Homemade treats for dogs with IBD are usually much healthier than the stuff you will find at the store so it’s a good idea to make them yourself rather than purchase them from pet stores.
What treats can you give a dog with IBD?
The most important thing to remember when treating a dog with IBD is that the symptoms will vary from dog to dog. So, there is no “one size fits all” treatment plan. Your vet should have formulated a treatment plan that includes diet and medications, but you can help your dog by supplementing his diet with certain nutrient-dense, easy-to-digest treats.
Here are some ways to ease your dog’s stomach:
Lean sources of protein like chicken breast, turkey breast, and lean cuts of beef are all good options for your dog’s diet. If you’re feeding your dog a raw diet, these proteins are easy to incorporate into your pup’s meal plan. For kibble diets, look for foods that use high-quality meats as the primary ingredient.
If you’re feeding your dog a novel protein, stick with the same protein for treats. For example, if your dog is eating a novel protein diet of duck, then look for treats that are made with duck as the main ingredient.
2. Chicken and rice
Chicken and rice is a classic bland diet that’s often recommended for dogs suffering from digestive issues like IBD. To make chicken and rice treats at home, just add some cooked chicken breast and cooked white rice to a food processor along with a small amount of water until a dough forms. Then roll out the dough and cut it into whatever shapes you’d like. You can also simply shred some chicken breast (no seasoning) and sprinkle over top of your dog’s regular food as a treat.
3. Fruit and vegetable
Dogs with IBD should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are easy on their digestive system. Some of the best options include pumpkin, green beans, and sweet potato. Fruits with anti-oxidant benefits include apples and blueberries (although blueberries should only be given in moderation). Other fruits like bananas, kiwi, mangoes, and pears can also be beneficial for dogs with IBD.
Most dogs love fruits and vegetables. They’re nutritious and provide essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. The best part is that they’re healthy snacks that can help keep your dog at a healthy weight.
4. Omega-3 fatty acids
Fish oil supplements for people can be given to dogs by sprinkling them over their food. Salmon is a great source of omega-3s, but only if it’s cooked. Salmon poisoning disease is caused by eating raw salmon and can be deadly.
You can find fish oil supplements at most pet stores or online. Be careful if you’re giving your dog capsule oil because some contain vitamin E that can be toxic to dogs.
A high-quality protein source, they’re easy to cook and give dogs a shiny coat. Eggs can help firm up loose stools.
These beneficial bacteria can help maintain healthy digestion and boost immune function. Look for a high-quality pet probiotic or give your dog yogurt that contains active cultures of lactobacillus acidophilus, the most common probiotic bacteria in humans and pets. You can add plain yogurt to your dog’s food or make frozen yogurt treats using a mold made specifically for dogs.
It’s a plant that provides fiber and nutrients while also soothing an inflamed bowel. Plantain is safe for dogs when used appropriately.
8. Commercial dog treats
If your dog has IBD but doesn’t have any food allergies or sensitivities, you can give him most commercial treats. However, you need to be careful about giving too many treats, as they can cause him to gain weight and make his symptoms worse.
Look for treats made from natural ingredients and free of artificial colors, preservatives, and flavors, which can worsen digestive health in pets.
How can I treat my dog’s IBD naturally?
Your dog’s digestive system is a complex and delicate balance of bacteria, enzymes, and acids. When this balance is thrown off, it can cause serious problems like IBD.
But you don’t have to reach for the medicine cabinet when your dog has IBD. There are some simple changes that can help ease your dog’s symptoms naturally.
Your first step should be to speak with your vet about changing your dog’s diet. You’ll want to choose a food that doesn’t contain any grains, fillers, or artificial ingredients. If you’re feeling extra brave, you could try making your own homemade food for your dog. Just be sure to use fresh ingredients that contain all of the nutrients your dog needs to thrive.
Of course, it’s not always easy to find a healthy dog food — especially if you have a picky eater. But switching your dog to an IBD-friendly diet is worth the effort! Not only will it help him feel better, but it will also reduce his chances of developing other conditions later in life like diabetes and cancer.
In cases where it seems like there may be a food allergy, try changing your dog’s diet to a hydrolyzed protein diet. These are diets that typically have been “predigested” so that they will not cause an allergic reaction in dogs with certain allergies.
If you do not see improvement with dietary changes alone then you may need to supplement your dog with additional nutrients like probiotics and digestive enzymes. Some people even add fish oil supplements to their dogs’ diets for their anti-inflammatory effects.
For some dogs, treatment involves medications to suppress immune system activity or reduce inflammation. For others, dietary changes can be very beneficial. Raw diets are often recommended by veterinarians because they tend to be highly digestible, which reduces the amount of undigested material in the intestinal tract that can cause inflammation. In addition, raw diets are free of many of the additives and preservatives found in many commercial pet foods. Raw diets are not for every pet owner, so you should discuss them with your veterinarian before trying one.
What are the symptoms of IBD in dogs?
Canine inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a broad term that encompasses many types of intestinal disease and causes damage to the gastrointestinal tract. The following are signs and symptoms that may indicate your dog has IBD:
- Blood in stool
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Increased gas production