What triggers inflammatory bowel disease in dogs?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe a set of chronic gastrointestinal disorders that are triggered by an abnormal response of the dog’s immune system to environmental triggers. Common environmental triggers of IBD in dogs include food allergies, stress, bacterial and viral infections, parasites, and certain drugs. Some breeds, such as German Shepherds, Boxers, and Shar-Peis, are more prone to developing IBD than others. The exact cause of IBD in dogs is unknown, but is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms of IBD in dogs can include weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Treatment for IBD typically involves dietary modification, antibiotics, and other medications.