is a type of inflammatory bowel disorder where the white blood cells
with a role in the immune system infiltrate the walls of the intestine in
large numbers. Even in normal bowel some of these cells are always present.
Hypersensitivity to dietary factors is believed to play a role but the cause
is still unclear. In some severe cases there appears to be a progression
to lymphosarcoma (tumour of white blood cells in the tissues). Medical treatment
is usually based on corticosteroid therapy which suppresses the activity
of these cells to a certain degree. Some unresponsive cases are treated
with azathioprine which is a strong immunosuppressive drug but this would
not be a first option. Controlling the dog's food intake with a hypoallergenic
and low residue diet helps in some cases. German Shepherds may be predisposed
to lymphocytic-plasmacytic enteritis.
The above information is simply informational.
It's intent is not to replace the advice of a veterinarian nor to assist
you in making a diagnosis of your pet. Please consult with your own veterinarian
for confirmation of any diagnosis. Your pets life may depend on it.