Whether you call it irritable bowel syndrome in dogs, canine IBD, inflammatory bowel disease or intestinal inflammation, the cure is the same and it isn't drugs.
All of these are treated the same holistically.
Understanding where it begins and what aggravates it helps to understand why curing these dog health problems in a more natural way is imperative. Otherwise we just make our dogs sicker in the long run.
So let’s start at the beginning; with the cause of irritable bowel syndrome in dogs and the other closely related ailments. You'll find your first clue in the quotes in the right hand column.
Afterward I'll explain the benefits of herbal medicine as natural remedies for dogs.
Commercial dog foods tend to be
substandard, have inexpensive ingredients followed by over processing,
overcooking and then stored for lengthy periods of time before eaten.
While cheap dog
food is notoriously bad, even high end commercial fare can be toxic. How can that be?
Let's say deboned chicken is the first ingredient. Sounds awesome doesn't it? In fact everything sounds good until you get to those vitamins, minerals and long chemical names that are listed at the bottom.
That long list that you are assuming are vitamins and minerals usually come from a premix which is purchased by the dog food manufacturer. Nearly all premixes are manufactured in China or India where costs and standards are very low and use synthetic vitamins.
You have no way of knowing because the source does not have to be listed. And synthetic vitamins cannot be used by the body. Instead they are seen as a toxin and the body tries to get rid of it day after day while it builds up in the organs.
In the meantime, well
meaning owners and veterinarians vaccinate for too many
diseases and too often. Vaccines, especially combos are detrimental to dog health. Please read more about vaccines at Dog Vaccinations. There are several pages in that category to catch you up to date.
Not only do they compromise the immune system, many are grown in a base of beef protein. This creates an allergy to beef which is then magnified by commercial dog food ingredients.
What Does this Have to Do With Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Dogs?
The intestines try to get rid of the toxins through inflammation and diarrhea. Without a diet change it worsens as with every additional vaccination. Next comes bloody diarrhea and our dog’s gut is so raw they are ripe for infection.
Now our poor baby is really in a pickle. Traditional vets prescribe prednisone to reduce the swelling of canine inflammatory bowel disease. And let’s not forget the antibiotics to cure or prevent infection.
The side effects of antibiotics and prednisone make our dogs even worse off, further affecting digestion, the immune system and organs such as the liver and kidneys.
As soon as he or she is taken off these dog meds, the problem comes right back. Why? Because the underlying reason has not been addressed!
Maybe it’s time to cut the crap - I know it's a bad attempt at humor but it's true, plus it’s my website. It's time to HEAL our dogs.
Prednisone is not a cure for irritable bowel syndrome in dogs. As a corticosteroid it reduces intestinal inflammation. That's nice but the problem remains while adverse side effects further ruin what's left of your dog's health.
One of them is Pancreatitis. Why stop the swelling of the intestines only to risk inflammation of the pancreas? This just doesn't make sense.
For more on side effects, visit my page called Prednisone for Dogs.
Important note: If your dog is on Prednisone do NOT quit cold turkey. This drug MUST be tapered off slowly or it can kill your dog. There are herbal anti inflammatories which work quite well, without the side effects. (This is one of those things that you would have to contact me about.)
Simply put, whether it’s irritable bowel syndrome in dogs or IBD, the body needs a break! After all, if you scratched an itch until it was raw, would you cure it by continuing to scratch it? Heck no, you would leave it alone while applying something to soothe it so it will heal itself!
The digestive system has what is called a gastrocolic reflex. This empties the colon each time the stomach fills.
you wonder how long to fast your food loving canine? Wondering how
you can continue to look into those big brown eyes at dinnertime and
just say no? The minimum is 12 hours. Twenty four to 48 hours is better unless your dog is obviously underweight.
It goes without saying that plenty of fresh clean water is a must during the fast. And for heaven sakes, NO chlorinated water! See Water for Dogs if you need ideas for filtering etc.
You may also make homemade broth (see Fasting for Health) for the fasting period but absolutely no solid food.
Raw meat is much easier on a dog’s digestive system and more nutritious to boot. If feeding raw makes you really uncomfortable or you just can’t do it for some reason, get a super high quality dog food without that long list of chemical additives.
Dry dog food is hard on the system so if you go this route soak it in water before serving.
Now that we have removed the irritants, it's time to heal naturally and without side effects.
First we choose a natural antibiotic; a natural anti inflammatory; add enzymes to help the body break down the food; probiotics to reseed the intestinal tract with helpful bacteria and repair damaged intestinal lining. Doesn't this make more sense?
It won't happen overnight but it WILL happen. Now here are the best choices for healing:
These are all Natures Sunshine Products. Please read Why NSP so you understand why I recommend this stuff.
The body produces new cells constantly. By using these natural remedies for dogs, the body will grow new healthy cells to replace the bad ones and with some patience, you will have a healthy dog.
If you are serious about curing your canine, please contact me. I can explain dosages, help you along the path, and support you through the process of irritable bowel syndrome in dogs.
Oh, and here's a picture of Olive. I fell in love with this dog. It doesn't matter that I didn't meet her in person. I heard so much about her through her owner I felt I knew her.
In a relentless pursuit to find a cure, Olive's owner contacted me and Sandra King of Dog Nutrition Naturally.
Please read how Sandra explains Natural Dog Health and the process of curing naturally. It's so well done, I couldn't say it any better.
Together, we went through the process. Violet was a rescue from a puppy mill and now she is doing great! Talk about happy endings!
I wish that for you as well.