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The Canine Nutritionist

Inflammatory bowel disease is a growing problem for today’s dogs. Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract or IBD is mainly caused by carbohydrate-rich commercial dog food irritating the lining of the intestines. As more and more people feed their dog dry commercial dog food, kibble, the worse the problem is becoming. But what is the best dog food for IBD? And why is commercial dog food wreaking havoc amongst today’s canine population?

Exactly what is canine IBD

As I’ve already mentioned, IBD is caused by inflammation, as are most canine and human diseases. In this case, inflammation of the GI tract.

Either a bacterial infection or a protein in your dog’s food causes chronic inflammation which in turn causes a reaction in your dog’s gut. That’s the term for your dog’s intestines (large and small) and it’s stomach.

As your dog’s white cells lock and load ready to fight off the invader, your dog struggles to properly digest its food. This results in vomiting or diarrhoea. Vomiting if the inflammation is in the stomach, diarrhoea if the inflammation is in the intestines. And both vomiting and diarrhoea if the whole of the gut is affected.

How is canine IBD treated?

For reasons I can never quite understand, at this point most people rush their dog to the vet. As a canine nutritionist, it seems illogical to me that at the very first signs of what might be a simple problem, people add insult to canine injury by heaping yet more stress on the shoulders of their already troubled best friend.

Typical treatment for IBD might start with a faecal examination, blood testing and either X-ray or ultrasound. That is likely to be followed by medication and a recommendation from your vet that you start feeding a so-called prescription diet. All for what might be a simple and straightford bit of tummy trouble that would have cleared up in a day or two with a little home cooked TLC!

Okay, if your dog’s IBD was and is the result of commercial dog food then it wouldn’t of its own accord clear up in a day or two. But then neither will it clear up with medication or prescription dog food. The medication would simply mask the symptoms and the prescription dog food would keep you coming back to your vet for further treatment for the entirety of your dog’s life!

Why? Because the prescription dog food is actually little or no different from the dry dog food you were feeding previously. The kibble that caused your dog’s IBD. And in any case, if one dry dog food caused the problem, how on earth is another dry dog food going to cure it?

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How should canine IBD be treated?

Conventional wisdom has it that there is no cure for IBD. That said, inflammatory bowel disease is actually a syndrome and not a disease. And to a large extent, a lot depends on your vet’s interpretation of the results of any investigation.

I feed my dogs a 100% natural homemade wholefood diet. They have the very best diet possible. Despite the quality of their food, one of them had gastric issues last week. If I had taken him to the vet, my vet might have diagnosed IBD, or maybe IBS or maybe colitis or maybe one of any of a number of GI conditions.

I didn’t take him to the vet. I treated him using the suggestions in my digestive problems feeding guide. Four days later he was completely back to normal.

Now did I magically find a cure for a disease that conventional wisdom says is incurable? Did I find a cure for IBD? Or did Marco simply have a spot of tummy trouble that any of us might have on occasion when we’ve perhaps eaten something that did not agree with us? In his case, something he might have scavenged.

Call your dog’s digestive problem IBD, call it what you will, I wholeheartedly believe it can be cured with a healthy, easily digestible diet. What you might call dog food for IBD.

I can help

If your dog is suffering from any kind of digestive problem, inflammatory bowel disease or any other, please book a consultation. If your budget won’t stretch to that, see what a difference easily digestible food can make with my downloadable feeding guide.

Please don’t put your dog through the stress of a veterinary consultation until you’ve seen what a difference real food can make!

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.


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