General information on Pyloric Stenosis
Pyloric stenosis is a condition in which there is partial or complete obstruction of the gastric outlet in the dogís stomach. The obstruction of the gastric outlet is caused by a thickening of the muscles of the gastric outlet through a series of constrictions or spasms. The exact cause of pyloric stenosis is unknown. The symptoms of pyloric stenosis typically begin when the dog, as a puppy, is weaned from their motherís milk to solid food. The main symptom of pyloric stenosis is vomiting within a few hours after eating. Small breed dogs are more likely to develop pyloric stenosis than larger breed dogs.
Symptoms of Pyloric Stenosis
Some of the symptoms of congenital pyloric stenosis may be vomiting within a few hours after eating, the vomit food appears to be undigested, ingested liquids typically are not vomited, and weight loss may develop.
Treatments for Pyloric Stenosis
The treatment for congenital pyloric stenosis is surgery. The gastric outlet is surgically divided between the stomach and the duodenum. In rare cases, the dog will recover without needing surgery. Carefully managing the affected dogís diet is essential.
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