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In November 2015, my vet finally did a scope of Brewster’s stomach. A histopathology was done and as a result of that, he was put on 2 antibiotics for 2 weeks: Metronidazole (500 mg.)1 tablet twice a day and Amoxicillin (500 mg.) 1 tablet twice a day. Both these antibiotics were give during the same 2 week period.
That course of meds seems to have taken care of the problem. There has been no more regurgitation. He eats a DFA recommended kibble and is getting along fine. Hope this helps. (My son has a Goldendoodle – sweet dog!)
Thanks for the info and link! It would be helpful to me if you or anyone else could tell me what percentages of protein, fat, etc., that I should be looking for with a diagnosis of “gastritis” which is pretty vague. Am I really dealing with a mild pancreatitis? The vet really seems to think his weight is the problem and thinks he’ll do much better when he loses 15 lbs. (I can agree to the 15 lbs but this dog is nowhere close to being fat.) She has recommended a GI diet (Royal Canin low fat GI) but I’d like to find a better low fat GI than RC. Will check out Dogpancreatitis. Thanks again.
Don’t know if I’m in the right forum here ’cause my 5 yr old Golden has not been diagnosed with pancreatitis.
The diagnosis is a vague “gastritis.” He has always had occasional bouts of regurgitating a clear slimy liquid sometimes including a little undigested kibble if he had just eaten. Eventually, I switched to a grain free kibble and there was a significantly less regurgitation for about a year. In December, he had an episode of extreme lethargy, listlessness, wasn’t inerested in food or anything else. The vet examined him but couldn’t find anything. The bloodwork came back normal for everything tested. The vet gave us famotidine, an antacid. In 24 hrs he was back to normal. Last week, he had a 2nd episode of the lethargy but this time he did want to eat. His stools were normal. The episode lasted 2 days. Again, the antacid improved things but he is still doing a little burping from time to time.
The vet wants to put him on the Royal Canin low fat GI. He needs to lose 15 lbs. Right now he eats Blue Wilderness Natural Evolutionary Diet – chicken recipe. He gets approx. 3.5 cups a day divided into 4 small meals.
The RC low fat GI gets such a low rating. I need a highly rated low fat diet that is good for dogs with gastritis.
Appreciate any advice.
Thanks for the response, Patty, and suggestion for NutriSource. I have given probiotics in the past and should give that a try again. I’ll ask about enzymes. He has good energy and doesn’t appear to feel sick.
Paula, your questions are very much on point. Can’t remember when I think this started but it’s certainly been going on a while. Yes, it often happens after he drinks water but not always. He almost never regurgitates any food. This problem usually occurs during the day. I had never heard of Mega Esophagus but will be calling my vet to talk about it as a possibility. If she doesn’t take it more seriously, I’m getting a 2nd opinion.
Thanks again to both!