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Problems and worries about gastric acid in dogs

In addition to classics such as diarrhea and constipation, acid problems in dogs are also increasingly struggling towards "number 1" on the list of frequent digestive disorders.

Can you observe that your dog smacks his lips more often, does he vomit white foam more often or does he regularly eat grass like a cow? Then an "acid problem" is not entirely unlikely.

But before we look at the problem in more detail, let me briefly clarify a few things about the stomach:

The baggy stomach is with your dog between the spleen and liver on Height of the transition from the thoracic spine to the lumbar spine. He is well protected by the surrounding chest.

Food enters the stomach through the esophagus and the stomach entrance. For further digestion, the food is channeled through the stomach outlet into the duodenum. Two sphincters, the cardia at the stomach entrance and the gastric gatekeeper (pylorus) at the stomach exit, regulate when what moves from where to where.

Lined is the stomach with one protective mucous membrane. Below it are various, so-called Glandular zones. The glandular zones near the entrance and exit of the stomach mainly produce a mucusthat protects the stomach from self-digestion.

The glands in the "middle" of the stomach also produce this mucus Pepsinogen and hydrochloric acid.

Pepsinogen is a precursor of the enzyme pepsin, which can only be created through contact with hydrochloric acid or becomes the active form. This active form can then be proteins break it down into shorter amino acid chainswhat this for the later digestion and absorption into the body well prepared become.

Acid production from the solder - how does that happen?

At first glance, the tasks of the stomach are not super complicated and difficult to understand. Nevertheless, things really get going when the glands of the stomach go crazy and produce too little mucus or too much acid, for example.

A excessive production of Stomach acid has with the dog most often stress and feeding errors as the cause.

She also occurs as Accompanying note other diseases or acute infections.

Stress can many causes to have. Does your dog understand Training or everyday life Not what you want from him can be frustrating and stressful. Can your dog not good to stay alone, your absence is also causing him stress. Do you take a new dog out of the animal shelter on, this one won't be super relaxed and "cool" with everything from now on - the same applies to young dogs / puppies.

You feed a lot of meat or BARFIf your dog keeps showing symptoms of excessive gastric acid production, you should think about whether this is really the right feeding method for your dog.

Even if BARF size Mogens Eliasen with his quote

"If a dog cannot tolerate raw food, it is not because the food is not okay, but because the dog is not okay"

makes the hearts of die-hard BARF fans beat faster: you can't buy anything from it if your dog is constantly sick.

It also introduces some dogs carbohydrate content too high, e.g. when feeding dry food, cause such complaints.

On the other hand, do you feed Permanently strong acid-buffering animal feed, you can turn the tables with it and raise the pH of the stomach so much that digestion is restricted.

You notice: dogs are really very different and sometimes the best nutritional solutions for dogs are worlds apart.

How do I know if my dog's stomach is producing too much acid?

The symptoms vary depending on the severity of the symptoms and depending on the dog.

these can alone or as Symptom complex occur:

  • Vomiting (bloodless or bloody)
  • vomiting of bile in the morning
  • Eructation
  • sour mouth odor
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inflation
  • Weight loss
  • as a result of nausea: smacking your lips, restlessness, frequent swallowing of saliva
  • stomach pain
  • Grazing

If the sphincter muscle at the stomach entrance is also sloppy in its work, it also comes through the Gastric acid reflux into the esophagus too heartburn. This also causes at least one burning pain and can lead to additional inflammation of the esophagus.

"My friend, the stomach protector"

If your dog suffers from heartburn, gastritis or maybe even a stomach / duodenal ulcer, it is very likely that your vet will prescribe "stomach protection" for him.

In the same way, the administration of certain medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to combat pain, can also involve the risk of developing a stomach ulcer. Here, too, a "stomach protection" should be used.

Important in advance: "Stomach protection" is not the same as "stomach protection". As you will soon find out, the various preparations differ greatly in their mode of action and application.

Therefore, please always consult your vet before you begin to give "stomach protection" and only use medicines that your vet has expressly recommended for your own dog.

Not all human drugs are well tolerated by dogs ... not even if someone says or writes it in a forum or elsewhere on the Internet!

An antacid is a substance that already existing hydrochloric acid chemically neutralized in the stomach.

With us humans they are mainly used when we have heartburn - "Rennie® clears up the stomach" is such a classic among the anatazida. These substances include aluminum & magnesium hydroxide, magnesium silicate or magnesium & calcium carbonate.

So you are for that quick short-term use well suited. Long-term administration should be carefully considered and often has more disadvantages than advantages. It can e.g. lead to the so-called Rebound effect come, in which the stomach reports "too little / no acid" and the The body begins to produce even more acid.

In addition, not only does it prevent proper digestion and absorption of proteins, antacids are capable of those too To bind the active ingredients of other medicinal products and lead to a reduced or even completely absent effect in these.

Histamine H2 receptor blockers

Wow, that sounds complicated! But is it just a little ...

Dogs have so-called histamine H2 receptors, especially in the stomach.

Receptors can you imagine like little buttonswaiting to be pushed. If the "histamine H2 receptor button" is "pressed" by the docking of histamine, the will settle in the stomach Release of gastric acid and pepsinogen moving.

A Prevents receptor blockers, that the "Receptor button" pressed can be. This also prevents the formation of stomach acid.

This group of drugs includes, for example, cimetidine, ranitidine and famotidine.

Even with ranitidine & Co. it can be especially true for one Long-term use to Digestive problems due to insufficiently pre-digested proteins.

Also this group of drugs does not work directly in the stomach, but like the receptor blocker via detours.

The action of proton pump inhibitors lasts particularly long (some up to 3 days) and also effectively prevents the Blocking a specific enzyme (H + / K + -ATPase), acid production in the stomach.

Omeprazole is such a proton pump inhibitor that is often recommended and used in dogs because of its long duration of action. With long-term use, side effects similar to those of the receptor blockers are to be expected.

Of course, there are also a number of natural foods that can buffer excess gastric acid if they are fed in appropriate quantities.

They include e.g.

  • Eggshell powder,
  • Potatoes,
  • Baking powder or baking soda,
  • Cereals and
  • Vegetables.

These foods are particularly suitable for acute illnesses Supplement to therapy.

In summary, one could say that all of the "stomach protectors" have a number of good properties and their use, especially in acute illnesses, is not only sensible, but in some cases is also urgently necessary.

However, especially in long-term use, problems arise again and again, such as insufficient digestion of feed and increased production of stomach acid, e.g. with antacids, in addition to the usual possible side effects.

Nevertheless, you do not have to be afraid if your vet prescribes "stomach protection" for your dog! Instead of frightening yourself, it is much more important to me that you Handle veterinary medicinal products responsibly!

Omeprazole & Co. are just not drops that you can mix into the feed when you feel like it. These are drugs, the use of which must be weighed up sensibly.

Therefore I repeat myself again at this point: Please always discuss the administration of "stomach protection" medication with your veterinarian!

In the stupidest case, the following may happen to your dog:

The production of too little stomach acid can also cause a rat tail of problems.

Not just that Symptoms of "acidosis" (so-called hypo- / anacidity) which one Overacidification of the stomach confusingly similar are. In this case too, digestion is severely disturbed.

Through the insufficient pre-digestion of proteins (You remember? Pepsinogen needs hydrochloric acid to become active pepsin), these cannot be broken down sufficiently for the body to absorb them and use them for itself.

In addition, the only partially digested proteins reach the large intestine, where they get the Bacterial flora to be able to mess things up. In this way, the rest of the digestion can go to its knees over a longer period of time and nutrients can no longer be adequately absorbed.

As root cause can include a Long-term use of gastric protection drugs come into question, but also at this point a wrongly put together feed Be the trigger.

Since the symptoms of over and under acidification of the stomach are so similar, it is difficult to tell the difference between the two at first glance. A gastroscopy (so-called gastroscopy) including tissue samples can provide clues as to the activity of the gastric glands. A too low B12 level in the blood can also be another indication.

Too much or too little stomach acid - Here's what you can do:

If too much stomach acid is an uninterrupted issue for your dog and you have not yet had the cause of it clarified, it is now the ultimate railroad: off to the vet!

In addition to relatively harmless reasons such as infections, this can also be Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome be responsible for an excessive production of gastric acid and the development of gastric and duodenal ulcers. The cause of this syndrome is a tumor that sits on the pancreas or, more rarely, on the duodenum and causes the glands in the stomach to go crazy.

If diseases are excluded, check the Your dog's everyday life on possible sources of stress. Can your dog, for example, take his food in peace, does he have an area in which he feels safe and in which he can withdraw undisturbed?

If the framework program fits, a suitable feed can help in most cases.

To do this, check your current feeding:

How much meat does the feed contain? How much fat? How Much Carbohydrates?

Some dogs come with that high meat content not right when BARFing. Here it would be a possibility to lower this and observe how the dog reacts to it.

fat takes the longest to be digested and thus reduces gastric emptying. Feeding low-fat feed can also contribute to lower acid production.

Acid buffering foods like certain vegetables and special mucilages can also buffer the stomach acid and soothe the irritated stomach lining.

Should the permanent use of acid inhibitors be necessary, please discuss this with your veterinarian first possible alternativesif your dog cannot tolerate them.

There one insufficient acid production in practice, however, much more often due to the haphazard (i.e. not discussed with the veterinarian) use of medication for Stomach protection or strongly buffering feed If this happens, the medication should be taken first sneaked out become. In addition, your dog should be on a less acid-buffering diet be changed.

Specific, vegetable bitter substances can do the Additionally tonify the stomach and get the box going again by using the Gently stimulate gastric acid production.

With a appropriate feeding Acid-related problems usually go away within ~ 14 days.

Acid-related stomach problems lower the quality of life Your dog's considerably.

In addition to symptoms such as vomiting and stomach pain, the associated nausea and heartburn are the main causes bad mood or listlessness when exercising or on walks.

As part of the food plan package for sick dogs, I recognize weak points in the previous feeding of your dog and create a specially tailored feeding concept so that you can quickly say goodbye to daily acid problems.

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