Ask Seth: What is Colitis in Dogs?
I boarded my dog while we were on a 10-day vacation. When we picked him up from the kennel, they mentioned that he had some loose gooey stools the last few days. They also said I should probably take him to my veterinarian. What could cause this problem? I called my veterinarian and they said it sounded like my dog could be experiencing acute colitis. What is acute colitis in dogs?
Colitis is the inflammation of the colon and usually results in gooey diarrhea in dogs which contains mucus or blood. The stool may begin normal and then finish soft. Colitis often comes with an urgency to defecate, accompanied by cramping and gas. Vomiting may also occur in extreme cases. Acute colitis has sudden symptoms and is probably stress-related (common after boarding, moving, severe weather, or getting into the garbage). These episodes are usually cleared up with a short course of medications like metronidazole or sulfasalazine. A basic fecal examination by your veterinarian can rule out any parasitic infestation. Usually during this treatment of medication, your dog may have to be on a bland diet for a few days. Your veterinarian can provide the best course of action.
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