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Canine Gastritis

Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining. It is a common condition.

CAUSES:

Gastritis can be or chronic or acute. Both can be caused by the following:

Many times, acute gastritis is brought on by:

Chronic gastritistends to be caused by a long-term exposure to:

Chronic gastritis means your dog has been vomiting for longer than 2 weeks. Acute gastritis usually lasts for less than 24 hours. The main causes are from dietary indiscretions: eating spoiled or raw food, eating non-food like garbage or cat litter, eating too much food, exposure to mold, etc. Most dogs will recover quickly.

SIGNS:

The main symptom is constant vomiting.

Othersigns can include:

DIAGNOSIS:

In acute cases, your veterinarian will perform blood and urine tests to determine the cause of inflammation

In chronic cases, your veterinarian may perform additional tests, including:

TREATMENT:

Acute cases can usually be resolved without medication. Your veterinarian will most likely recommend the following:

Chronic gastritis will be treated based on the cause of inflammation. If your dog is unstable, hospitalization may be necessary for IV fluids and anti-vomiting medications.

If your dog is in stable condition, your veterinarian will decide on treatment and medication depending on what is causing the gastritis.They may prescribe stomach protectants, anti-vomiting medications, or antacids to help ease your dog's discomfort.

PREVENTION:

The best preventative measure against gastritis is toavoid any medication or substance that may cause the condition.

PROGNOSIS:

The prognosis is very good for acute gastritis. The prognosis for chronic gastritis depends on the cause.

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