Monday, June 10, 2013

Yorkie Terrier Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Does your dog have bowel problems?

Bowel problems can show up as lots of gas, diarrhea and possibly passing blood. This also can come under the title of digestive problems. The saying that "Life and Death" begin in the colon. That not only applies to humans, but dogs as well.

Many dogs live a very uncomfortable life daily with these digestive problems. They have cramping, pain and are not able to fully digest their food. Sometimes, it passes right through them after they have had a meal.

I have a lot of experience in this area, as I had a Yorkie that had these issues all of his nearly 14 years. The veterinarian never suggested anything.

When he would have bad diarrhea, I would give him small doses of kaopectate from a syringe. He always had loose stools, never constipated, but sometimes would pass a mucous like substance, it would glisten like jelly. I was always scared that he was going to die when he was a puppy. I would hear these loud gurgling sounds coming from his gut area. When they would begin, he would not eat anything until that passed. Sometimes, he would vomit a lot.

I came home one day from grocery shopping and he had bled all over the house. There was so much blood that I was surprised that he was still alive.He was fine when I had left him to go grocery shopping. It came on suddenly. We rushed to the vet which was after hours, 6 p.m. She was anything but helpful. She gave him a couple of shots and said to see my regular vet the next day. She charged $80.00.

His diet was always very good, as I home cook for all my dogs. Sometimes, diet can cause diarrhea and other problems.

Is your dog suffering with any of these symptoms that I am describing?

Some vets prescribe drugs that do not work, so it's really up to you to try to learn as much as you can about your dog's condition. No one knows your dog as well as you do.

At the time, I did not know what was wrong. I have since realised that I could have helped him more with his bowel problems, instead of resorting to Kaopectate. By the way, Kaopectate is a natural product and safe for your dog. It definitely does stop diarrhea. My Yorkie never really liked it very much, but he took it without spitting it out. It is a great medicinal product to have in your medicine chest, since you never know when you might need it yourself.

Many pet parents are worrying with these conditions daily and going to the vet is not always helping. There are many dog breeds, not just Yorkies, that suffer with bowel problems. Large or small, they can all be affected.

Dogs can not tell you when they have a tummy ache. They just seem to go on as best they can, but if you know what to look for and how to help your dog, you'll both be happier. I wish that I had known about products that could have helped my Yorkie.

Presently, all of my dogs are healthy and I am happy to say that none of them have any bowel problems.

And I am more informed today, so that I know what to look for.

Knowledge is power.

No comments:

Post a Comment