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Home Remedies for Gastritis in Dogs

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. September 4, 2017
Home Remedies for Gastritis in Dogs

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As is the case with humans, many canine diseases are directly related to their diet. Food can be both the cause and a natural cure for many diseases.

Gastritis is a digestive disease that can affect dogs and can be caused by several factors; however, proper diet, as well as other factors, will be fundamental in treating this.

If you want to treat your pet in a more natural way, read on: this AnimalWised article lists many home remedies for gastritis in dogs.

Gastritis in dogs

Gastritis in dogs is an inflammation of the gastric mucosa, which causes disorder and dysfunction in the digestive tract. This is because this important mucosal layer protects the stomach from the acidic digestive juices, including hydrochloric acid.

When the mucosa is inflamed, its function is compromised and this creates a multitude of symptoms, including the following:

Gastritis has various causes. When it is acute, it is generally due to the ingestion of harmful substances, ranging from old food to toxic substances or indigestible objects.

However, chronic gastritis can have systemic causes, which can affect the entire body and cause gastritis. These include bacterial and viral infections, cancer, liver or kidney disease or prolonged exposure to environmental toxins.

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What should you do if your dog has gastritis?

If you notice symptoms associated with gastritis, it is very important that you take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. This is because, as we have mentioned above, gastritis can mask serious diseases such as cancer.

The veterinarian will diagnose gastritis and will establish the underlying cause, something that he/she will do by performing a complete physical examination and by taking into account all of your pet?s current symptoms and medical history.

Therapeutic measures vary depending on the cause of gastritis; however, dietary measures form an integral part of the treatment of gastritis in dogs. The veterinarian may recommend that you pet fasts for 12 to 48 hours. He/she will also be able to provide concrete advice on the suitable quantity of water to give your dog, and how often it should be drunk, and the same information on food.

Fasting and making these dietary changes will help with the regeneration and functioning of the mucosa.

Home Remedies for Gastritis in Dogs - What should you do if your dog has gastritis?

Home remedies for gastritis in dogs

Here are various home remedies that you can use to improve gastritis in dogs. As you will see, many of them are food, but you should remember that food has powerful therapeutic benefits, which allow you to help your pet effectively and thoroughly.

Obviously, before using any of these remedies, you should consult your vet beforehand so you can adapt these to the individual needs of your dog:

  • Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a vegetable that has many pro-kinetic properties (it improves all processes of the digestive tract). The pumpkin should be boiled, be stored properly and be completely natural. You should add it to your pet's food, administrating a tablespoon per 5 kg of body weight once a day.
  • Garlic: While it is true that garlic can be toxic to dogs, this only happens when we administer significant quantities. Please consult a vet before feeding this to your dog, no matter how small the amount. A small clove of minced garlic mashed into your dog's usual food may help to treat any infectious agents causing the gastritis because it is one of nature's most potent antibiotics. You can use garlic to deworm dogs and cats too.
  • Cranberry: Cranberries help in case of infectious gastritis or when it appears to be a result of kidney disease. This is because this type of berry is rich in proanthocyanidins, substances with proven antibiotic activity. Add two peeled and cut cranberries per 5 kg of body weight to your dog's food.
  • Roasted beets: The beet is a vegetable with an interesting nutritional composition, it's rich in phytochemicals and has important properties. Beets help reduce inflammation of the gastric mucosa and also allow easier evacuation of any toxic substances. Add a teaspoon per 5 kg of body weight to your dog's food.
  • Boiled rice and chicken: Boiled rice and chicken is gentle on the dog's stomach, perfect if they are suffering from stomach issues. Avoid frying the chicken or adding any sauces. Simply boil the chicken and the rice and mix together, shredding the chicken so that your dog does not ingest large pieces. Feed your dog this bland food little and often. A large meal is harder for dogs to digest, especially when they are suffering with gastritis. Continue to feed your dog this even when it is improving; gradually mix it with their normal food as time goes on.
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Preventing gastritis in dogs

As important as treating gastritis, is preventing it. With this in mind, we have some tips that you should follow to keep your dog's stomach healthy:

  • Make any dietary changes gradually.
  • Stop your dog from eating any contaminated food, fertilised grass or rotten food.
  • Do not give your pet too much food; little and often is key in preventing stomach problems.
  • Make sure your dog has all the necessary vaccinations, as advised by a vet.
  • Check your garden and remove any plants that are toxic to dogs.
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If you have any questions at all, please leave them in the comments section and one of our experts will get back to you.

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to Home Remedies for Gastritis in Dogs, we recommend you visit our Intestinal problems category.

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Marion
11 year old German Shepherd, 4-6 loose stools walking 1/2 block for the past 3 months, occasional small amount blood. Blood work normal, Tylosin and probiotic-2 weeks no change. Has hip dysplasia, arthritis on Meloxicam 2mg/mL-1-5ml per day past 3 years.
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Martina
My dog aged 13mths came down with severe diarrhea and vomiting to a point after five minutes of drinking some water she vomited it all bk up
took her to emergency Vet where she was put on IV fluids.
Next day she was little more herself and was given antibiotics and Vet seemed happy to discharge her
She ate a boiled egg and advised to put her on boiled chicken and rice for couple days
My biggest worry was a blockage but Vets seem happy that she didn't have one. As her stomach was not tender
Should I get her bloods checked. Or or assume she is now over the worst and treat for Gastro
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Martina,

We cannot say specifically since we are unable to examine an individual dog and only the vet will be able to have the full clinical picture. We would suggest that if she is improving with treatment and the veterinary staff seem to have been thorough, then it would be up to them for further diagnostic tests. If you don't see improvement and you see symptoms that they are still ill, then they may need further treatment, but it doesn't sound like this is the case. If you want to get bloods checked as your own personal reassurance, then it will be up to you to decide.
Mohan
More than 2 months my dog shows symptoms of vomiting.if his stomach is empty he vomits clear white mucus.If stomach is full he vomits food that is indigested.Sometimes from his sleep he shows vomiting signs and vomit.but sometimes food comes sometimes mucus comes sometimes nothing comes..why is it so.please suggest any medicine or treatment
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Mohan,

There are different possibilities of what this might be, so we have shared some of the possible culprits in articles below. However, these are only suggestions and there is no possible way we could know for sure what problem your dog has. For this reason, you will need to take them to the vet if this is an ongoing problem and is affecting their health and well-being. Only they will be able to adequately diagnose the situation and suggest appropriate treatment.

https://www.animalwised.com/my-dog-is-vomiting-white-foam-symptoms-causes-treatment-1473.html
https://www.animalwised.com/what-to-do-if-my-dog-has-something-stuck-in-his-throat-720.html
Jane Young
many a time i give my bonnie and blue a whisked egg in milk they are both german sheperds and seem to perk up after this, is this ok to give.
please comment thank you
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Jane,

Eggs are able to be eaten by dogs and can provide a little protein boost, but they aren't necessary to their diet. They are good for treats and can be given regularly, but not too often.
Hemant
My dog has acute gastro for last 6 months, treated but again acour, i give him rice, milk small quantity wth chichen, but after some days problem tepeated, pl help, we love him
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Hemant,

Bland food such as the boiled rice and chicken is ideal. You can add some vegetables as well, such as in the video you can see at the end of this comment. We advise against milk as most adult dogs cannot digest it properly. Of course a little bit shouldn't do much harm. However, it won't do them good and may possibly make it difficult if they have gastritis.

It is also important to remember that the amount of food is an issue. Too much of any food will exacerbate gastritis and eating too fast is an issue. You might want to check to see how quickly they are eating. If they gobble it down, you could give them the right amount of food, but in small doses to ensure they are eating at the right speed. If it continues, then it could be something more serious, so you should take them to the vet. Hope this has been helpful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnEu6RSAxeI

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