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Q: Q: My dog suffers from colitis. Which food would be recommended?

 

A: If your dog exhibits symptoms of colitis (inflammation of the large bowel) an easily digestible food should be given. Make sure that water is always available and not restricted. In mild cases (where the faeces are slightly soft with evidence of mucous), offering smaller, more frequent meals can help. Because all of the Arden Grange foods are hypoallergenic and contain high quality protein sources, any of our products would be suitable unless your dog requires a restricted fat intake due to a nasty flare up, or has any known allergy or dietary intolerance. In the case of the latter, you will need to check ingredients carefully since some sensitive dogs can even react to popular ingredients like chicken and lamb. In such cases, the Arden Grange Sensitive is often beneficial. If fresh blood is present in small quantities in the stools, this is often indicative of irritation to the lining of the colon. It is not usually serious, but as with any medical condition, it is recommended that advice is sought from your vet. Dark blood in the stools is far more serious, and may be evidence of bleeding from the small intestine. If this is the case, you MUST inform your vet. Colitis can have many causes, but one of the most common bacterial infection. The vet may ask you to collect a sample of faeces for analysis (this should be taken prior to the administration of antibiotics in order to provide a true representation of the bacteria present within the sample). Some general tips include:
1. Splitting the daily feed portion into 3 or even 4 small meals per day
2. Soaking dry food with warm water for about ½ hour prior to serving to soften the kibble and ease the initial work-load of the digestive enzymes

3. Stop any treats or titbits during a flare-up

4. When symptoms are bad, some bland home-prepared food which is low in fat can be especially helpful (e.g. chicken or white fish with some rice or boiled mashed potato)
RESOURCES: “ADVERSE FOOD REACTIONS” & “DEALING WITH DIARRHEA” FACT SHEETS

 

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