The differences between Colitis and Enterocolitis
Colitis: what's that?
Colitis, also known as chronic inflammatory disease, is a more serious pathology, and the intervention of a specialist is necessary for its diagnosis. Dogs and cats suffering from colitis tend to lose weight, have cyclical bouts of diarrhea even with blood, often there is vomiting involved and the animal has colic and severe pain. In short, an ugly beast, which among other things, has never had a valid pharmacological solution. But what is obvious: if the underlying cause is the food, just finding the right food formula can resolve the situation. I can safely confirm that, at present, there is only one really practical solution for colitis, known scientifically as I.B.D. (Inflammatory Bowels Disease).
Not that it will heal it, but the solution that we have identified in collaboration with the gastroenterologist Dr. Graziano Pengo, Forza10 Colon Diet is really effective and allows almost all who are affected to live in a normal state, and without significant symptoms, if not with a normal number of daily bowel movements, at least solid, and greater than usual.
Colitis and Enterocolitis: how can we recognize this pathologies?
Very frequently, dogs and cats suffer more or less serious intestinal disorders, and the cause, for a change, is most often the food, and depending on the sensitivity of the subject, it may be the first part of the intestine (small intestine) or the second (large intestine). The symptomatology is quite different, and just in case, it may need the intervention of a veterinarian. You should, however, be able to recognize the symptoms to understand the urgency of the case. If the dog or cat experiences sudden diarrhea, this is almost always due to an inflammation of the small intestine.
Inflammation is always a defense reaction, and the enemy is very easily a toxic substance ingested voluntarily or involuntarily. If diarrhea appears suddenly after being out walking with the dog in an unfamiliar area, the cause may have been something toxic that he/she found and swallowed. If the symptom is limited to diarrhea, it is very unlikely that the substance is dangerous. Diarrhea is the natural mechanism for expelling it from the body.
There are plants whose leaves and flowers are toxic to dogs: in first place is the oleander, but even the poinsettia, azaleas, ivy and bulb plants (lily, iris, hyacinth and narcissus). Take in consideration, that the probability of a plant being the cause of the animal’s illness is definitely not high, but it still should not be underestimated. Keep in mind that a very toxic substance almost always also causes vomiting and that the animal feels really sick overall. All signs that spontaneously induce the owner to rush to the vet, to set the right therapy, and rightly so. If instead, the diarrhea appears suddenly and without there having been the possibility of ingestion of foreign substances, the focus should be shifted to food, analyzing what had been given to the animal different in the hours preceding the appearance of the diarrhea and/or vomiting. Do not go beyond the last meal, as those others are not to be blamed. The enemies are the usual suspects. I believe that all those who follow me know them by heart by now, but I repeat for the new followers: sausages, frankfurters, hamburgers, nuggets and sausages in general, but also bones and pieces of seemingly innocent bits of flesh can be the cause. Obviously it is not the meat itself but what it has inside of it (antibiotic residues especially become toxic in the body of chickens, turkeys, pigs and cattle). Even treats can be the cause, as always, because they contain meat meal from factory farming. Food diarrhea is distinguished from an infectious diarrhea, because the animal is not worn down and there is no evidence of fever. Even if it becomes chronic, usually it does not create visible damage, and very often the animal does not appear slim nor does it become dehydrated. This is because diarrhea is the only way to eliminate the toxic organism quickly.
Forza10 Founder and Head of SANYpet’s Research and Development Department Veterinary surgeon and international expert in food-borne diseases