Inflammatory bowel disease in dogs (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe a syndrome where the gut lining becomes thickened and inflamed. When a dog develops IBD, an inflamed gut lining cannot do its job properly of digesting food, which causes the dog to vomit, have diarrhea, lose weight, and either lose appetite or be ravenously hungry.
The precise cause of IBD in dogs is often never uncovered and treatment is a case of controlling the symptoms rather than permanently curing the condition
IBD shares many similar symptoms and is sometimes bunched together with:
(Chronic) Colitis in dogs
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Spastic Bowel Syndrome
Granulomatous or Regional Enteritis in dogs
Different forms of intestinal parasites
All of these can fall under, and be classified as some form of IBD in dogs. They all require separate diagnosis and different type of treatment.
Many dogs with IBD appear outwardly normal but they have regular stomach upsets. The most common symptoms of IBD in dogs are :