I decided to take her to the vet and it turns out she has acid reflux. No doubt from the spicy chicken wings my husband gives her.
He would eat grass and all his bowel movements were perfectly normal. He would also drink loads of water. As he was vomiting, he would be trying to go get his ball to play! He then went to the other extreme and was constantly hungry but still lost more and more weight (I should also mention, while being treated for suspected lung worm, he had a reaction to the Advocate treatment and had to have an antihistamine to counteract the symptoms). My dog is 12 years old (lhasa/shih tzu) and over the past year has developed a pattern of diarrhea that will last about a week and occurs about every 3 wks.
Burning, inflammation and discomfort for your dog. Yes, acid reflux is quite common after surgery, or while the dog is under anesthesia.
If your pet overeats, or his meal doesn’t agree with him, then it might be time for a change. Talk to your vet and try to find an appropriate meal, which will soothe his upset tummy.
If you notice that your dog’s breath is just horrible, but there are no other factors, you might want to keep your eyes open for other acid reflux symptoms (see above). The next step, after pain and loss of appetite, will be weight loss. Many other things can cause your dog to lose weight as well, but you’re likely to be able to tell the difference. This is especially the case if you’ve already seen prior symptoms of what you suspect is acid reflux. If left untreated, acid reflux can damage the dog’s mucous lining of the esophagus and cause greater problems.
Before you treat acid reflux in your dog, visit your vet for a diagnosis, especially if your dog has serious symptoms like vomiting regularly or whining when swallowing. Once your dog has been diagnosed, start it on a low-fat, low-protein diet, which will be easier on its stomach. You should also space out your dog’s food into several smaller meals throughout the day, which will prevent it from over-eating and getting acid reflux.
This can be especially important for tall dogs. As they lower their heads down to the floor to eat, gravity works against them, encouraging food and stomach acid to reverse into the esophagus. You can get special feeding stands made for big dogs like Great Danes and other breeds, or if you’re handy, you can make your own.
Consequently, when both are exposed simultaneously to the positive intra abdominal pressure, the pressure within the segment of abdominal esophagus always exceeds the internal gastric pressure, which helps prevent GER (Pratschke et al., 2004). It has been documented that dogs regurgitate as a normal physiological event (Patrikios et al., 1986).
A hiatal hernia is often the culprit in cases of acid reflux in dogs, and is a structural defect characterized by the top of stomach protruding through the diaphragm where the esophagus alone is meant to go. This can weaken the ability of the esophagus to close and allow acid to invade the esophagus. Acid reflux is an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous condition caused by the contents of the stomach repeatedly entering the esophagus and returning to the stomach. This can cause erosion of the tissues in the esophagus in addition to increasing risk of esophageal ulcers. It can be difficult to observe this condition in dogs, as it is an internal sensation not easily visualized by behavior.
He also said I either need to boil chicken and rice and other people food for him. This means my grocery bill will be increasing a lot. I can’t afford to serve leo expensive meals when I’m trying to feed my family too. So the doctor recommended I at least add water to the dry kibble food to help lessen the acid reflux. Treating acid reflux can be as simple as changing your dog’s food, or as major as surgery.
It causes discomfort and can be dangerous, as the acidic contents of the digestive system can wear away at the lining of the esophagus, leading to ulcers. I’m on my 3rd golden retriever. Never heard of acid reflux in them but I give her 1tsp of apple cider vinegar (raw, organic-with the “mother”) morning and night in her dry food that has added canned food or chicken or scrambled eggs or sardines plus some greens from the garden, and some kefir or yogurt (probiotics great for digestive system), then add cold water (she isn’t picky) or bone broth to the mix. The vinegar seems to keep her flea free, good for skin, helps her ears, etc. Basically, your dog’s stomach acid-which breaks down and digest your pup’s food once it shows up in the stomach-is splashing up and burning your pup’s esophagus.
In that case, you should focus on low-fat, low protein dog food for acid reflux, which improves digestion. Dog’s stomach contains digestive enzymes and acid which breaks down the food. However, when acid repeatedly enters the esophagus, it can damage the tissue.