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Just like us, dogs can get irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic digestive system disorder that can cause discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, mucus in stool and other GI issues.

Although the cause is not known for sure, there are some contributing factors. The intestines are lined with muscle that normally work and contract without discomfort. However, those with IBS may have muscles that contract more intensely or for longer times, resulting in discomfort. Another reason is connected with the GI’s nervous system. If the GI system and the brain are not communicating properly, it can cause the GI system to overreact.

Other, perhaps more tangible reasons include food sensitivities, stress, anxiety or illness. Do you know any dogs who are experiencing any of these issues? If so, do they experience IBS symptoms? Gradually experimenting with diet may help – if your dog is experiencing tummy troubles as a result of a bothersome food. Contact me if you need help. Other suggestions based on my readings geared to humans include stress reduction. This can include daily walks, lots of love, and a safe environment. Probiotics are another recommendation, as they help balance intestinal flora.

Love, exercise and good food can help keep your pal healthy!

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