Chronic colitis is an inflammation of the colon (large bowel) that has been present for a long time. Signs include intermittent or continuous diarrhea, mucoid or bloody stools, and discomfort during elimination. The disease usually results in weight loss and a dull haircoat.
Finding the cause of chronic colitis is often difficult. Common causes include parasites, bacteria, dietary intolerance, genetic disorder, allergies, nervousness, anxiety, or stress. Sometimes no cause can be found.
Important Points in Treatment
1. A complete examination, including laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays), is usually necessary to find the cause and determine proper treatment for colitis. Hospitalization may be necessary.
2. Chronic colitis is very difficult to cure. Often control is the best that can be achieved. Lifetime treatment may be necessary.