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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

It is unknown generally as to what causes IBS, but infections causing irritation to the mucous membranes throughout the digestive tract are one of the main reasons. Your dog may suffer nausea or an upset stomach, resulting in a loss of appetite. With the help of your veterinarian, the first step is to determine the cause of the problem and then providing the right solution to correct the condition.

Irritable bowel syndrome is described as a persistent upset within your dog’s stomach or intestines causing unpleasant symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating and many others.

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Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in Dogs

The most common symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea, but as these symptoms are seen with many other diseases or disorders, you will need your veterinarian’s help to find out what is ailing your pet. 

  • IBS can affect any breed or sex of the animal, so your dog is not immune
  • Your dog may look depressed and not have much energy 
  • If your dog shows a continuing disinterest in food, then there is is a problem 
  • Your dog may have chronic diarrhea, or may strain at times to pass stool 
  • In severe cases of IBS, blood may show in the feces
  • If your dog does eat, he may gulp down the food only to vomit it back up; if this happens continually then your dog needs help
  • Dehydration


  • There can be many types of factors which can trigger the condition
  • Usually associated with inflammation affecting digestion, and described by the symptoms and causes of why it is happening
  • Often environment and diet are the causative effects that trigger this condition, but it may also be an allergen towards a food product that may affect your dog

Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in Dogs

Inflammation of the lining of the intestine wall is the overall factor for this condition. But important to note is that it can be aggravated and worsened by the following factors. 

  • Bacterial infections 
  • Tumor growth within the intestines 
  • Obstructions within the gut 
  • Environmental causes such as chemicals consumed (young dogs will eat anything) 
  • Diet plays a large part in aggravating the condition
  • Some foods that are good for human consumption are not good for your dog, even though they may beg you to share 
  • Allergy to some foods which has built up over time, and now due to constant exposure of a product,  is having effect on the stomach and intestines of your dog
  • Too much food can cause irritations within the digestive system or irritate an existing sensitivity
  • Too many antibiotics can affect the balance in your dog’s system and trigger IBS 

Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in Dogs

Your dog will need to visit the veterinarian to enable your dog’s clinical caregiver to determine that they are suffering from IBS and not another disease or condition such as worms or infections. Even though tests may confirm IBS the tests cannot reveal what the cause was. Advanced tests, such as radiography, biopsy and endoscopy, may be needed in most cases. 

Your veterinarian will need you to supply a history of your dog’s bowel movements for information such as how often does your dog defecate, and what your dog’s stools are like. If you can take a sample along for analysing it would help. He will also want a record of your dog’s eating habits. He will want to know the foods your dog eats, and how often.  Other areas that your veterinarian will look for are any changes to your pet’s diet, or new product that you are feeding him and special new treats that have been introduced.

Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in Dogs

There are drugs that can help. Your veterinarian may prescribe antispasmodic medications to assist with calming the stomach and intestines, or anti diarrhea drugs to help bind the stool. Medications are available that will help reduce the gastrointestinal gas and relieve bloating, which will be a comfort for your dog. You may need to change what your dog eats. No more table scraps, as human food is too rich for most dogs. No sweets or biscuits (unless they are dog biscuits). Also check the labels for what is in your dog’s food as some added food colourings or added artificial flavors may cause inflammation in the gut. 

Homeopathic treatments may help. Check the market for products that soothe the inflammation or normalise bowel movements. Stress may be a factor or can be an additional irritant, so try to keep your dog’s environment calm and safe to reduce anxiety. Keeping a record of the things your dog eats and how he responds afterwards is time consuming but is worth it to see if there are any trends developing that will help you to eliminate foods that cause a reaction. This condition can take a while to heal completely, and you will need patience to stick to a healthy diet for your pet.

Recovery of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in Dogs

Home treatment entails giving all medications to your dog that the veterinary caregiver prescribes. These medicines are necessary to calm the inflammation in the gut and to stop the diarrhea so that your dog will feel better and start to heal. Your dog may have been prescribed a bland healthy diet and it is advisable to heed to this for the time stated. 

Otherwise known as elimination diets, the veterinary team will reduce your dog’s diet to two or three basic things such as one meat item and perhaps potato. Keeping to a basic diet as directed help your dog’s system to recover, and then you can slowly introduce other foods one at a time and observe over a couple of days to see if your dog reacts to the reintroduction. If your pet is  outside or at the beach, make sure he doesn’t eat anything he shouldn’t. Some dogs are notorious for eating anything, so watch your companion carefully.

Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh clean water for drinking at all times. When you are out and about, take a small plastic container and a bottle of water with you. If you have a puppy, make sure the things he chews on are good for him and don’t break off and get swallowed. With IBS it takes time and careful monitoring of your dog’s diet to enable healing.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Doberman Pinscher
Eight Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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Hello - We have concluded through process of elimination that our 8 year old Doberman has IBS. He has regular bouts of diarrhea that last a day or two and occur every few weeks (typically he gets a spell every 3 weeks or so). We ruled out worms/parasites via fecal samples and we did several diet changes (attempted Science Diet and another limited ingredient food, but I forget the name). Are there medication treatment options that would help with the diarrhea?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally in these cases dietary management is key, it is important to find the diet most tolerated by Axel which may need to be changed if it is no longer effective; the diarrhoea is the most difficult to control since there are various factors which cause diarrhoea in these cases and there isn’t a one stop treatment to firm up the stool. You need to work with your Veterinarian to find the right balance with diet and any medication to get the best result possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used


My Lab has a bad upset tummy sometimes with blood. No human food given and the dog has not eaten anything he shouldn't. He seems fine in himself. He is currently on a bland diet. He normally is fed on Lily's Kitchen dry food.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for an upset stomach leading to the presence of blood in the faeces which may include infections, parasites, foreign objects, poisoning, tumours, food intolerance among other conditions; you should ensure that Baxter is up to date on worming medicine and vaccines. Try with the bland diet for a week to see how you go, but if there is no improvement or it gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms


Medication Used

Metronidazole, mirtazipane, pepcid
Metronidazole, mirtazipan, pepcid

Hi! I wonder if my dog has IBD or IBS, or maybe something else. I Rescue him 2 months ago. He was extremely skinny
He is still,.
His tummy seems to bother him. HI dont know what to do. He is anemic, has high WBC and High Platelets. He seems to be depressed too. I have two blood works and a x-Ray done for him. Let me know if you need them. He vomits one a day, he wants to eat grass, he sometimes is restless mostly at night. Help! I will so appreciate!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We are not a website for referrals, but give general advice to owners about their pets; if you are looking for a second opinion based on blood tests and x-rays then you should contact a telemedicine company like PetRays which have board certified Specialists to review cases and give specialised advice. There are a few possible causes and it seems that your Veterinarian is covering those possible causes with the current treatment plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi Louis's owner, I just rescued a senior Scottish Terrier female a month and a half ago on Easter morning 2018. She is also anemic, and her platelets are high. I've had her to the vet two times, and the fecal test showed no worms or parasites. They gave me Metronidazole and a box of probiotics for her, in case she had an infection in her intestines. She has only thrown up once, but has bloody mucus in her stool a couple times a week. She eats well, and has energy. She was skin and bones when I got her, and she is filling out nicely now. The vet cannot find anything wrong with her.

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Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea, vomit

Medication Used

fortiflora and metronidazole

My dog is a female Pomeranian , she is 8 years old.
She started at the beginning of October with diarrhea and throwing up, went to the vet did an exam and gave her probiotics(Fortiflora) and anti inflammatories(metronidazole), after she got done her meds she was fine for 3-4 days , then started again, this time it was worst she had diarrhea ever 15-30 mins started at 2PM and ended at 530AM. Again went to the vet they did blood work this time and everything was fine, so they gave her more probiotics, anti inflammatory as well as new gastro food as when pressing on her stomach she didn’t feel anything abnormal, was not dehydrated and no temperature. Again she was fine for 3-4 days after the meds then started again this morning, diarrhea and throwing up. She acts the same, she eats, drinks, no temps not dehydrated nothing. I seriously don’t get it. What other test should I ask for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chronic diarrhoea can be difficult to control and treatment may seem unrewarding; the gastrointestinal tract may be irritated by infection, parasites, diet, poisoning, foreign bodies, tumours, stress among other causes. I would look at doing some stool sampling (parasites as well as culture and sensitivity) to look into possible causes of the diarrhoea; an ultrasound may also be useful to look for bowel inflammation and other anomalies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I’m going through the exact same thing with my 15 year old yorkie mix. Metronidazole, prednisone, gabapentin, panacur, none of it has controlled the diarrhea for more than a day or so. Blood work was perfect, X-ray only showed spinal issue, fecal showed no parasites. Vet suspects intestinal cancer or IBD. None of these meds have helped. We changed her to Science Diet ID. No improvemen, but now she has horrid smelling gas. The specialist wants $900 for an ultrasound... I can’t afford that. Not sure where to turn.

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2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Symptoms been going on for 6 months now, had omoprozele short term now tried Zitac but caused biting of paws and loss of fur through itching skin, now going try Zantac .. symptoms consist of slight blood in sick and runny Pooh’s loss of weight.
Is there a cure as he’s only 2 ? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for these symptoms and if you haven’t already visited a Veterinarian you should do. Rigby may have a gastrointestinal infection, parasites, ulcers, colitis, a foreign object, long term poisoning among other internal conditions; if you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since treatment for the different causes is different and the specific underlying cause needs to be determined. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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