Managing IBD in cats and dogs
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is inflammation of the stomach or intestines, caused by a specific reaction to chronic irritation. Symptoms include (but are not limited to) diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss, fatigue, depression, dull coat hair, and abdominal pain in your cat or dog.
Causes of IBD
While there is no single cause known for IBD, hypersensitivity to bacteria and additives, such as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives often play a major role. Food allergens including meat proteins, additives, artificial colours and preservatives, milk proteins, and gluten may also result in irritations to the digestive tract, while some dogs and cats are genetically predisposed to developing IBD.
Many pet food brands include non-meat ingredients such as grains, cereals, rice, potatoes, corn, maize, carrots and sweet potato in their products, which can cause sensitivities and indigestion in some cats and dogs. Regularly consuming pet foods with these ingredients can cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines, resulting in IBD.
Management of IBD
Managing IBD is a sensitive task so we recommend always consulting with your primary veterinary practice before starting any medication or changing your pet’s diet.
Ziwi, A Healthy Feeding Alternative
Ziwi believes in feeding as close to a raw diet as possible, one that is highly digestible with high meat content, and no additives, artificial colors or preservatives, or grains.
Ziwi air-dried recipes contain a minimum of 96%, and our canned recipes contain a minimum of 91% meat, organs, bone, and seafood. Our air-dried recipes have a digestibility rating of over 95% so your cat or dog is able to easily digest the food and extract the necessary nutrients and energy needed, and it provides all the right ingredients to match your cat or dog’s nutritional requirements.
Remember to follow our transitioning guide to reduce the risk of digestive upsets for your cat or dog.
Pet Parent Testimonials
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