Canine IBS Treatment From Our Veterinarian in Santa Barbara
Canine IBS is more common than many pet owners realize, but our veterinarian in Santa Barbara offers diagnosis, treatment, and management options for dogs suffering from this condition. If your dog is showing symptoms of gastrointestinal distress or if you're seeking a second opinion on another veterinarian's diagnosis, our team at La Concepcion Animal Hospital is here to help.
Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Dogs
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects dogs in similar ways that it affects humans. Specifically, IBS refers to a condition where the bowels become inflamed, usually as a result of food having a difficult time passing smoothly through the digestive system itself. While each dog's symptoms can vary, some of the most common symptoms reported by pet owners include:
- occasional or frequent diarrhea
- abdominal bloating
- nausea and vomiting
- passing small amounts of feces
The specific causes of IBS in dogs can vary greatly, though dietary intolerances are often to blame. If your pet is showing any signs of IBS, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with our animal hospital at your earliest convenience.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options From Our Vet Surgeon
Our vet surgeon offers a wide range of gastroenterology services in our office, including diagnostics and treatment for IBS in dogs. Specifically, we have a number of diagnostic tools at our disposal that we can use to evaluate your pet and determine whether or not IBS is an accurate diagnosis. One of the resources we may use as part of our diagnosis is the endoscope, which is used to examine the inside of your pet's body, including the intestines, stomach, and esophagus. The great thing about this tool is that it can be used without the need for an incision, and it can even come in handy in certain surgical procedures, such as polypectomies.
In addition to endoscopy services, we may also recommend an ultrasound to take a non-invasive look at your pet's digestive system. This may help us to spot inflammation of the digestive system without the need for a more invasive procedure like and endoscopy. We can also perform laboratory testing (such as blood and fecal testing) when needed, in addition to radiographs (X-rays) for pets suffering from digestive distress.
Once we have performed all necessary diagnostics, we can make treatment recommendation if your dog has IBS. One of the treatments we often recommend (especially for dogs with dietary intolerances) is that of switching to a special diet. Taking steps to minimize stress in your dog's life can also reduce his or her chances of flare-ups and symptoms.
Request a Consultation With Our Santa Barbara Veterinarian
If you suspect that your dog has IBS or if you're looking for a second opinion from a Santa Barbara veterinarian you can trust, La Concepcion Animal Hospital is here to help. Give us a call today at (805) 685-4513 to set up an appointment and take advantage of our new client special!