How Do I Know If My Canine Friend Is Regurgitating?

Regurgitation is caused by complications in the esophagus, a pipe that leads from the mouth to the stomach. A dog that is regurgitating is only going to burp up the food. There is no active movement of the abdominal muscles when pressing the stomach.

Since the food or other substance does not make it to the stomach, it is not digested; the food would look as it did when it was consumed. Often there can be water in the substance that is regurgitated if the problem is a megesophagus. The esophagus, in this disease is not a straight tube, but becomes soft and dilates. Things that are swallowed can only stay in this dilated area, not enter the stomach, and be regurgitated later. There will also be fluid in food that is regurgitated.

Esophageal disorders include ulcers, inflammation, foreign bodies trapped within the esophagus, tumors, and megesophagus. That's why it's important to know if the material on the floor is caused by vomiting or regurgitation.

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Diagnosing Regurgitation in Dogs

Your veterinarian will decide if vomiting alone has caused regurgitation-related symptoms. If the disease has been prolonged, the region of the throat may be examined to assess the extent of long-term injury. X-rays or other types of diagnostic imaging can also be used for internal damage examination.

Treatment Of Regurgitation In Dogs

Treatment of the regurgitating dog can be either supportive or precise, where it may be determined when a known underlying cause is found. Supportive regurgitation therapy in dogs can consist of the following:

  • Dietary adjustment
  • Gastrointestinal motility (movement) improving medications
  • Acid blockers and esophageal / gastric coating agents in cases of suspected or associated esophagitis
  • Hospitalizing and restoring fluid and electrolyte equilibrium and nutritional support in critically ill dogs
  • Antibiotic treatment in cases of pneumonia

If your dog has no tumors or rabies, the prognosis is great. Depending on your treatment, your pet will probably be back to normal in a couple of days. However, with cancer, the prognosis is fair to preserved, and rabies is almost always fatal.

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