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Please let me start by saying this is a very common problem. I'm so sorry you are dealing with it, but glad you're looking for the information you need.
There are also a lot of different things that can cause colitis in a dog.
It's really important to find out which one is behind your dog's issues so you know what kind of treatment will work.
Without a diagnosis, your left with only guess work.
To help your dog, I would recommend the following:
1. Avoid dietary changes. Whenever it is necessary to feed a different food or ingredient, switch over gradually. Take several days to gradually change what you are feeding him.
2. Do a dietary trial with a diet specifically formulated for a dog with colitis or a sensitive stomach. All the major manufacturers make them and they are available through your veterinarian there in the UK.
3. Be sure your dog has been routinely dewormed. This should be done every month, or at least several times a year.
4. Because there is no such thing as a dewormer that can control every type of parasite, have a stool sample analyzed by your veterinarian. They will look microscopically for parasite eggs and protozoal cysts. If these are contributing to your dog's colitis, then the appropriate treatment can be administered.
5. Prevent access to human food, especially anything rich and fatty. Also prevent access to nonfood items and plants.
Taking those 5 steps above is often times enough to solve a problem like yours.
Sometimes it's not, though.
Recurrent colitis can be a symptom of several major diseases and it can take a lot of work with a veterinarian to get to the bottom of it.
Examinations (including rectal), blood tests, other types of fecal tests, and even intestinal biopsies are sometimes necessary.
So, I hope you can find some benefit in knowing there is A LOT that can be done to try to help your dog get over this problem.
It is very, very rare for a dog to have issues like this that we veterinarians can NEVER find the reason for. We usually get to the bottom of it and are able to come up with a treatment plan that works.
I hope this information helps.
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