Chronic Disease Management

IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic disease of the intestinal tract. Occasionally, the stomach may be involved. Most pets with IBD have a history of recurrent or chronic vomiting or diarrhea. During periods of vomiting or diarrhea, your pet may lose weight, but is normal otherwise.

The cause of IBD isn’t clearly understood but the end result is the lining of the intestine is invaded by inflammatory cells. An allergic-type response then occurs within the intestinal tract. This inflammation interferes with the ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

For some dogs and cats, diet plays a role in causing IBD. Bacterial proteins may be involved in other cases. In most instances, an exact underlying cause cannot be identified.