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« on: March 14, 2008, 06:37:13 AM »

Hello,
Is it possible for dogs to get acid reflux?  About a month ago, one of my dogs, Shiloh, started burping a lot followed by a hard swallow like he'd burped up acid (I know this feeling since both my wife and I have GERD).  No vomitting, no difficulty swallowing, no other health problems at all just this burping throughout the day/evening.  Meals do not seem to affect amount of burping one way or another.  I started giving him a dose of Pepcid once a day according to vet.

Last night, Shiloh ate dinner, played hard chasing toys for about half an hour, then laid down on his side and went to sleep.  He woke up in about 20 minutes, stood up and made what sounded like a human burp, then choked/gagged, made like he was going to throw up, but didn't, and then was absolutely fine for the rest of the evening.  I'm pretty sure all of this is related to same thing, and my vet does say that dogs can get gassy reflux and to use Tums if Pepcid not working.

Has anyone else had a dog that burps or had acid reflux?  Any advice?

Thanks!

CDD
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2008, 06:52:11 AM »

CDD,

I do not have dogs but 2 cats, but I have read of others hear having dogs with Acid Reflux as well as my cats suffering from it.  you may want to check with your vet on this but they usually suggest PEPCID AC regular strength.  Dosage vary for my cats it was 1/4 to 1/2 tablet for 5 to 7 days as needed.  They started having these issues during their recovery from being exposed to bad food, it has totally gone away in my smallest cat but seems to still happen to my larger cat sometimes.

In Hind site now however not sure if the reflux was a recovery issue from the bad food or a new issue caused by the new food I had chosen at the time that contained Carrageenan, which in studies shows it my casue stomach upset in some pets.  Hope this helped, I am sure other posters will tell you their stories soon.
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2008, 07:04:27 AM »

CDD- My lab mix Trooper has suffered from this.The local feed store owner figured out what it was & suggested a horse product for it. Its a tums type powder & the vet figured out the dosage for me.Its called UGard & you can sprinkle it on the food. It did help & I still use it occasionally for stomach upsets,but since going to homemade & stopping kibble it hasn't really acted up.It works faster than the pepcid but doesn't last as long.More like tums.
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2008, 08:16:19 AM »

CDD

First Welcome

Yes they can have acid reflux.

Couple of things I noticed. Dog eats and then plays, this is probably not a good idea, they should rest after eating, playing should be done before eating or a few hours after, especially with this type of condition. You didn't mention the breed, some are prone to bloat (torsion) if playing after eating occurs, another thing to think about. The dog could have some torsion issues.

What are you feeding, is it high in fat?

You might want to think about a bland diet for a few days until this subsides, that would be boiled whtie rice and boiled chicken, fat removed. See if that stops the acid reflux, and if it does I would think about changing foods to something with less fat, however you don't want lots of grain in it either, that is hard for them to digest, corn, wheat etc.

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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008, 08:35:16 AM »

My dog has had acid reflux off and on over the last couple of years, most likely due to his age and he as acid reflux disease. I treated him with Pepcid AC and after a month of this he doesn't seem to have an issue any more....Im the same way - it comes and goes.

He does eat a food with a high quality corn meal in it but that did not cause nor does it aggrevate his condition. Corn does have different grades assigned to them...so a cheaper corn grade would not have the same benefit as a higher grade of corn once ground into a meal. As well, a cheaper grade of corn may also show signs of stomach upset when the higher grades do not. Again - it depends on the quality of the ingredients (and the ingredients as a whole) used as well as any underlying condition.

To treat acid reflux in dogs - pepcid AC is what my vet recommended....ask your vet to confirm if this is okay for yours to take.

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Robert

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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008, 11:12:21 AM »

CDD

First Welcome

Yes they can have acid reflux.

Couple of things I noticed. Dog eats and then plays, this is probably not a good idea, they should rest after eating, playing should be done before eating or a few hours after, especially with this type of condition. You didn't mention the breed, some are prone to bloat (torsion) if playing after eating occurs, another thing to think about. The dog could have some torsion issues.

What are you feeding, is it high in fat?

You might want to think about a bland diet for a few days until this subsides, that would be boiled whtie rice and boiled chicken, fat removed. See if that stops the acid reflux, and if it does I would think about changing foods to something with less fat, however you don't want lots of grain in it either, that is hard for them to digest, corn, wheat etc.

db

Shiloh is a mixed breed....I'm pretty sure he's a Schnoodle based on a number of factors. 

As for what he's eating, he's on a diet of Canidae Platinum Dry Formula (he's only 7, but I have him on the Platinum because he and my other dog are overweight couch potatoes during the winter) and has been on this food for two years.

I like the chicken/rice idea, I'm going to give that a shot, and plus Shiloh will love it!
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2008, 11:16:19 AM »

Dingbat - if they are overweight - should they eat the whole grain or the white rice? I've given mine the whole grain mixed with their food before and they did well on it and didn't seem to add weight but CDD said her dogs are overweight.

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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008, 11:54:42 AM »

Dingbat - if they are overweight - should they eat the whole grain or the white rice? I've given mine the whole grain mixed with their food before and they did well on it and didn't seem to add weight but CDD said her dogs are overweight.

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Robert

Robert

The bland diet is only for a few days to get the body back to normality. I wouldn't suggest it long term, too expensive and would make them fat.

CDD
Try the diet for about a week to settle their stomach and then try to find a food that doesn't cause this problem

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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2008, 12:52:27 PM »

CDD

Have you spoken with your vet? have any blood tests been done? only reason I ask is sometimes pets who have intestinal or renal problems will also have inflammed gut/acid reflux or perhaps there is another reason causing the problem.

Good advice given: dogs should not be heavily exercised one hour before meals and should not be heavily exercised for two hours after meals. It is good that he burped the gas out; if dogs can't rid themselves of gas, torsion can follow.
Also some foods can cause pets to produce more gas.

I had an Irish Setter bloat years ago - she had a stomach problem was not due to exercise. A male golden with "acid reflux" he had IBD and my present dog had problems due to the pet food recall.

Robert; what I have learned since the pet food recall.... white rice is good in a bland diet and included in home prepared diets for renal dogs. Easily digested and contains some minerals and carbs. Brown Rice has more nutritional value than white rice. If using rice in a dogs diet; it needs to be made really soft (3 parts water to 1 part rice) almost squishy. If the rice comes out like it did going in than it hasn't been broken down in the digestive system. I don't think white vs brown would cause a weight gain unless the pet was getting excessive carbs and fat.  For instance: my dog who is eating home cooked gets a mix of white rice,brown rice, oatmeal and barley added to a protein and veg. for fiber. Her diet is 40-40-25. She is holding her weight but gets a lot of exercise (3 mile fast walk a day - she's 12 yrs old). It is the amount of food fed(calories) vs exercise that causes weight gain. This is what I have learned from two animal nutritionists (one from Tufts and one from Auburn). My dogs 40-40-25 was established specifically for her needs based upon her metabolism - so would not necessarily be good for all dogs. If you get a chance there are several groups on Yahoo who discuss feeding pets (commercial and home cooked) K9 nutrition, K9 kitchen and K9 kidney. Interesting to lurk there, but take what you read with a "grain of salt" - what I have learned "there is no black or white answers" lots of grey area.

Katie

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