Trying to care for a dog with bowel problems is no fun at all. You have to watch your dog lie there feeling uncomfortable and sometimes in pain. Dogs suffering from these types of health problems will most certainly need veterinary attention. And, it's likely that you'll have to change Fido's diet. Perhaps this homemade dog food for IBD, IBS and Colitis will be a good fit for your beloved companion.
Of course, all of these conditions are different. While they all effect the bowels of your dog, their symptoms and severity differ. For this reason, it's important to have your dog evaluated by a veterinarian and check with them to ensure this food will meet your dog's unique nutritional needs.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is known as a functional disorder. Basically, the digestive tract looks normal, but doesn't work as it should. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. With lifestyle and dietary changes, this condition can usually be easily managed.
Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) on the other hand can cause irreversible damage to your dog's bowels. The symptoms are also more severe, including painful abdominal cramping, fever and bloody diarrhea. The symptoms can be chronic or intermittent.
Colitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the large intestine. The most common symptom is frequent and very loose (almost liquid) diarrhea. It can be caused by stress, trauma, parasites, infection or even allergies. The cause of Colitis will determine how it is treated, but quite often veterinarians will recommend a diet similar to this homemade dog food for IBD, IBS and Colitis.
Homemade Dog Food for IBD, IBS and Colitis
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breast
- 3 ounces chicken liver
- 1 lb. sweet potato with skin
- 1/2 lb. broccoli stalks
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 egg shells
- 1/4 tsp. iodized salt
- 5 drops Vitamin E
If your dog is suffering from a bowel disorder, you MUST check with your veterinarian before switching his diet. Your veterinarian can make recommendations for the best commercial food for your pet based on his age, weight, activity level and health condition.
If you're interested in providing your dog with a homemade dog food for IBD, IBS and Colitis, ask your veterinarian before starting Fido on this recipe. They will likely recommend feeding your pooch a diet that is high in fiber and hypoallergenic. Your vet may also recommend adding a pre- and/or probiotic or other supplements to this recipe.
The first step to prepare this recipe is to cook the chicken thighs and chicken liver. I cook them together in a skillet over low/medium heat. You'll also need to bake or microwave the sweet potato. Keep the skin on and cut the sweet potato into bite-sized pieces that are appropriate for your dog.
The recommended serving size for this homemade dog food for IBD, IBS and Colitis is about a 1/2 cup for every 25 pounds of body weight per serving. You'll need to feed 2 servings per day. For example, if your dog weighs 50 pounds, he would need 1 cup of food in the morning and 1 cup at night.
You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. You can also make this food in bulk and store it in the freezer for 2-3 months.
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