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Old October 3rd, 2008, 11:22 AM
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Canine SIBO

A co-worker's dog has been diagnosed with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). The problem is idiopathic for her dog (responds to antibiotics).

I did some research for her, and this is a condition where the small intestine has way too many bad bacteria, which in turn damages the ability to absorb nutrients from the food. It can be caused by an autoimmune problem or start as a malabsorption problem and is similar to Celiac's disease and IBS. Apparently certain carbs encourage the bacterial growth but the vet prescribed food for this condition is full of corn. That just doesn't make sense to me. I did find a forum on SIBO where people were talking about how the only way they could control the symptoms was to feed either this vet prescribed food, or one similar to it - even though a carb was the main ingredient.

Does anyone have any experience with this condition?
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