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The Mistakes Even Vets Make With Digestive Issues in Dogs

Because of how most veterinarians are trained, they tend to overlook the one thing that's been shown to help up to 80% of dogs with chronic gastrointestinal issues. Instead, their go-to approach is often haphazard, unnecessary and likely to make the condition worse.

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  • Most dogs with chronic digestive tract issues have a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) called lymphocytic plasmacytic enteritis, and up to 80% of these dogs respond well to changes to their diet
  • An ongoing study of dogs begun in 2018 using dietary changes to address persistent GI issues is yielding positive results; however, over time, it’s likely the issues will recur for dogs switched from one ultraprocessed diet to a different ultraprocessed diet
  • One revelation from the study is that hydrolyzed protein diets marketed to treat GI disease seem no more beneficial than intact protein diets
  • Dogs with suspected food intolerances should be tested to determine the specific food(s) they react to; once the problem food(s) have been identified, a 2-to-3-month novel diet should be introduced
  • Every case of food intolerance in dogs is unique, which is why it’s extremely important to design a custom-formulated healing protocol for each pet

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