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Inflammatory bowel disease Owner Factsheet

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a broad term for conditions that cause the lining of the digestive tract to become thickened and inflamed. Signs include chronic, intermittent vomiting and/or diarrhoea, weight loss, and anorexia (appetite loss).

Conclusive diagnosis of IBD requires biopsies (tissue samples) of the intestinal tract. Some vets may recommend a diet trial to test for food allergies. Many pets with IBD require a special diet as well as medication. The exact cause of IBD is unknown, and there is usually no cure, but it can frequently be controlled.

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

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What are the signs of IBD?

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What causes this IBD?

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How will my vet diagnose IBD?

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What is a diet trial?

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How is IBD treated?

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