Gastritis in Dogs
Gastroenteritis is defined as inflammation of the gastric mucosa. The word is derived from the Greek “gastro”- meaning “of the stomach” and -“-itis”, meaning “inflammation”.
Gastritis is a well known human disease that our dogs can also suffer from. Can be acute and chronic. The symptoms of gastritis usually last 1 to 2 day. Usually, the dogs show signs of this condition after eating plants or toxic food for them, which causes stomach and intestinal inflammation and the uncomfortable symptoms that come with it. The most common clinical signs associated with gastritis are acute vomiting and decreased appetite (anorexia). Other clinical signs may include dehydration, lethargy or depression, increased thirst, blood in the vomit or feces, and abdominal pain. The symptoms of gastritis usually last 1 to 2 day.
Any dog no matter what breed it is, or how old, can suffer from Gastritis.
When you see mention symptoms best to do is go to the Vet if you don’t have any experience or you don’t now dog, because there is disease call Parvovirus.
Parvovirus is a very serious disease that compromises the life of your dog, affecting their gastrointestinal system, red blood cell count and in more severe cases their heart. This virus causes vomiting and severe diarrhoea so that dehydration occurs rapidly endangering the life of the animal.For all these reasons it is imperative that if you suspect your dog has parvovirus, you take it to the vet immediately. No cures and home remedies that can help and only prompt medical attention can ensure their health.
Common gastritis does not put your dog life at risk, but it is important to take good care of them for a speedy recovery and to prevent them from getting severely dehydrated. Getting a Vet’s diagnosis is important, but if this is not the first time your dog has suffered from this condition, you’ll probably already know how to recognise it and what to do.
It is important that over the 2 following days, you avoid feeding your dog. This way you will be able to reduce their stomach and intestinal inflammation and make the symptoms disappear.
The principal treatment of gastroenteritis is re-hydration. Always keep water bowl full.
What food to give?
Once your dog has been more than 12 hours without vomiting it is time to reintroduce food to its body, but keep in mind that it should be in small quantities and that the foods are easily digestible, soft, low-fat and bland, ideally from only one easily-digestible carbohydrate and one low-protein source. The recommendable foods for a dog with gastritis are the following:
- Boiled and shredded chicken
- Brown Rice
- Turkey breasts
- Boiled potatoes
- Boiled ground beef (hamburger)
Various drugs are available to treat stomach ulcers and other inflammatory gastric conditions. These include corticosteroids, antibiotics, anti-emetics (to alleviate vomiting), gastric protectants (to coat the stomach lining and prevent acid production) and medications that increase gastric emptying and intestinal motility.
Above all avoid giving raw or dried foods to the dog as these are difficult to digest.
Once you or your vet has diagnosed your dog gastritis it is very important to understand the causes of this disease to prevent them from getting it again.