Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Dogs and Cats

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), also known as diet or food responsive diarrhea, food intolerance or food allergy, antibiotic responsive diarrhea, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, protein losing enteropathy, and lymphangectasia, is a catch-all term used to describe a syndrome of chronic stomach and intestinal disorders as the result of inflammatory in the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa. More recently the term chronic enteropathy has been used.   Although the exact cause is poorly understood, many believe genetic factors, interactions…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Why is "Jensen" Sick?

Take our IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: History and Physical Exam: This case involves “Jensen”, a  5-month old, intact male Golden Retriever puppy.  Jensen was adopted 5 weeks earlier from a breeder and was not currently vaccinated for leptospirosis, but was up to date on his DA2PP and Rabies vaccines and on monthly heartworm preventative.  He presented after hours to the local emergency clinic for lethargy, anorexia and a few episodes of bilious vomiting earlier in the…

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