10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Dogs

  1. How To Recognize Canine Acid Reflux

    This is something else I didn’t understand when I saw it in my dog. It took another owner, who’d been through it with their own pup, to recognize the signs of acid reflux in dogs. I’ve since been able to spot acid reflux in many other dogs whose owners, like me, had no idea what the symptoms meant.

In dogs, acid reflux, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), involves a constellation of symptoms.

The classic signs are:

Air licking
Jaw snapping
Drooling
Gagging
Hard swallowing
Trying to eat leaves or specks of dust off the floor
Fur or fabric licking
Stomach gurgling
Throwing up either bile or food
Acid reflux in dogs can last a few minutes or 24 hours straight. Treatment involves identifying the cause, but it all starts with a diagnosis.

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