Acid Reflux In Dogs
Some dogs vomit, not because of simple indigestion but might actually be experiencing an acid reflux. Acid reflux is fairly common in dogs and can be easily treated.
- Also known as gastroesophageal reflux.
- The condition is characterized by the reverse flow of intestinal or gastric fluids through the esophagus.
- This condition is not voluntary and an uncontrolled process.
- Acid reflux is caused by a momentary relaxation of the sphincter between the stomach and the esophagus.
- Chronic vomiting is another cause of acid reflux.
- Younger dogs are more at risk of developing this condition.
- A possible complication is damage to the mucus lining of the esophagus causing esophagitis or inflammation of the esophagus.
Acid Reflux in Dogs Treatment
- Temporary treatment of antacids can help neutralize and reduce stomach acids, protecting the esophagus during an acid reflux but long term use of it is not advisable.
- Treatment with gastrointestinal pro-kinetic agents to help improve the motility of the stomach and intestines. It also helps strengthen the gastroesophageal sphincter.
How to Treat Acid Reflux in Dogs at Home
- Withhold food for one to two days to rest the stomach and the esophagus.
- Change the diet to a low-fat, low protein diet. Foods containing high in fat, weakens the gastroesophageal sphincter.
- Meals should be given frequently in small amounts. Consumption of large meals can cause a full and bloated stomach that enhances gastric reflux.
- Elevate the dog’s food bowl to prevent gravity from causing an acid reflux.