IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs can affect both the upper and lower gastrointetinal tracts.
Bulldogs gastrointestinal tract is critical for their survival, its lining oversees transporting and absorption of vital nutrients.
Bulldog and French bulldog IBD is due to an abnormal immune response that leads to an exaggerated inflammatory reaction that specifically targets your bulldog intestinal tract cells lining. Inflammatory bowel disease in bulldogs is a group of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. This severe inflammation that infiltrates the gut cell lining impairs both the absorption and the delivery of critical nutrients. Consequently, your bulldog and French bulldog could suffer from a wide range of symptoms many of which will likely impact his or her life expectancy and his or her quality of life.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION:
The most common manifestation of IBD in bulldogs are:
- Weight loss
- Bloody stool
- Strain to defected
- Abdominal pain
IBD in bulldogs and French bulldogs can cause a range of clinical signs from mild to critical, from intermittent to constant, and from nonprogressive to progressive.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs CAUSE:
The cause might vary but can include underlining conditions such as a parasite, food allergy, and bacteria. An immune response ensues that is manifested with severe inflammation of your bulldog intestinal tract.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS:
Diagnosis is often is made by exclusion of all the other common gastrointestinal bulldog diseases, and can be helped by a various test such as
- BLOOD TESTS: tests that check for markers consistent with bulldog IBD, b12 deficiency, folate abnormalities, proteins levels, and pancreatic enzymes
- FECAL TESTS: including a fecal extended PCR fecal test for a parasite like Giardia
- IMAGING: radiographs, ultrasound, and endoscopy
- BIOPSIES: sample of the GI tract taken for histopathology
- FOOD TRAIL: testing for food sensitivities and food allergies
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs THERAPY:
FOOD RESPONSIVE: hypoallergenic Rx diets, hydrolyzed or novel protein therapeutic diets.
ANTIBIOTIC RESPONSIVE: such as enrofloxacin and tylosin
STEROID RESPONSIVE: like prednisone
OTHER IMMUNE SUPPRESSANTS RESPONSIVE: like budesonide
VITAMINS: B12 injections
STEM CELL THERAPY: In the past decade I have been advocating a new state of the art therapy called Stem Cell Therapy. At our hospital, we have our own in-house patented stem cell lab that allows us to harvest, process, and treat our patients onsite shortly after extraction. To enhance their potency they are mixed with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and then light-activated. In addition, we cryobank your bulldog stem cells for additional treatments
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- IMMUNE SUPPORT: like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Immune Support Plus Formula,
- PROBIOTICS: Pre & Probiotics like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Pre & Prebiotics Advanced Formula.
Dr. Kraemer’s IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip # 1 IMMUNE MEDICATED In some cases of IBD, the cause may be obvious however, the majority of cases of inflammatory bowel disease remain unknown (idiopathic) and are considered “immune-mediated”.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #2 BIOPSY: Histopathology is accepted as a gold standard for diagnosing IBD, however, histopathology is not without limitations. There is a large degree of variability in the number of inflammatory cells seen in biopsy specimens of normal dogs and objective criteria for a diagnosis of IBD have not been agreed upon.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #3 TRIALS: Several trials with hypoallergenic diets and/or antibiotics may be needed before improvement is shown.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING#1: Severe forms of bulldog IBD may cause persistent vomiting, protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), marked weight loss, and chronic diarrhea.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING#2: Other gastrointestinal diseases in bulldogs and other pets can present clinically similar to IBD. GI foreign body/obstruction, intestinal cancer, pancreatic disease (chronic pancreatitis, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency), chronic liver disease, and bulldog intestinal lymphoma to name a few.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #3: There is a wide variation in pathologic interpretation of intestinal biopsies, thus diagnosis is ultimately based on the integration of clinical and histopathologic findings, exclusion of other causes for observed clinical signs, and response to therapy.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning WARNING #4: Any bulldog or pet receiving long-term immunosuppressant drugs like prednisone, should be aware of the potential harmful long term adverse effects. Among the common health risk related to many autoimmune suppressant drugs are, GI ulceration and GI perforation, liver damage (steroid hepatopathy), diabetes, and urinary tract infection (cystitis).
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning WARNING #5 long-term use of immunosuppressant drugs like prednisone and antibiotics for bulldog IBD can damage, kill the good bacteria in your bulldog’s bowels, and bring on bulldog dysbiosis. I recommend that you add probiotic like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Pre & Probiotics Advanced Formula with live bacteria for all IBD pets on long term drug treatments.
IBD Inflammatory Bowel in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #6 long term use of immunosuppressant drugs like prednisone for IBD can damage your French bulldog liver (steroid hepatopathy). I recommend you supplement with a liver detoxifier like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Liver Cleanser to minimize the steroid damage to your bulldog liver.
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