Why it is inflammatory bowel disease difficult to diagnose and treat?
By Claude West (The Cat Man)
You just got a call from the vet about your cats blood work. They suspect your kitty is suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Getting your vet to tell you what it is can be difficult to understand.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease may result from more than one condition and is difficult to resolve. Just when you least expect it your cat starts to vomit and have diarrhea frequently. Well this is not good! The vet just sold you a 20-day supply of antibiotics and now your cat seems worse off than before.
The medical description of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
First, there are many reasons why your cat is suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This disease mirrors many other disorders and not well described in the Merck Manual or by your veterinarian. “Idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease is actually a group of digestive system diseases. They are recognized by certain persistent signs and by inflammation without a known cause. The various forms of inflammatory bowel disease are classified by location in the body and type of cell involved.”
The previous paragraph out of the Merck Manual implies that a biopsy is necessary to determine what is causing this inflammation. Inflammatory Bowel Disease can be serious to your cat’s health by losing nourishment and dehydration. The real question is what would be the best treatment?
Some common trigger allergens to your pets.
The Only Natural Pet Food Store adds this. “The causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease are not always clear. It may include food allergies,sensitivities, parasitic infections, or adverse drug reactions. Untreated food allergies may progress to Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The most common allergens in dogs are beef, chicken, milk, eggs, corn, wheat, and soy. Common allergens in cats are fish, beef, and dairy products. Food colorings and other additives may cause a dietary intolerance. All which mimics typical Inflammatory Bowel Disease signs. Over-vaccination, can create a hyperactive immune state, may also be a factor in chronic Gastrointestinal problems.”
I cringe whenever I hear a vet stating that they suspect Inflammatory Bowel Disease is the problem with your cat. Since there is no clear-cut reason why the intestinal cells are inflamed. The treatment may cause more problems than help.
Treatment and disease have similar signs and symptoms.
Typically, a vet will prescribe antibiotics such as Clavamox. Unfortunately that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. These are the same symptoms of the disease so perhaps there is a holistic approach to this condition. Here is an article link that looks at some holistic treatments that could be of value.
In summary, and note this is an undeniable fact. Giving your cat has a healthy diet that is specie specific to them will have a stronger immune system. This means fewer complications with their internal organs. Avoiding allergens, artificial coloring, and adding pet probiotics and enzymes reduce causes of inflammatory bowel disease in cats.
Only Natural Pet Food Store article archives: “IBD and other Gastrointestinal diseases”
Online Merck Manual for pet health: “Disorders of stomach and intestines in cats”
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