IBS in dogs, or irritable bowel syndrome to give it it's full name, is a fairly common condition in dogs. IBS relates to a group of gastro-intestinal disorders that causes irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and can occur in the large intestine, the small intestine, or the stomach.
This results in a number of digestive upsets including abdominal pain, constipation, chronic diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, bloating, and flatulence. In some cases, dogs begin to suffer a loss of appetite and weight-loss can result.
The cause of IBS in dogs is not fully understood. Nevertheless, there do seem to be some contributing factors which seem to aggravate the condition.
These include poor diets, stress, allergies, and continual use of antibiotics, as well as viral and bacterial infections, and parasites. If your dog exhibits signs of IBS, then a visit to the vet is necessary. While IBS in dogs is rarely life threatening, it is crucial to eliminate other serious conditions and to help deal with your dog's unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms.
A lot more dog owners are turning to natural remedies instead of the harsh pharmaceutical drugs so often prescribed for our dogs. There are a number of natural ingredients that can help soothe the pain and discomfort of IBS in dogs, without the risk of worrying side effects.
One such natural ingredient is Licorice which has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and is an effective tonic for the entire digestive system. Marshmallow is another well known help that can be most effective in the treatment of IBS in dogs as it helps to soothe painful and inflamed mucous membranes of the digestive tract.
Lastly, Slippery elm is an excellent overall digestive herb which has a long history of use in the treatment of digestive disorders, including IBS in dogs. Rich in trace minerals, manganese, iodine, protein and soothing mucilage, Slippery elm helps to reduce the symptoms of IBS, while soothing and strengthening all mucous membranes.