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Does anyone have experience with acid reflux in their Brits? Had a dog several years ago with this and would give him half a Pepcid before meals. I now have a 2yr old Brittany who occasionally vomits almost immediately after eating, usually in the morning. It happened this morning. I just gave him half a Pepcid and he is staring at me wanting more food. Will wait a little while and feed him a little. Other than that he is the typical wild and crazy young dog! Would appreciate any advice or commemts.
First, I would mention this to your vet just to make sure that all bases are covered...saying that, sometimes my dogs have eaten too fast (piggies that they are ) and will regurgitate (I think there is a difference between vomiting, when they retch and then throw up, and regurgitating, when they cough a bit and up it comes)...If eating too fast is the issue, I found feeding them smaller amounts at a time so they couldn't inhale all their food at once, or putting some water in the kibble or getting one of those bowls with rubber things sticking up, slows them down. Another issue my Gage had was an empty stomach--he will throw bile up first thing in the morning...I give him some food right before bed, and that helped for a long time...recently, he had to see the vet specialist because he was coughing more and the regurgitation was happening a little more frequently; among other things, the vet said to give him 20mg of pepcid twice a day (he weighs 42 pounds) and that has helped a lot...
Zak doesn't "Hoover" his food like our other Brittany, Jake. I do give him a biscuit before we go to bed. Our older dog loves crushed ice and usually give him some in his bowl after he eats. Zak did eat some ice yesterday morning, so maybe his tummy didn't like that. Thinking back, this seems to happen when he drinks alot of water on an empty stomach. Usually give the dogs several biscuits during the day between meals. Gave him 1/2 Pepcid before bed last night and no ice today. He is fine. He is also really bad about eating things in the yard and has gotten sick from that before. He is a challenge in my old age! Thanks for your imput.
You may want to try the pepcid for a while, routinely, and see what happens...sounds like it helped your other dog...the doctor told my husband, who had developed reflux, that he should take zantac for a couple of weeks to let his stomach begin to heal, and then a couple weeks beyond that to let it heal more completely before he tapered it...new grass in the spring seems to be especially tastey to our boys...when we first got JJ, he ate all kinds of things in the yard...we've had him a year, and he seems much less driven to eat things, thank goodness...