Acid Reflux

Acid reflux in dogs is common and can happen at any age, though younger dogs tend to be more at risk because their esophageal sphincters are still developing. The condition may result from a damaged or weakened lower esophageal sphincter. This can happen more often after a large meal or a meal that is high in fat. Improper emptying of the stomach and obesity are also causes of canine acid reflux. Dogs may develop the acid reflux as a result of surgery. When anesthetic is administered, it can cause the esophageal sphincter to relax, which leaves an opening between the stomach and the esophagus. If a dog isn’t positioned properly during anesthesia or if a dog hasn’t fasted before receiving anesthesia, it can result in acid reflux.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting bile 
  • Lip Licking
  • Bad breath
  • Wheezing or harsh coughing
  • Gulping or loud swallowing Burping, gurgling, gagging, or weak vomiting after meals
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or bloating
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Inactivity or lethargy after meals 

Common Causes: 

Acid reflux in dogs is common and can happen at any age, though younger dogs tend to be more at risk because their esophageal sphincters are still developing. The condition may result from a damaged or weakened lower esophageal sphincter. This can happen more often after a large meal or a meal that is high in fat. Improper emptying of the stomach and obesity are also causes of canine acid reflux. Dogs may develop the acid reflux as a result of surgery. When anesthetic is administered, it can cause the esophageal sphincter to relax, which leaves an opening between the stomach and the esophagus. If a dog isn’t positioned properly during anesthesia or if a dog hasn’t fasted before receiving anesthesia, it can result in acid reflux.

Natural Remedies:

Incorporating Digestive Enzymes, as found in abundance in Green Tripe can be beneficial to your pooch. Raw green tripe contains not only digestive enzymes but in most cases, some pre-digested green matter as well. This combination of enzymes and nutrients provide pets with a nutritional powerhouse. 

Slippery Elm Bark Powder helps digestive ailments by reducing inflammation and lubricating the digestive tract with the help of mucilage, or oily secretions that make up slippery elm.

Chamomile helps treat digestive reflux and is recommended for Acid Reflux.

Using a slow feeder is also beneficial as it has been proven that pets who eat too quickly are prone to acid reflux.

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