Most treatment is done at home, by withholding food for one to two days, and thereafter following a dietary regimen of low-fat, low-protein meals given in small, frequent feedings. Dietary fat and protein should be limited, as fat decreases the strength of the muscle between the stomach and esophagus, while protein stimulates the secretion of gastric acid.
Medications are an additional option. Drugs known as gastrointestinal pro-kinetic agents improve the movement of stomach contents through the intestines and also strengthens the gastroesophageal sphincter. Regardless of any medications, a change in diet is advisable.
Living and Management
After initial treatment and alteration of diet, it is advisable to continue monitoring for gastroesophageal reflux. Watch for signs of discomfort. A continued low-fat, low-protein diet will prevent future incidences, and high-fat foods should be avoided, as they may worsen gastroesophageal reflux.
If the dog does not respond to initial medical treatments, a follow-up esophagoscopy may be advised.
High-fat foods can worsen acid reflux. The best prevention is a healthy diet that is low in fatty foods.
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
A type of enzyme that aids in digestion; it is secreted in the stomach with the help of glands
A ring-shaped muscle that is used to close and open an opening
The term for an esophagus that is enlarged abnormally
The return of food into the oral cavity after it has been swallowed
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
The fluid created by the liver that helps food in the stomach to be digested.
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
Anything having to do with the stomach
Any substance known to eliminate feeling; usually applied during a painful medical procedure.
The condition of having a part of a body part protruding through the tissue that would normally cover it