How To Treat Gastritis in Dogs
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Gastritis in Dogs
One of the most common reasons why dogs go to the vet when they are sick is due to vomiting and/or diarrhea. Both are considered non-specific signs of a variety of diseases and pathological processes. One of these diseases is a condition called gastritis.
What is gastritis in dogs?
A literally significant inflammation of the stomach, gastritis can be an acute episode of abdominal pain in your dog. It can also be associated with more chronic conditions. It can be caused by outside influences like food and toxins, but it can also be caused by metabolic disorders, intestinal parasites, and even cancer.
What are the symptoms of gastritis in dogs?
Since your dog's stomach is part of the upper gastrointestinal tract, the main symptom of gastritis is vomiting. Other symptoms can include loss of appetite and lethargy. Sometimes multiple bouts of vomiting can irritate your dog's esophagus.
When this happens, you may start to see blood in your dog's vomit. Of course, vomiting blood can be a symptom of something more serious, so always see your vet if you notice this symptom. If the gastritis is severe or chronic enough, your dog may also have blood in his stool.
They may also have abdominal pain and stand in a way that protects the abdomen and slightly bends the back.
What are the causes of gastritis in dogs?
Acute gastritis is a common problem in dogs. Most of these episodes are caused by cravings, which just means your dog ate something that he disagreed with.
These can include rotten dog food, raw food (intended for your dog or for consumption) contaminated with bacteria, fatty foods, and even non-foods like bedding or bedding.
Other causes of gastritis can also be due to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, fungi, liver disease, fungal infections, mast cell tumors associated with the dog's gastrointestinal tract, and pancreatitis.
If your dog suffers from chronic or intermittent vomiting and lasts for up to two weeks or longer, he may have a more chronic form of gastritis.
How is gastritis diagnosed in dogs?
When you take your dog to the vet for non-chronic vomiting in less than two weeks, you start with a few basic diagnoses, like blood and stool tests. The stool test tells the vet if your dog has an intestinal parasite outside.
The blood test gives the vet an assessment of organ function, warns if the dog is dehydrated due to vomiting or if there are electrolyte imbalances due to vomiting. If your dog's stomach hurts on contact, the vet may also take an X-ray of the stomach and examine your dog for pancreatitis.
An X-ray of the abdomen helps the vet to see if there is an abnormal gas pattern in your dog's intestinal tract or if there is a foreign body. If your dog's gastritis is more chronic, your vet may perform more specialized tests.
How is gastritis treated in dogs?
Many cases of acute gastritis are considered self-limiting and can be improved without effective veterinary help. If your dog starts vomiting, stop eating immediately for 24 hours, but give him access to small amounts of water.
If your dog still vomits with just water, see a vet immediately. If your dog doesn't vomit after 24 hours, try feeding him a light diet, such as chicken or turkey with white rice or white potatoes. Give them small, frequent meals instead of one or two meals a day.
Gradually mix your dog's normal food after a few days of boring dieting until he is back on the leading foot. If your dog shows symptoms again, see a vet.
Veterinary care involves fluid therapy to replace your dog's lost fluids due to vomiting. This can be administered subcutaneously, or if your dog's case is more severe, it can be administered intravenously.
Your vet will also prescribe medications for your dog to prevent nausea, gastrointestinal protection, and medications to help relieve sores.
Treatments for chronic gastritis depend on the cause of your dog's chronic symptoms. Also, the prognosis for acute gastritis is good, but the prognosis for chronic gastritis depends on the underlying cause. If you are concerned about your dog's vomiting, talk to your vet about the risk of gastritis.
Acute Gastritis In Dogs
source: Veterinary Channel
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