Colitis in dogs is an inflammation of the colon. It’s a common problem for dogs and can be caused by a number of things.
Dogs with colitis have diarrhea, often with blood or mucus present in the stool. Other symptoms may include vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
This condition affects dogs of all ages and breeds, although it occurs most often in young dogs.
Causes of Colitis in Dogs
There are many possible causes for colitis in dogs, including:
Diarrhea: Diarrhea can be caused by too much fiber or by a change in diet. It may also be caused by eating spoiled food or something that was given to your dog that he should not have eaten (like chocolate).
Stress: Stress can lead to diarrhea as well as other health issues such as heart problems and muscle spasms. If your dog is stressed due to something like a move or a new baby coming into the house, his body will react with diarrhea until he adjusts to his new environment.