Showing posts with label dog acid stomach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dog acid stomach. Show all posts
Friday, March 29, 2024

Stress Can Be A Cause Of Acid Stomach In Pets

nervous sad husky
Roo The Anxious Husky Before We Adopted Him

Published: 3/29/2024

Pictured above is our sad and nervous rescued husky Roo before we adopted him.  He was found tied to a gate in South Central LA emaciated at 39 pounds.  Rescuers did manage to put weight on him but he was so scared he didn't want to eat very much.  When we adopted Roo, we immediately noticed that he didn't want to eat anything until the end of the day.  He was very thin and coughed repeatedly when he drank water.  During the day, we offered him all kinds of homemade meals but he would barely touch it.  Then when evening came around, he would eat more enthusiastically.

What we learned was that Roo suffered from terrible acid stomach.  There are a lot of causes of acid stomach such as food intolerances, poor diet and bowel disorders, but in Roo's case we believe his was greatly triggered by stress.  He was such a nervous dog and it was clear he had been abused by someone who used food to lure him and then punished him.  It's also possible that Roo had digestive problems as a puppy and that the owner had no tolerance for them which made his regurgitation and acid stomach even worse.  What Roo needed was a calm environment where he could eat and feel safe.  

One of the hallmark signs of acid reflux in dogs is when the dog doesn't want to eat in the morning.  Many pet owners may simply think that they will let the dog eat when he wants to. The problem with that is the longer the absence of food, the more acid reflux pain builds up and the more irritation occurs in the stomach and esophageal lining.  The coughing Roo experienced when drinking water was due to esophageal irritation from acid build up. We found that by encouraging him to eat something....anything, his coughing and williingness to eat a little bit throughout the day improved greatly.  Today, Roo does eat breakfast, but not as enthusiastically as he eats later in the day.  Foods that he would nibble on in the morning: raw goat milk, homemade salmon or chicken, raw freeze dried treats.  

Just as when we get nervous, we may experience discomfort in our stomach, so can pets. Working with your veterinarian to identify and treat acid stomach symptoms like gagging, regurgitation, excessive grass eating and vomiting bile.  Keep in mind though, that pets prone to acid reflux can have their symptoms exacerbated by stress, for example going to the vet or in the car.  Feeding them a small meal and using digestive support supplements can greatly relieve their discomfort.  

Author:  Susan Blake Davis, Pet Nutritionist
Date:  3/29/2024
Originally Published 6/24/2021

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Supplements Help Adorable Dog With Acid Stomach

Odis was adopted at 2 years old. His mom, Tiffany, noticed he was having digestive problems. Here's what she had to say: "This is Odis. We adopted him when he was two and shortly after discovered he had some digestive issues.  At one point the vet had put him on famotidine and didn't really have a plan on when to take him off. He was still struggling with acid reflux flare-ups. I had read a review someone had left on a website about Ask Ariel as their dog was having the same symptoms. I contacted customer service and they were so helpful with suggestions on what to do. The nutritionist recommended a diet change and supplements (Power Probiotic, Gastro ULC, K9 Digestive Enzymes) and it has changed our world. He loves eating his food now and doesn't mind having the supplements mixed in his food. He's so much calmer and hasn't had to take any famotidine in a month since we started! So grateful for the care that was shown to both my dog and myself!" Tiffany- PA.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Supplements help Husky Juneau!


"Just wanted to let you know that since I put my husky, Juneau, on your supplements, his tummy has improved dramatically. There hasn't been one episode of issues ever since, and also, he is far less itchy than he was when we first brought him home. We are so happy to see him happy. And thank you also for they toy that came with our most recent order. Through some miracle, it is still in one piece. I would also like to add that not only have his tummy troubles made a complete turnaround... he is blowing his winter coat and his new one is incredibly soft and silky. A happier, even more exuberant personality is also shining through which I attribute to his overall better health."
Products used: Amazing Omegas, Power Probiotic
MC Segarra-Branes New York , May 2013