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Understanding and treating stomach acidity in dogs

This is how you should react in the first instance as a first aid measure.

A dog suffers from stomach acidity when an excessive amount of stomach acid is produced. This hyperacidity can be uncomfortable for the dog and can even cause pain. This article explains how stomach acid develops in dogs, what symptoms occur and what can be done about it.

Causes of stomach acid in dogs

There are various factors that can cause stomach acid in dogs:

  1. Incorrect feeding: Dogs only produce stomach acid when eating or in anticipation of food. Therefore, a change in feeding routine or irregular feeding times can lead to acidosis.
  2. Stress-related reactions: Stress can lead to increased stomach acid production in dogs, which can result in stomach acidosis.
  3. Side effects of medication: Certain medications, especially painkillers, can affect stomach acid production and lead to acidosis.
  4. Dietary theories such as barfing: Although there are no clear studies, it is sometimes thought that feeding raw food (barfing) can lead to increased stomach acid production.
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Symptoms of stomach acidity

A dog with stomach acidity can show various symptoms, including

  • Gagging and coughing
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain

These symptoms are indicators that the dog is suffering from an overproduction of stomach acid and need attention.

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Treatment and prevention

  1. Change feeding practices: Regular and predictable feeding times help to prevent stomach problems.
  2. Stress management: Measures to reduce stress can normalize stomach acid production.
  3. Adjusting medication: If necessary, the vet can adjust medication or prescribe stomach protectors.
  4. Dietary changes: An adjustment to the diet, possibly under veterinary supervision, may be necessary, especially if negative effects of the current feeding method are suspected.

First aid for stomach acidity

Various home remedies and dietary adjustments can play an important role in the treatment of stomach acidity in dogs. These measures aim to protect the stomach lining and reduce the overproduction of stomach acid.

Use of elm bark

Elm bark is a natural remedy that has been used in herbal medicine for centuries. It contains mucilage, which swells in the stomach and forms a protective layer. This helps to soothe the stomach lining and bind stomach acid, which reduces irritation. Slippery elm bark can be given as a powder or in capsules and should be given one hour before or after feeding for optimum effect.

Adapted diet

An easily digestible diet is recommended for dogs with stomach acidity. Foods such as cottage cheese and boiled potatoes are gentle on the stomach and easy to digest. These foods are low in fat and do not place a great burden on the stomach. In addition, care should be taken to ensure that the food is given in small, frequent portions so as not to overload the stomach.

Herbal teas to calm the stomach

Herbal teas made from fennel, aniseed and caraway are known for their stomach-soothing properties. These herbs can help reduce gas and aid digestion. A tea made from these herbs can be cooled and added to the dog's drinking water, or poured over the food for a soothing effect. In addition to these herbs, ginger, chamomile and lovage can also be used as they have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.

These measures can help to alleviate the symptoms of stomach acidity, but should only be considered as an adjunct to any treatment recommended by your vet. If symptoms persist or are severe, specialist veterinary care is always required.

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When is a visit to the vet necessary for a dog's stomach acidity?

It is crucial to recognize when home remedies and dietary changes alone are not enough and when professional veterinary help is needed. A visit to the vet is strongly recommended in the following cases:

  1. Persistent or worsening symptoms: If the symptoms of stomach acidity persist or worsen despite the use of home remedies and dietary changes, this indicates that the dog's condition needs closer examination.

  2. Vomiting and signs of pain: Vomiting can be a sign that stomach acidity has already led to irritation or inflammation of the stomach. Signs of pain, such as restlessness, whimpering or a swollen abdominal region, should also be taken seriously.

  3. Suspicion of complications: If symptoms such as weight loss, blood in the vomit or stool, or signs of dehydration occur, this could indicate more serious complications that require immediate veterinary attention.

  4. Concomitant health problems: Dogs with pre-existing health conditions or those on regular medication may be more prone to complications and require closer monitoring.

  5. Unclear diagnosis: If the cause of the symptoms is unclear, a professional diagnosis may be required to rule out other possible conditions.

  6. No improvement after dietary changes: If there is no improvement despite a modified diet, this may indicate that more specific treatment or dietary changes are required.

  7. Need for specific medication: In some cases, the veterinarian may prescribe medication to reduce stomach acid production or protect the stomach lining.

A veterinarian can perform a comprehensive examination, including blood tests and imaging techniques, to accurately determine the cause of the stomach acidity and plan appropriate treatment. It is always better to be safe than sorry and seek professional advice, especially if the dog's condition does not improve or gets worse.

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