Acid Reflux In Dogs
Acid reflux is a condition where gastric fluids pass up from the stomach into the esophagus. Unfortunately, this can cause damage to the esophagus by eroding protective mucus lining. There are various symptoms you can look out for, as well as many ways to treat the condition.
Unfortunately, our dogs aren’t able to speak in human languages to let us know what the problem is, so we have to try and spot the clues they give us in their behavior. You should be alert and on the look out for signs such as:
- Whining whilst swallowing food
- Regurgitating food
- Lowered appetite
- Weight loss
If you notice these symptoms, it’s possible that your pet is suffering from acid reflux. You should seek veterinary attention for your dog for a professional diagnosis and advice on which course of action to take.
The cause of acid reflux is thought to be due to the base of the esophagus relaxing or the inability to properly push food into the stomach. Puppies, dogs with a hiatal hernia or chronic vomiting may be at heightened risk of developing acid reflux.
Typically your dog will undergo an esophagoscopy, which is where the vet will insert a camera into the esophagus of your pet so that he or she can determine whether there is damage to the mucus lining.
There are several medications may be effective in treating dogs suffering from acid reflux, such as:
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