General information on Gastroesophageal Reflux
Gastroesophageal reflux is a condition in which the stomach acids build up into the esophagus, causing a burn (also known as heart burn) of the stomach lining. There are several causes of gastroesophageal reflux. Some of the causes are hiatal hernia, chronic vomiting, general anesthesia, and due to the use of a stomach tube. The excess stomach acids in a dog affected by gastroesophageal reflux can cause damage to the stomach lining, which can then cause esophagitis, then inflammation of the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux is common in dogs and can occur at any age in any breed or sex. However, younger dogs are more commonly affected by gastroesophageal reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux may be difficult to diagnose in a general physical examine.
Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux
Some of the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux may be: the inflammation of the esophagus, vomiting, regurgitation, pain, drooling, weight loss, loss of appetite, and, in severe cases, fever.
Treatments for Gastroesophageal Reflux
The treatment for gastroesophageal reflux is to first with hold food for one or two days, then a highly regulated food regimen is implemented consisting of small frequent meals that are low fat and low protein. In more severe cases, medication may be prescribed by a veterinarian.
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