What are symptoms of colitis in dogs?
- Soft, runny feces or feces with bright flecks of blood.
- Pain while defecating.
- Irregular eating habits.
- Weight loss.
- Increased defecating or flatulence.
- Inflammation or pain in the lower regions.
How long do dogs with colitis live? Histiocytic colitis of Boxers carries a grave prognosis unless treatment is started early in the course of the disease. The immunoproliferative enteropathy of Basenjis also carries a poor prognosis; most dogs die within 2 years of diagnosis, although some have been reported to live as long as 5 years.
Can dogs recover from colitis? Colitis is usually a one-off problem and following treatment, most dogs will recover within a few days. Cases of chronic colitis can take quite a few weeks to improve but can be very well managed with ongoing treatment.
What to feed a dog that has colitis? Ideally, the protein digestibility should be ≥ 87%. It may be appropriate to provide a single source, novel protein (one to which the dog has not previously been exposed) like venison, kangaroo, alligator, or duck. It may be best to provide the protein in a form called hydrosylate.