By Robert Mueller
“My dog has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and I heard that a raw food diet like BARF will help. Can you give me some insight on this disease and if BARF can help?”
This is one of the most frequent questions we get from clients. Other than skin and allergy issues, which are the #1 problem, that plagues our companion animals, the second most troubling issue relates to digestion and gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances and in particular IBS which is a form of colitis, a condition that is characterized by inflammation or swelling of the large intestine.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is called a disease of exclusion. This means that because IBS is difficult to diagnose, several other disorders have to be eliminated before a proper diagnosis of IBS can be made. The symptoms include passage of small amounts of mucous stool, a watery discharge or very soft stool and it can be sometimes associated with painful defecation and an increased frequency of defecation.
As the disease progresses, it can trigger intermittent bloating, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. It comes as no surprise that a dog with this condition is reluctant to enjoy his/her normal meal, which can lead to underweight issues and lack of appetite.
It’s interesting to note that wild dogs seem to be free of this disease. Wild dogs search and find foods that are biologically appropriate and available. They eat what nature intended for them and as a result do not normally suffer from these types of digestive issues.
On the other hand, domesticated dogs are fed whatever their companion guardian elects to feed them. In this case, the domesticated dog may be subjected to many factors that he wouldn’t normally be exposed to in the wild such as a diet full of chemicals, pesticides, flavoring agents, fat sprays, and fillers.
In my experience of feeding the BARF diet for over 40 years I’ve seen firsthand the dramatic effects that our customers’ dogs have had and how they have been able to turn around many digestive and IBS-type conditions just from making the switch to a bones and raw food diet (BARF). Changing your pet’s diet along with a specific supplement regimen approved by your veterinarian is the key to your pet overcoming IBS and other digestive problems.
The conventional vet treatment for this condition includes diarrhea medication, antibiotics, and steroids to reduce any inflammation. This may be necessary in the most extreme cases however alternatively, the holistic vet approach is to supplement the animal’s meals with dietary fiber. Give our E-BARF+ a try. This one-of-a-kind green superfood supplement not only improves digestion, it also supercharges the immune system so your pet can fight back against allergies, skin and coat problems, digestive issues, and even degenerative health concerns associated with age – naturally. And of course the first step is to switch your pet to BARF…biologically appropriate raw food!
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!