. They can recommend medications to help bring a stop to colitis in dogs, and get their bowel movements back on a regular schedule. The sooner you seek treatment, the quicker you have a normal acting dog.
In many dogs issues with colitis can be traced back to changes in their diet. If you noticed the condition starting after switching to a new dog food, you may want to consider switching back or trying another variety which is formulated to be gentle on a dog’s digestive system. Some of the gentle formulas cost slightly more but are well worth the extra. Would you rather pay a couple extra dollars, or continue to hear whining, and have more messes to clean up?
Changing foods may not give you instant results. Even a gentle blend of dog food may create issues for a short period of time as your dog’s digestive system adjusts to new flavors and ingredients. For this reason, you may still want to consult your vet and make sure you are on the right track. The faster you get things under control, the sooner everyone in the family will be enjoying your dog, instead of cursing the next mess.
Colitis in dogs is going to create a miserable dog who lacks in energy. Think about how you feel when you are battling severe constipation or diarrhea. You want something to help, and you want it now. Do your dog a favor and get them treatment quickly, too. The treatment is usually very inexpensive and will give you back what you really want, a normal, happy, playful pet.