Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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What are the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in dogs?

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It’s not unusual for dogs to have occasional bouts of constipation or diarrhea that get better on their own. But if your dog has ongoing episodes, or if you see blood or mucous in your pet’s stool, consult a veterinarian. Michael Lieb, a Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, says your pet might be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Lieb states, “it can be quite serious, sometimes requiring hospitalization and fluid therapy.”

Stress and bad eating habits are often associated with this syndrome, but not exclusively. Your veterinarian will run a series of tests to determine exactly what’s wrong and come up with a treatment solution.

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– Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM

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