Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD in Dogs (cont.)

Which Dogs Are Prone to IBD?

While any dog can have IBD, breeds that seem particularly prone are basenjis, soft-coated wheaten terriers, shar-peis and German shepherds.

How Is IBD Treated?

There is no cure for IBD-it can only be controlled through diet modification and medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Finding the right combination that works for each animal usually involves quite a bit of trial-and-error. It is important to be patient during this process and work closely with your veterinarian so that any necessary modifications in the treatment routine can be made. The good news is that some dogs are eventually able to stop taking medicine every day and might need it only during bad episodes.

When Is It Time to See the Vet?

Please see your veterinarian if your dog has chronic diarrhea or vomiting, or experiences weight loss, loss of appetite or unusual lethargy.

The ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist specializes in the resolution and management of pet behavior problems only. Please do not submit questions about medical problems here. Only licensed veterinarians can diagnose medical conditions. If you think that your pet is sick, injured or experiencing any kind of physical distress, please contact his veterinarian immediately. A delay in seeking proper veterinary care may worsen your pet's condition and put his life at risk.

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