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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Last updated on January 24, 2012

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome is an umbrella term that includes a group of conditions that affect the gastro-intestinal track of animals and people. It causes irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the digestive track. It can occur in the stomach (gastritis), the small intestine (enteritis), and the large intestine (colitis/Crohn’s disease). 


  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Fatigue
  • Loss off appetite, therefore weight-loss

While IBS is not life threatening, it is extremely painful and uncomfortable. To help heal your pet of the IBS and its symptoms, you must discover what is triggering it.


  • An animal with IBS simply reacts to something in the environment that its body disagrees with. These factors that contribute to IBS include:
  • Stress
  • Poor diets
  • Allergies, especially food allergies
  • Continual use of antibiotics
  • Parasites
  • Bacterial and viral infections

It would be beneficial to consult a Pet Nutritionist or a Veterinarian to help discover the root cause and a natural treatment.


Because an animal with IBS is reacting to something in the environment, by removing the stressor, the body is able to heal and the symptoms disappear. For this reason, natural remedies best treat IBS. 

Licorice Root

An excellent anti-inflammatory that is effective for the entire digestive system

Marshmallow Root

Helps to sooth painful, inflamed mucous membranes of the digestive tract. 

Slippery Elm 

The protein and trace minerals (manganese and iodine) in Slippery Elm, help to strengthen mucous membranes. 

Active Manuka Honey

Coats and protects the stomach lining to help better digest food and calm an upset stomach.