What’s the big difference between IBS & IBD?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease present with many of the same symptoms, however, they are completely different illnesses. One is a functional disease…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease present with many of the same symptoms, however, they are completely different illnesses. One is a functional disease of the GI tract and the other is literally all in your pet’s head!

Common symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea but let’s look at the illnesses and how they differ.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS

IBS is a psychosomatic disease, which means it is primarily mental! No, you should not rush your fur baby off to a therapist, but you will have to do some work to find out why your pet has the syndrome.

Usually, it is due to some type of stress or anxiety so your main job is to identify exactly what is stressing your pet.

In cats, something as simple as moving their litter box can cause stress issues so be on the lookout for the simplest things and changes. Ask yourself if your schedule has changed and is now more inconsistent, have you moved recently or introduced any new pets or people into the home?

IBS is treated through medication from your veterinarian to bring some homeostasis back to the gut but ultimately you will have to and remove or ameliorate the stressor if possible.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBS

IBD is a pretty common gastrointestinal disorder in both dogs, cats, and humans for that matter. In fact, it is the most common cause of chronic vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

In humans the majority of time it presents as ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease but in dogs, it often presents as Lymphocytic-plasmacytic enteritis and Eosinophilic gastroenteritis. Basically, cells that deal with immune responses flood the GI tract wreaking havoc on the intestinal wall and this creates immense inflammation.

The inflammation in the intestines can result in a number of symptoms depending on where the inflammation appears. Our article, Irritable Bowel Disease in dogs, important things you need to know goes much further in depth about IBD so make sure to read it if your pet suffers from the disease!

Treatment for IBD also often includes prescription medication from your vet in addition to lifestyle changes such as a lifelong dietary change, these are some things you may consider adding to your dog’s diet if they are diagnosed with IBD.

Does your pet suffer from either IBS or IBD, how have you dealt with the diagnosis?

Bland Diet

If your dog has a bout of diarrhea this recipe will work out well for them. If you are searching for other options and want to read about bland diets our article here will give you all the information you need.
The goal is to have: 75% bolied white rice and 25% boiled lean meat, so make your portions with this in mind and the size of your dog in mind as w
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins


  • 1 Cup Plain white rice do not season
  • 1 Pound of meat such as plain skinless and boneless chicken breast, lean ground turkey, or lean ground beef (sirloin is best) do not season
  • 2 Cups Water for rice
  • 4 Cups Water for meat


  • Boil rice and meat separately
  • Once the meat has finished boiling skim off any fat
  • mix rice and meat together, you can also blend it which will make it easier to swallow and blend with food once you return to regular food
  • Food can remain refrigerated for up to 48 hours

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