Is irritable bowel syndrome also present in dogs? Academic Article uri icon


  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in humans is described as the recurrent presence of gastrointestinal signs, without gross histopathologic evidence of inflammation and of other morphologic lesions; however, it is a syndrome not unanimously defined in veterinary medicine. There is some evidence that dysmotility could be related to stressors in some dogs that present with clinical signs (e.g. chronic idiopathic large-bowel diarrhea) that share overlapping aspects with human IBS. The authors hypothesize that an IBS-like condition, similar to that described in humans, might also be present in dogs. Nevertheless, the diagnostic path for canine IBS needs to be further elucidated and its pathogenesis better defined for a more rational therapeutic approach.

published proceedings

  • Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Cerquetella, M., Rossi, G., Spaterna, A., Tesei, B., Jergens, A. E., Suchodolski, J. S., & Bassotti, G.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Cerquetella, Matteo||Rossi, Giacomo||Spaterna, Andrea||Tesei, Beniamino||Jergens, Albert E||Suchodolski, Jan S||Bassotti, Gabrio

publication date

  • June 2018