Treatment for colitis may include:
- A bland diet (or special veterinary diet) for a short period.
- De-worming treatment if your vet suspects worms could be the cause.
- Probiotics (useful in some cases, but not all).
- Anti-inflammatories specifically for the gut, which reduce inflammation and pain. Anti-inflammatories for the guts are very different to NSAIDs – which aren’t safe for colitis.
Contact you vet if your dog has been treated for colitis and hasn’t improved within a few days. They may need further investigations, which could include a food trial, blood tests, x-rays, a scan or biopsies (taking samples) of the colon.
If your dog suffers from colitis regularly (chronic colitis), you will need to work closely with your vet to prevent flare-ups. Prevention measures include:
- Feeding a special food recommended by your vet
- No treats (even dental chews!)
- Prevent food scavenging
- Regular worming treatments
- Additional treatment from your vet during a flare-up.