A dog can have heartburn or acid reflux just like a human. Here are some important questions and answers that would cover all you need to know about acid reflux in dogs.
What is acid reflux?
Acid reflux is the uncontrolled reverse flow of gastric or intestinal fluid. This fluid travels in the esophagus which connects the stomach to the throat. Acid reflux can occur to all dogs of all breeds and ages, however it comes more to small dogs.
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Symptoms of acid reflux
- Loss of appetite
- Whining while swallowing
- Becomes very inactive after meals
Causes of acid flux
- Can be caused by sedation (administration of anesthatic during sugery)
- Damaged muscle in the lower part of the esophagus
- Hernia (hiatal)
- Long term chronic vomiting
A procedure call esophagoscopy is best used to confirm the case, where a small camera is used inside the throat of a dog to view the lining of the esophagus, looking for changes in the mucosal membrane or active bleeding.
How to treat it
A dog is advised not to eat for a day or two, and after that eat a low fat and protein diet, given in small portions along the day.
Medications are an additional option. Some vets will prescribe antacids, or drugs known as gastrointestinal pro-kinetic agents to improve the movement of stomach contents. Regardless of any medications, a change in diet is advisable.
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Veterinarian at Island Vet Clinic