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Acute Gastritis (Severe Vomiting) in Dogs

Chronic Gastritis continued...

Chronic atrophic gastritis involves a thinning of the stomach wall. This is primarily seen in Norwegian Buhunds, and may develop from an immune problem.

Eosinophilic gastritis is a chronic condition characterized by the accumulation of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) in the mucous lining of the stomach, along with thickening and scarring of the stomach wall. The cause is unknown, although a food allergy or parasites have been proposed. Eosinophilic gastritis is more likely than other types of gastritis to be associated with ulcers and bleeding.

Stomach and duodenal ulcers also produce sporadic vomiting. Finally, if there is no obvious explanation for the sporadic vomiting, the dog may be suffering from a systemic disease, such as liver or kidney failure, which can be diagnosed by blood tests.

Treatment: Dogs with chronic vomiting should be seen by a veterinarian. Gastroscopy with a biopsy of the stomach wall is the quickest way to make a diagnosis of chronic gastritis.

Treatment involves switching to a bland, high-carbohydrate diet such as Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d. Alternatively, you can feed a homemade diet of boiled rice and cottage cheese. Offer frequent small feedings and avoid large meals. As the dog recovers, gradually introduce a high-quality commercial premium dog food, or consult a veterinary nutritionist for a balanced homemade meal you can cook.

Histamine blocking agents, such as Tagamet (cimetidine), Pepcid (famotidine), and Zantac (ranitidine), may help in cases of hypertrophic gastropathy. While not approved for use in dogs, they can be used safely under the guidance of your veterinarian.

Eosinophilic gastritis responds well to a course of corticosteroids, but sometimes the dog needs other immunosuppressive drugs and a hypoallergenic diet prescribed by your veterinarian. Gastritis associated with gastric outflow obstruction is treated as described for Stomach and Duodenal Ulcers.

WebMD Veterinary Reference from "Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook"

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