Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Dogs

(IBD) Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs

Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Dogs

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Dogs is an immunerelated disorder in which the intestines are chronically or intermittently inflamed. A synonym, with the same abbreviation (IBD), is ‘irritable bowel disease’. Canine patients may experience vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss or a combination of any (or all) of these signs. There is a great deal of individual variation in the severity, duration, response to therapy, and long term effects of having Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Dogs

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs IBD can come in different forms, but the most common is called lymphocyticplasmocytic enteritis (LPE) and is named for the main immune cell types that are found in biopsies of the affected sections of the small intestine. Also very common is a form in which there are mixed inflammatory cells (Craven, et al, 2004). Inflammatory bowel disease  or Colitis In Dogs are cells that typically function to detect and kill viruses, fungi, and even tumor cells. When they are exposed to infectious agents, including bacteria and some complex molecules like foreign proteins and complex carbohydrates, they can transform into antibody producing plasma cells. Inflammatory bowel disease – Colitis In Dogs also interact with other immune and inflammatory cells to create a very active defense system of the body, protecting people, dogs, and other animals against disease.


The major clinical sign in Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs IBD is small bowel diarrhea. (Yes, veterinarians can tell from dog diarrhea if there’s a problem with the small or large intestines.) If it’s the earliest part of the small intestines that’s affected, vomiting may be the most prominent sign and there may be no diarrhea at all. Dogs with LPC will suffer from large bowel diarrhea, developing soft stools which may have blood or mucus in them. Often the signs come and go seemingly randomly. In early stages of IBD, dogs may appear perfectly healthy except for a change in stool consistency and frequency.

As time goes on and if the disease is undiagnosed or left untreated, some dogs may loose weight because of the loss of nutrients in the stool. Eventually, any patient can develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies which manifest as malnutrition. Another long term problem that can occur is lymphangiectasia (the dilation of lymphatic vessels) and associated with giardiasis, food allergy and overgrowth of intestinal bacteria which can eventually result in the development of one or more masses in the affected area.

It is not fully known why some dogs get inflammatory bowel disease and so it is another “idiopathic” condition. Different theories on the cause of this disease have been popular over time, including preexisting problems with blood vessels causing disruption in the intestines, overproduction of mucus, a simply overactive gut, an infectious agent, or a dog with the equivalent of ‘hyperactivity disorder’.

Currently, it is understood that Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs IBD is an immune related disorder.

Puptection Recommendation for Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Dogs

First and foremost, we are recommending a raw diet formulated with Puptection’s all natural dehydrated ingredients.  Highly digestible diets are recommended for dogs with inflammatory bowel disease IBD because nutrients from these diets are more completely absorbed and the amount of diarrhea will be minimized in your dog. Diets that contain a single protein source never previously eaten and a carbohydrate source that is unlikely to be antigenic (such as rolled oats) may also be recommended. Commercial products are available or our nutrition can advise you on a homemade dog food recipe. An appropriate diet must be fed for eight to twelve weeks before a positive affect may be seen.

Fiber supplementation is recommended for IBD that affects the colon. Dietary fiber improves stool consistency and produces fatty acids that nourish the colon and discourage the growth of harmful bacteria.

Feeding a raw diet is the best option for canine inflammatory bowel disease or dog diarrhea. It provides fresh, wholesome, and high-quality ingredients for the animal that most commercial dry and canned foods lack. This particular case requires the diet to possess a very high level of protein and an adequate level of fat. Our suggested percentages are: 50% protein, 30% fat, and 20% carbohydrates. If the dog can tolerate even more protein, it would be beneficial as well. The exact amounts of each ingredient are as follows:

8 oz beef

2 oz broccoli   

1 oz garlic

2 oz carrot

2 oz sweet potato

1 oz celery

(six ounces)

Broccoli (half cup)

(one cup)

(half cup)

Sweet Potato (one medium)

Celery (one cup)


45.9 mcg

1.2 mcg

19.3 mcg

0.2 mcg

0.2 mg

1.5 mcg

Vitamin A


1207 IU

12.2 IU

13286 IU

21,909 mg

782 IU

Vitamin C


50.6 mg

42.4 mg

2.8 mg

22.3 mg

9.2 mg

Vitamin E

0.87 mg

1.13 mg

0.1 mg

0.8 mg

0.81 mg

0.53 IU

Along with the raw diet, we recommend 3 additional supplements to further promote total healing throughout their body.

Those supplements are

  • PWZ Rosemary Oil 
  • PWZ Calcium Bentonite Purifying Clay
  • PWZ Eternal Immune Boost
  • Alkaline Water

PWZ Rosemary Oil

The PWZ Rosemary Oil enriches the body with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids through a combination of rosemary oil, sunflower oil, and flaxseed oil. Those fatty acids help keep the body’s cells healthy by protecting and nourishing their outer membranes, which are composed of a phospholipid bilayer. Furthermore, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are broken down into eicosanoids by enzymes. Those molecules help regulate the immune response and inflammation from the inflammatory bowel disease. Specifically, eicosanoids from omega-3s suppress the immune system and eicosanoids from omega-6s promote inflammation. That said, the balance and ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s are very important for proper immune function. 1.5 tablespoons of the PWZ Rosemary Oil should be added to each meal the dog is given throughout the day.

PWZ Calcium Bentonite Purifying Clay

Next, the dog should receive ¼ teaspoon of the PWZ Calcium Bentonite Purifying Clay twice during the day. This clay, derived from volcanic ash, has an alkaline pH of 9.7 and helps bring balance to the body by eliminating toxins such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and chemicals. The clay absorbs these foreign substances, so they may be eliminated by the body, which is especially important for animals with an illness or disease. It will absorb the toxins produced by the inflammatory bowel disease or dog diarrhea since their immune system has been compromised. This clay has the ability to absorb 33 times the amount of its weight and can rid the body of large amounts of toxins. It also improves the absorption of essential nutrients from food and increases their bioavailability.

PWZ Eternal Immune Boost

Lastly, we suggest that the dog receive one scoop of PWZ Eternal Immune Boost per day. This supplement contains a combination of herbs that are specially formulated to keep the immune system healthy.For example, it contains Pau De Arco and kelp. Pau De Arco stimulates the immune system, and kelp has anticancer properties.

Alkaline Water

It is also important to provide alkaline water for the dog all throughout the day. This type of water is important because it helps to restore the body’s balance and proper pH level. As toxins build up, certain areas in the body become more acidic. Normally, the body can maintain a fairly constant pH on its own, but dogs with health complications have a harder time controlling pH naturally. The alkaline water will help neutralize and rid the body of the toxins built up in their system from the inflammatory bowel disease.

Some of our freeze-dried ingredients should be supplemented with the dry food if possible as well. Then the PWZ Rosemary Oil, PWZ Calcium Bentonite Purifying Clay, and PWZ Eternal Immune Boost should be supplemented along with as much alkaline water as the dog will drink.

Always consult your Vet first if you have any serious concerns about your pet’s health.

Puptection Health & Nutrition Center Disclaimer
Puptection Health & Nutrition Center’s website advice is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health. Never disregard professional veterinary advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read online.


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