Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)/Colitis

Bernie's Perfect Poop Helps Relieve The Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome In Dogs 

If your dog has an upset tummy, you’ll likely know it. Stinky gas, runny poops or even constipation and runny poops will be the movements of the day. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is also known as colitis in dogs. How can Bernie’s Perfect Poop help relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or colitis?

  • It’s important right off the bat to know that there is a difference between irritable bowel syndrome in dogs  (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease in dogs (IBD). While many symptoms overlap in both IBS and IBD, they are different conditions. IBS or colitis in dogs may seem acute; it can come and go (and often does) and is typically triggered by anxiety or something specifically upsetting your dog’s stomach. On the other hand, IBD is a chronic, long-term condition and symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting may linger without intervention. Think of IBS or colitis as symptoms that come and go (often in groups) whereas IBD is a chronic condition and disease that affects your dog longer-term and more holistically.
  • When it comes to treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms in dogs, a premium fiber is the first step. The Miscanthus grass in Bernie's Perfect Poop will help firm your dog's stool up as it goes through his digestive tract. Combined with dried pumpkin and flaxseed, Bernie’s will absorb water from your dog’s digestive tract and bulk up his stool as it moves through the intestines. Diarrhea is the most significant symptom of IBS, and the high-quality combination of fiber in Perfect Poop makes your dog’s poop firmer in the end.
  • Bernie's Perfect Poop also combines prebiotics and probiotics to balance your dog's gut microbiome. Your dog’s gut flora is a major player in his stomach’s balance. When his gut health is as it should be, there’s a thriving community of good bacteria (probiotics) that keep harmful bacteria from growing. Triggers for IBS like anxiety or eating something that doesn’t agree with them can throw their dog gut out of whack and cause IBS symptoms. The pre- and probiotics in Bernie’s Perfect Poop encourage optimal dog gut health by balancing his microbiome and helping it be a flourishing source of healthy microorganisms. An added bonus of Miscanthus grass as the main fiber in Perfect Poop is that it has Xylooligosaccharides (XOS). The XOS prebiotic in Miscanthus grass has been clinically proven to add beneficial bacteria (and prohibit the growth of bad bacteria) in the gut. A healthy gut means less irritation and symptoms of IBS.
  • Digestive enzymes also help soothe IBS symptoms because they break down the foods your dog eats more efficiently. When this happens, your dog can absorb the nutrition from his food, which means less irrigation to his digestive system. It also means less waste that he needs to expel in his poop. The perfect poop is always a goal when your dog is suffering from IBS because it means they’re less irritated and you’re cleaning up after them less.  
  • Ensuring good dog gut health is the key to treating the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and colitis in dogs. Bernie's Perfect Poop is the premier 4-in-1 combination of fiber, prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes that will do just that. When your dog has good gut health, his entire digestive process is healthier and he suffers from IBS less. That means you suffer less too!
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What Does IBS Look Like In Dogs and What Are The Symptoms Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome? 

There really is such a thing as perfect poop. There’s a reason your veterinarian wants to check your dog’s poop, and it’s not just for worms or parasites. The color, consistency, smell and frequency of your dog’s poop can tell a tremendous amount about his health and that’s because it’s a direct reflection of his gut health.

Intestinal disturbance is the main trigger of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also called colitis in dogs. It can be because they’re anxious about a thunderstorm, you’re leaving for vacation, they ate too much (or something they shouldn’t have eaten) or because they’ve just had to take an antibiotic and their gut microbiome is out of whack.

Colitis in dogs is something that every pet parent dreads. It most often looks like diarrhea at the most inopportune times (though is there really ever a great time for a colon blow?). You’re constantly cleaning up after your dog, wiping his rear and getting big whiffs of a clearly upset stomach. It can come out of the blue, and then magically, seem to disappear just as quickly.

IBS or colitis is a sign of poor gut health, though, and that needs to be addressed. 

The symptoms of colitis or IBS in dogs are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Mucus in poop
  • Constipation
  • Bloating and gas
  • Small but frequent poop breaks
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Sensitive abdomen
  • Blood in poop
  • Pain when pooping
  • Poor skin/coat health

Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome In Dogs

Again, it’s important to stress that the causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome or colitis are typically triggers of outbreaks vs. chronic situations that lead to your dog having Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Some researchers believe that IBD can come from excessive and poorly managed IBS or colitis, and that may be the case. Still, IBS or colitis are often triggered by specific situations or conditions.

Many veterinarians believe there is a major psychological part that is played when it comes to IBS in dogs. There is lots of research that connects your dog’s gut health to his brain health (called the gut-brain axis) and when your dog is mentally struggling with anxiety, stress or obsession, it can affect his gut too. This gut disturbance can lead to the symptoms of IBS or colitis.
Additionally, when your dog’s gut health is poor due to inefficient nutrient absorption, infection, allergies, or not enough fiber, they can suffer from colitis or IBS symptoms. Sometimes they’ll eat something that doesn’t settle well or they shouldn’t eat, and you can see IBS pop up. And when your dog takes medications for other conditions (particularly antibiotics), he may experience bouts of colitis.

Possible Causes of Dog IBS/IBDCan Perfect Poop Help?
Digestive Inflammation
YES
Stress/AnxietyYES
Fiber DeficiencyYES
Poor digestionYES
Medication side effectsYES
Fiber deficiency YES
Dietary allergiesYES
OvereatingYES
InfectionYES
Overeating YES
Consumption of human food
Consumption of non-foods

WARNING

If your dog consistently suffers from symptoms of IBS or colitis, you should seek veterinarian attention. There may be underlying conditions like infections or tumors that may be causing your dog’s stomach to react the way that it is, and excessive diarrhea can even lead to significant and damaging dehydration too. When your dog suffers from a bout of colitis or IBS? They’re telling you something isn’t right in their gut.

Other Ways to Help

  • Make sure your dog is hydrated 
  • Feed quality foods that include good fiber
  • Give exercise to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Feed smaller meals many times a day

Additional Reading

  • Bernies Blog:  How To Help Dogs With IBS
  • Dog Diarrhea
  • Does Your Dog Have IBS or IBD?
  • IBS and IBD in Dogs

Related Terms

  • Canine Leaky Gut
  • Canine Gastroenteritis
  • Canine Chron’s Disease
  • Canine Pancreatitis
  • Enteritis
  • Colon Blow
  • Hershey's Syrup Poop
  • Poop Soup

WHAT OTHER PET PARENTS SAY

Just ordered my second bag for Bueller, my Beagle buddy. He's always had problems with IBS. Years on prescription food did nothing to alleviate this.Enter Bernie's Perfect Poop. As instructed, By the time we got to half the recommended dosage, things were Just Fine in the backyard fertilization project. Scooter sessions in the house are all but nonexistent. And he's off the expensive/ineffective prescription food. Highly recommend! - Regina G.

More Information About IBS In Dogs

When your dog’s gut is healthy, their digestive tract will be healthy too. This means that what goes in the front end comes out the back end the way it should—as perfect poop. Dogs who have balanced guts are healthier overall because they’re at less risk for chronic conditions like Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other metabolic illnesses. Bernie’s Perfect Poop is the best start to treating your dog’s IBS and colitis.

Fiber may help improve your dog’s IBS symptoms
Increasing high-quality fiber is the first route that every veterinarian will suggest you go when it comes to treating your dog’s colitis or IBS symptoms.

High-quality fiber helps bulk up and solidify stool so that it moves through and is easier to pass from your dog's digestive system. When your dog’s intestinal lining is inflamed, a premium fiber will help its consistency and efficiency in the digestive process. Being able to move food through appropriately will help reduce irritation as well.

High-quality fiber also helps your dog's body absorb all it is supposed to from the food you offer, and helps fuel probiotics that balance their guts. If your dog is not getting enough premium fiber, their guts are imbalanced, which irritates their gut lining. Fiber supplementation will ensure the right passage time through their gut. When your dog has the right fiber intake, their balanced microbiomes can ensure just the right consistency and nutritional absorption for optimal health. The right combination of insoluble and soluble fiber in Perfect Poop helps prevent diarrhea, constipation and slow digestion.

Bernie’s Perfect Poop is made from nearly 50% premium fiber. Perfect Poop uses Miscanthus grass, pumpkin and flaxseed to help aid your dog’s digestion. Miscanthus grass is a healthier alternative to other cheap fiber fillers you may find in some other supplements. It’s an all-natural, non-GMO, grain-free, gluten-free fiber that is sustainably grown. It's grown without herbicides or pesticides and is good for the planet and for our dogs. That’s what we like to call a winning combination.

Prebiotics and Probiotics may help with Colitis In Dogs
Prebiotics and probiotics are the key elements to helping your dog's gut health be at its best. Prebiotics and Probiotics balance out your dog's digestive tract bacteria and microbiome. They help ensure your dog’s microbiome is balanced, and that prevents bouts of IBS.

The prebiotics in Bernie’s Perfect Poop are super resilient and can make it all the way through the large intestines unscathed—unlike many other prebiotics in some supplements. Inulin acts as a fertilizer to feed the good bacteria in your dog's lower digestive tract. Because of its strength and resiliency, it can protect the lining of your dog’s gut better and more efficiently. Xylooligosaccharides (XOS) in Perfect Poop are clinically proven to alter gut health in a good way--increasing good gut bacteria and reducing bad with every supplementation. Your dog’s bout with colitis begins here--in the gut--and Inulin and XOS act as frontline warriors.

Probiotics are the good bacteria in your dog's gut. Adding that good bacteria through supplementation limits the growth and effects of harmful bacteria. The probiotics found in Perfect Poop (Bacillus Subtilis and Bacillus Coagulans) are spore-forming. They have the innate ability to crowd out harmful bacteria in your dog’s colon and balance the gut with a thriving colony of good bacteria.

When the good bacteria in your dog's gut get the proper nutrition, they multiply and create a healthy environment. This healthy environment is prime for optimal overall immunity for your dog too.

Enzymes may help your dog IBS

Enzymes in Bernie's Perfect Poop will help your dog's digestive tract break food down better. This means there is less irritation in your dog’s digestive tract during the digestive process. It also means your dog will get the nutrition he’s supposed to get from his food, and less waste needs to be expelled. More, when it is expelled, it’s the right consistency (bye-bye, diarrhea!). Adding enzymes to your dog’s diet means that he’ll have a healthy and balanced digestive tract and stronger cells for overall health.