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The Difference Between IBS and IBD

by | Jan 27, 2020

When your pet suffers from nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, it can be upsetting for them and for you. An occasional episode often resolves itself. However, if the  problem becomes a regular occurrence, a trip to the vet is in order. The culprit may be Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Although some of the symptoms are similar, pets with IBD may experience weight loss, an urge to move their bowels more frequently and with difficulty producing stool, ulcers, bleeding and anemia.

What Causes IBS?

IBS can be triggered by food allergies or intolerances, stress and anxiety, low fiber diets, antibiotic use, imbalance of bacteria in the gut and parasites.

Diagnosing IBS

If your pet has been showing symptoms of IBS (i.e., vomiting, diarrhea or constipation), keeping a journal of when the symptoms appear and if they occur after a specific incident (like fireworks, a thunderstorm, the arrival of a new family member, a drive in the car, etc.), can help your vet pinpoint the cause and effect. Keeping a food diary tracking the type of food or treat, when served, and how soon symptoms appeared can also be very useful for your veterinarian. Blood work and a fecal test to rule out internal parasites should also be conducted.

Treatment Options

Once diagnosed, your vet may recommend dietary and lifestyle changes and/or prescribe antispasmodic or even anti-anxiety drugs. Holistic and integrative veterinarians often offer guidance in providing a whole food diet, specific supplements, including digestive enzymes and probiotics, and specific herbs and remedies that address stress and anxiety.

What Causes IBD?

IBD is a general term for a group of disorders causing inflammation in the intestines, including colitis (located in the large intestine) and Crohn’s Disease (can occur anywhere in the digestive tract). For many years, IBD was considered an autoimmune disease. The medical community has changed its stance. They now believe it is a result of the immune system attacking a harmless virus, bacteria, or food in the gut, causing inflammation that leads to bowel injury.  Diet  or infection can also be contributing factors. The one common denominator is the presence of inflammation.

Diagnosing

If IBD is suspected, your vet will recommend a biopsy to confirm the presence of inflammatory cells.

Treatment Options

Treatment will depend on the type of cells found and often includes antibiotics, steroids, probiotics and more. A change in diet is often advised, as well. There is no cure for IBD, but it can be managed.

A New Approach to Gut Health – Addressing the Gut Microbiome

Gut microbiome is a complex, uniquely individual, ever evolving environment made from trillions of microbes. The microbes are necessary for digestion and greatly effect overall health and the  immune system. An imbalance can be the source of digestive problems.

Two innovative companies – AnimalBiome and NomNomNow – provide a test that offers insight into the overall health of the gut. Simply order a kit, collect a fecal sample, follow directions and send the sample back to the chosen company.

Nomnomnow offers an individualized breakdown of the microbes and makes suggestions based on the results. The test reveals if the gut is healthy or not and what steps should be taken to balance the microbes.

AnimalBiome goes a step further. They offer a first of its kind fecal microbiota transplant capsules that, according to the company’s website, help supplement and restore your pet’s microbiome while relieving troublesome symptoms. Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) Capsules provide viable microorganisms to your pet orally. The capsules are enteric-coated to allow delay of dissolution until the capsule has reached the intestines. Multiple doses of the capsules repeatedly introduce beneficial organisms to increase the success of “seeding” your pet’s microbiome to a balanced and healthy state. Positive results are often seen within a few weeks.

To learn more, visit AnimalBiome Microbiome Test and Supplement Products.

We all want our dog or cat to be healthy. When an issue such as IBS or IBD arise, being empowered with information on how to recognize the symptoms and ways to manage the effects can go a long way in ensuring a happy, comfortable life.

The Difference Between IBS and IBD

by | Jan 27, 2020

When your pet suffers from nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, it can be upsetting for them and for you. An occasional episode often resolves itself. However, if the  problem becomes a regular occurrence, a trip to the vet is in order. The culprit may be Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Although some of the symptoms are similar, pets with IBD may experience weight loss, an urge to move their bowels more frequently and with difficulty producing stool, ulcers, bleeding and anemia.

What Causes IBS?

IBS can be triggered by food allergies or intolerances, stress and anxiety, low fiber diets, antibiotic use, imbalance of bacteria in the gut and parasites.

Diagnosing IBS

If your pet has been showing symptoms of IBS (i.e., vomiting, diarrhea or constipation), keeping a journal of when the symptoms appear and if they occur after a specific incident (like fireworks, a thunderstorm, the arrival of a new family member, a drive in the car, etc.), can help your vet pinpoint the cause and effect. Keeping a food diary tracking the type of food or treat, when served, and how soon symptoms appeared can also be very useful for your veterinarian. Blood work and a fecal test to rule out internal parasites should also be conducted.

Treatment Options

Once diagnosed, your vet may recommend dietary and lifestyle changes and/or prescribe antispasmodic or even anti-anxiety drugs. Holistic and integrative veterinarians often offer guidance in providing a whole food diet, specific supplements, including digestive enzymes and probiotics, and specific herbs and remedies that address stress and anxiety.

What Causes IBD?

IBD is a general term for a group of disorders causing inflammation in the intestines, including colitis (located in the large intestine) and Crohn’s Disease (can occur anywhere in the digestive tract). For many years, IBD was considered an autoimmune disease. The medical community has changed its stance. They now believe it is a result of the immune system attacking a harmless virus, bacteria, or food in the gut, causing inflammation that leads to bowel injury.  Diet  or infection can also be contributing factors. The one common denominator is the presence of inflammation.

Diagnosing

If IBD is suspected, your vet will recommend a biopsy to confirm the presence of inflammatory cells.

Treatment Options

Treatment will depend on the type of cells found and often includes antibiotics, steroids, probiotics and more. A change in diet is often advised, as well. There is no cure for IBD, but it can be managed.

A New Approach to Gut Health – Addressing the Gut Microbiome

Gut microbiome is a complex, uniquely individual, ever evolving environment made from trillions of microbes. The microbes are necessary for digestion and greatly effect overall health and the  immune system. An imbalance can be the source of digestive problems.

Two innovative companies – AnimalBiome and NomNomNow – provide a test that offers insight into the overall health of the gut. Simply order a kit, collect a fecal sample, follow directions and send the sample back to the chosen company.

Nomnomnow offers an individualized breakdown of the microbes and makes suggestions based on the results. The test reveals if the gut is healthy or not and what steps should be taken to balance the microbes.

AnimalBiome goes a step further. They offer a first of its kind fecal microbiota transplant capsules that, according to the company’s website, help supplement and restore your pet’s microbiome while relieving troublesome symptoms. Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) Capsules provide viable microorganisms to your pet orally. The capsules are enteric-coated to allow delay of dissolution until the capsule has reached the intestines. Multiple doses of the capsules repeatedly introduce beneficial organisms to increase the success of “seeding” your pet’s microbiome to a balanced and healthy state. Positive results are often seen within a few weeks.

To learn more, visit AnimalBiome Microbiome Test and Supplement Products.

We all want our dog or cat to be healthy. When an issue such as IBS or IBD arise, being empowered with information on how to recognize the symptoms and ways to manage the effects can go a long way in ensuring a happy, comfortable life.

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