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Colitis In Dogs

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Did you know that nearly half of all chronic diarrhea cases in dogs are actually caused by colitis? Colitis is an inflammation of a dog’s colon. Learn more about this disorder below from a Santo vet.

Causes

Colitis is usually caused by an inflammatory bowel issue. Parasitic worm infestations are another leading cause—whipworms, hookworms, and roundworms commonly infect dogs and can lead to colitis. In more rare instances, fungal infections and a particular type of algae can lead to the disorder as well. Your veterinarian will be able to identify the cause of your dog’s health problem and direct treatment accordingly.

Symptoms

Diarrhea is the most obvious sign of colitis, especially when it becomes chronic. Many dogs strain when trying to go to the bathroom, staying in one place and not being able to go. Blood in the stool and excessive flatulence are other common symptoms.
It’s important to let your veterinarian know as soon as you witness these symptoms. One of the main problems with colitis is that it can easily be mistaken for something else, like common diarrhea, constipation, or irritable bowel syndrome. Your veterinarian will need to examine your dog to confirm a diagnosis of colitis. After that, treatment can begin to get your dog back to normal as soon as possible.

Treatment

A colon biopsy or colonoscopy may be needed to reach a diagnosis of colitis, and fecal samples are also commonly used. Your vet will probably prescribe antibiotics to treat the inflammation, and other treatments may be necessary to treat the underlying cause of the disorder. Many times, a dietary change will be necessary. A high-fiber diet is often prescribed in order to help your dog’s digestive system return to normal and speed your dog’s recovery. If treated quickly and properly, the prognosis for colitis in dogs is often quite good.
Keep your Santo veterinarian’s number on hand to call if you witness any symptoms of colitis in your dog, and ask about more great ways to keep your dog’s digestive health in tip-top shape.

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