Treating Gerd In Dogs

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My 13 pd POM dog is having reflux what do i do?
    His teeth were cleaned and after tht his reflux is worst. Water triggers it even more. He has this cough-like horsed sound as if he want to clead his airway, the here comes the gagging and vomiting. he barks fine. but i am afraid this constant "clearing his throat will cause damage". Vets know about it, but since he does not do it there, nothing is done. Help me please.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it is reflux? Rub his neck in the area right under his head, right along the trachea and see if that triggers a coughing spell. This sounds kind of like collapsing trachea to me, and the intubation during dental cleaning would have made it worse for a bit. The vomiting might be secondary to all the throat clearing. (or it could be a combination of the 2). I am not saying I know what it is without looking at your dog , but it might give you another option to explore.
      Here is a link to a page about chronic bronchitis and collapsing trachea:
      http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00202.htm

      for GERD they treat it as they would a human with it. Antacids, and motility drugs. If your vet keeps refusing to treat your pup, switch vets. Obviously something is wrong.

      edit! Sorry, forgot to add, get your pups bowls up off the floor to where he is almost standing with his head up when he is eating, and divide his meals into small portions several times a day. See if that helps the symptoms any.
      Hope this helps and your wee guy is doing better soon. Also, if he is overweight at all, dropping those pounds will really help the situation.

  2. QUESTION:
    question!! pls thanks!?
    Allan Becker of the University oF Manitoba studies dogs to learn more about how asthma works in people. Asthma is frequently associated with allergies, especially in children. How is allergies linked with asthma. Indicate the benefits of using modelling experiments on dogs. Are there any disadvantages?

    • ANSWER:
      Double trouble: The link between allergies and asthma
      Photo of James T. Li, M.D.
      James T. Li, M.D.

      If you have both allergies and asthma, you may wonder what they have in common besides a maddening ability to make you miserable. A lot, as it turns out. Allergy-induced asthma is the most common type of asthma in the United States; 60% of people with asthma have the allergic type. James T. Li, M.D., a Mayo Clinic allergy specialist answers your questions about the similarities and the differences between allergies and asthma.
      What's the link between allergies and asthma?

      Simply put, allergies can trigger or induce asthma. For people with allergic asthma, breathing in substances such as pollen, mold, dust mites and animal dander triggers the inflammation and swelling of the airways, leading to symptoms of asthma.

      The lining of the nose and the lining of the airways are similar and are affected similarly by the allergic inflammatory process. Allergies are caused by the production of an antibody called IgE. The IgE antibodies cause a cascade of reactions in the body, including itchy skin or scratchy eyes or, for some, tightening of the airways. Simply put, if your immune system produces IgE antibody toward cat proteins, you're said to be allergic to cats. Exposure to cats triggers inflammation and swelling of the lining of the nose, bronchial tubes or both.
      If I treat my allergies, will it prevent asthma?

      Some studies suggest that treatment of allergic rhinitis actually improves asthma. Allergen immunotherapy (desensitization allergy shots) is a type of allergy treatment that can significantly improve asthma. In addition, if you have allergic asthma, reducing your exposure to the allergic substance can reduce your asthma problems and in some cases, completely control it.
      Are allergies and asthma treated differently?

      Medications aimed at reducing inflammation are effective for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, as well as nonallergic asthma. Corticosteroids for example, reduce inflammation. Intranasal corticosteroids, which you spray into your nose, reduce inflammation from hay fever. Corticosteroid creams applied to your skin reduce the inflammation of eczema. And inhaled corticosteroids, which you inhale into your lungs using an inhaler device, reduce inflammation of the bronchial tubes in asthma.

      Another medication, called a leukotriene modifier, also is used to reduce inflammation. Leukotriene modifiers are taken in pill form and are used for both asthma and allergic rhinitis symptoms.

      Other medications are clearly more effective for one condition over another. Antihistamines, for example, are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis but have a very minor benefit for asthma. Bronchodilator inhalers, which open congested airways, are a big part of asthma treatment, though they aren't used to treat allergic rhinitis.
      Who's at risk of allergic asthma?

      A family history of allergies is the strongest risk factor having allergic asthma. If you have allergies, you're more likely to develop asthma up to 78 percent of people who have asthma also have hay fever.
      Is all asthma caused by allergies?

      Though allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma, there are other forms and triggers of asthma, including exercise-induced asthma and nonallergic asthma triggered by infections or cold air or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
      Nothing to sneeze at

      While it may be a manner of semantics to those who suffer from allergy or asthma symptoms, recognizing the relationship between the body's immune system and how the airways react has led to improved treatment of asthma symptoms for many people.

  3. QUESTION:
    Heart/anxiety/Ejection fraction questions?
    Hey guys, heads up long post.

    Info on me: Male 23 years old. Used to eat badly, don't smoke/drink. From age 8-19 was involved with competitive soccer, swimming and long distance running.

    Five months ago our family dog died from heart disease at age of 11 human years. I've had health anxiety all throughout my life about various things but after my dog died I oddly started to be concerned about my heart. A year before this I had a very stressful job which gave me anxiety pretty much all day and started to get discomfort in chest and after awhile I started to get heart palpitations only at night time in bed when I would try to sleep but my mind kept worrying about work. My palpitations felt weird like my heart beat would be soft and normal then I would have an extra beat every now and then it would freak me out alot!! I stopped working just before Christmas and after my dogs death I developed my heart anxiety, I went to the doctors to get checked out - he told me in a very comical way o i think you have an innocent systolic heart murmur, I replied what!!!!??? He said don't worry lets get it checked out so I had lots of blood tests, EKG, holter monitor for one week and booked me in for Echo-cardiograph in 2 weeks.

    Those two weeks were complete hell for me, I was so scared to sleep in fear of sudden cardiac arrest in my sleep, I thought I was going to suddenly die like my dog. After the 2 weeks I got the results and everything came out ok except for slight thalassemia (all my family have it) and Deficient in Iron, B12 and few other things. Also my Echo report came back as everything ok except Trivial regurgitation on Polonary Valve and Tricuspid Valve. My echo results was assessed by two Cardiologists and both said I had nothing to worry about.

    Doctor told me I really needed to treat my anxiety and stress and also to eat more healthier and exercise at least 30 mins a day. Ive yet to get treatment for anxiety but I started to eat really good and exercise every day, I started to jog for 1 mile now 4 months later I jog for about 3-4 miles 5 times a week and I felt great!! My palpitations stopped and I didn't even think about my heart at all. But my anxiety has suddenly all come back just as worse when I decided to read my echo report again and saw my Ejection Fraction was 78% and Fractional shortening at 47%. I thought isnt that a bit high ?? I stupidly googled it and turns out high EF means hypertrophic cardiomyopath which means possible sudden death!! I am now in a very anxious state of yep im going to die any second now every day I think its my last, every night I think im not going to wake up!! I went back to the doctors and asked him about it and he had another look at my report and smiled and kinda laughed telling me if there was a life threatening problem it would of shown and that my left ventricle would be thickened, I couldn't believe him so I asked to book me in for a stress test which is in a weeks time. I also took my report to another doctor and he said the same thing.

    I also have other conditions previously been diagnosed with, I have GERD/Acid reflux, bad posture also I have a sensitive pulled nerve in my left shoulder blade and every now and then if I either put to much pressure on it I'll get a sudden shock type feeling just under my heart which in my head anxiety state I think my heart is dieing... Im still not convinced its a nerve even though the doctor has assured me.

    Im to scared to go for a run now as soon as my heart starts pumping I get to worried and get a slight discomfort feeling in my chest which sends my anxiety crazy and the times when I try to run and moving my left arm and shoulder alot I get the shock feeling in my chest!! This happens at least once every 3 weeks but also happens if im just sitting or laying in a bad position.

    I have so many conditions that give me heart disease related symptoms which really makes me not believe that my heart is ok. I cant seem to get it in my head that anxiety and worrying about my heart actually can cause such bad physical symptoms. Any advice or reassurance will be much appreciated!! If any doctor reads this and wants details from my Echo report I will add it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Matt When is the final time you've got acid reflux disorder? Possibly it was actually these days, or the other day, or a couple weeks ago. Despite when you've got it, it offers currently accomplished harm to your digestive tract. You may end it from undertaking any longer harm by reading this article write-up, since it consists of suggestions to stop acid reflux disorder.

      http://bit.ly/eliminate-acid-reflux

      The way you stay after food may affect acid reflux disorder and may keep it from touring your esophagus. After consuming, attempt to remain resting erect for approximately 2-3 several hours just before lying down. If you're having issues once you lay out in the future, prop the head up about 6 inches.

      It is typical for expecting mothers to have the signs and symptoms of acid reflux disorder. The room used up through the newborn drives the stomach and acid solution upward. Ingesting low-acid solution, low-excess fat meals is the easiest method to keep signs at bay. If it doesn't support, there are actually teas that may soothe the esophagus and reduce the effects of stomach acids without the need of negatively affecting the child.

      Don't drink alcohol when you are seeking to handle signs and symptoms of acid reflux disorder. The results of alcoholic drinks basically work to relax the muscle tissue inside your esophagus, which worsens reflux. Consider what you will be ingesting, the way you are ingesting of course, if you've received excessive stress in your daily life as possible reasons behind repeated acid reflux disorder and alter them just before reaching for your next ingest.

      Record the foods that could be triggering your acid reflux disorder. There are particular induce meals for anyone who has acid reflux disorder. When you are aware which meals are negatively affecting you, you can avoid them.

      You've probably got acid reflux disorder previously and it also could possibly have accomplished harm to your body. It could seem awful, yet your system can heal. So long as you stop acid reflux disorder from coming back, every little thing will be okay. Just remember the guidelines presented right here along with your events of having acid reflux disorder will be above.

  4. QUESTION:
    What's wrong with me?
    I have joint pain that is very mysteries and I need help finding a diagnosis. I have fibromyalsia, so could that be causing these "episodes"?
    I have had four different "episodes" thus far.
    First it was my neck. It hurt for approx. 6 weeks.
    I had about 2 weeks of no pain, then my shoulders started acting up. The shoulder pain was horrible and lasted approx. 5 weeks.

    I finally got a break from pain for about 4 weeks until my hands were taken over. Both hands were so swollen and hurt so bad that I could not even close my fingers. I couldn't walk the dog because I couldn't physically hold the leash in my hand. My hand pain lasted approx. 8 weeks.

    Next I was struck down with horrible pain in my knees, to the point I could barely walk. I could not bend my knees too far because of the swelling. Getting on my hands and knees was out of the question because the pain was so bad.

    Now, I sit here today a week into my pain relief or "remission". All I can do is wait to see what part of my body will be effected next. Does anyone out there know what kind of disease/illness/symptoms this could cause this?? My doctor is limited because I do not have insurance.

    I am on Tramadol, Amytriptaline, Paxil, Clonazepam, Prilosec, Levothyroxine. The pain meds are not working, but my doctor doesn't want me to be on a stereotypical "Pain Pill" that is highly addictive. BUT, the pain is too intense and I am afraid of what will come next.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism causes low stomach acid not high so prilosec is the wrong medication. Not to mention the FDA issued a warning to only take proton pump inhibitors like prilosec and nexium up to 14 days, 3 times a year. The side effects of lowering essential stomach acid are detrimental to health. Increasing acid with apple cider vinegar or betaine HCL with pepsin supplements and taking digestive enzymes supplements to break down foods are amazing to prevent acid reflux issues.

      The FDA put out a warning this year about acid blockers causing hypomagnesemia (magnesium deficiency). Magnesium deficiency alone can mimic fibromyalgia and is common cause of anxiety and depression. Magnesium is also necessary to relax the muscles and lists chronic pain syndrome as a symptom. Magnesium deficiency is also a common deficiency state found with hypothyroidism as well. Other common deficiency states with low stomach acid include calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamin K and many B vitamins, notably vitamin B12 deficiency.

      Poorly treated hypothyroidism could be another reason. Fibromyalgia symptoms can simply be due to poor thyroid treatment and vitamin D deficiency which is extremely common with hypothyroidism.

      Poor conversion from T4 (levothyroxine) to T3 is very common. Factors that inhibit the body s conversion of T4 to T3 are low levels of iodine, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and vitamin E; high levels of uoride; high or low levels of serum ferritin (iron); low calorie diet, beta-blockers, birth-control pills, high levels of estrogen, lithium, lead, mercury, stress, cigarette smoking, pesticides, aging, diabetes, surgery, adrenal insufficiency, and human growth hormone deficiency. Besides correcting underlying deficiency states etc, you may need to take a combination of T4 and T3 (known as cytomel) or natural desiccated thyroid extract.

      From the T4 only meds don't work article from stop the thyroid madness website...

      "And what do uninformed doctors do for the symptoms you continue to have on T4-only meds? They put you on anti-depressants, statins, pain meds, and all sorts of bandaid medications to cover the effects of a poor thyroid treatment chronic low grade depression, high cholesterol, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome , Fibromyalgia , bi-polar, anxiety, hair loss to name just a few. When you mention your poor energy levels, they tell you to exercise more. When you mention your weight problems, they tell you to eat less.

      And the worst thing they ll say when you continue to have symptoms of a thyroid disorder? It s not your thyroid. Your TSH is normal, and you re optimally treated. That, friends, is not so and has lead most all thyroid patients into continuing agony and self-doubt."

      Side effects of antacids and acid blockers>>> http://refluxdefense.com/heartburn_GERD_articles/side-effects-antacids-and-acid-blockers.html

      Insufficient stomach acid >>>
      http://www.gallbladderattack.com/hcl.shtml

      T4-Only Meds Do Not Work >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/

      Fibromyalgia causes >>>
      http://www.easy-immune-health.com/fibromyalgia-cause.html

      Dangers of antidepressants >>>
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bzwx5HcurM

  5. QUESTION:
    Is h. pylori associated with chronic fatigue?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there...
      I saw NO mention of "Chronic Fatigue" in this reading...

      May 31, 2001 -- It's enough to give you a bellyache: A new study published in the June 2 issue of the journal The Lancet suggests that using antibiotics to eradicate ulcer-causing germs from the gut may also prolong relief from acid-reflux disease symptoms. Yet other researchers say that the bacteria may protect people against acid reflux. What gives?
      The debate hinges around a bug known as Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori. The bacteria have been fingered by researchers as the cause of about 80% of stomach ulcers and more than 90% of ulcers of the duodenum, the first segment of the small intestine. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, about 1 in 5 people under 40 is infected with H. pylori, as are half of those over age 60.
      Until recently, conventional wisdom held that stress and stomach acids were the primary cause of ulcers and that most bacteria couldn't thrive in the corrosive environment of the stomach. But dogged Australian physician Barry Marshall, MD, was convinced H. pylori can cause ulcers. He caught the world's attention and changed the way ulcers are treated when he deliberately guzzled down a megadose of the bacteria and developed an ulcer, which he then cured with a combination of antibiotics and Pepto-Bismol.
      Some researchers also speculated that H. pylori might protect people against gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD -- the backup of stomach contents into the esophagus, the tube that connects the stomach to the throat. GERD can cause painful, recurrent heartburn and can damage the tissues lining the throat and esophagus.
      The theory was that by damaging the stomach lining, H. pylori infection would also destroy the miniature pumps that release stomach acid, thereby cutting down on the likelihood of GERD.
      But now comes the Lancet study, in which researchers found evidence to suggest that among patients with GERD, those who were infected with H. pylori but had the bacteria eliminated with antibiotics, as well as those who never had the infection to begin with, had a longer period free from GERD symptoms than did similar patients who still had H. pylori infections.
      "Presence of H. pylori leads to a reduced disease-free interval, and, therefore, eradication therapy should be considered in patients with [GERD]," write Werner Schwizer, MD and colleagues.
      In an interview with WebMD, Schwizer, associate professor of gastroenterology at University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, says that the theory about H. pylori being protective against GERD arose following an observation that some duodenal ulcer patients who received antibiotics to kill H. pylori infection later went on to develop Barrett's esophagitis, a disorder linked to acid-reflux disease. "There was indirect evidence, lets say observational evidence, without really testing that, so that was the basis of our study."
      In the study 70 patients with GERD were divided into three groups, with all patients receiving the acid reducer Prevacid 30 mg twice daily for 10 days, followed by 30 mg once daily for 8 weeks. Patients who were infected with H. pylori were randomly assigned to receive either antibiotics or a placebo for the first 10 days. Patients not infected with H. pylori were used for comparison, which was called the control group.
      The patients were followed for 6 months at 2-week intervals for GERD symptoms. At the end of the study, the researchers determined that patients who were still infected with H. pylori had on average an earlier return of symptoms (at 54 days) than patients in whom H. pylori had been eradicated (at 100 days). The control group had the longest symptom-free period, at 110 days.
      When they classified the patients according to severity of inflammation of the esophagus, called esophagitis, those with the most inflammation relapsed rapidly, compared to those with low levels of inflammation. Once again, after the researchers considered the amount of esophagitis a patient had, the investigators found that those with H. pylori relapsed more rapidly.
      The study was small, however -- only 58 patients completed the study, and the authors acknowledge that further research of the underlying mechanisms will be needed to confirm their observations.
      A gastroenterologist who was not involved in the study tells WebMD that he's still not convinced.
      "It's controversial, and even with this study, I'm unwilling to say that eliminating H. pylori will lead to improvement in GERD," says Ronnie Fass, MD, director of the gastrointestinal motility laboratory, and associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and Tucson VA Medical Center. "It has been shown that in patients with Barrett's esophagus, there is a lower likelihood of being infected with H. pylori, again suggesting a more protective effect for infection."

  6. QUESTION:
    is this any type of abuse?
    They haven't given me meds for my GERD for almost a year, when i say i dont feel good sometimes they say "i dont care how you feel just go to school/sleep!!!", i feel i can never talk to them about anything because i'm afraid of them being angry, critisizing, or getting physical, they say "you could be whatever you want to be" but then they yell at me for saying something i like, they say "you should see your friends one time" so i stay after school to hangout with them(thats the only time i see them) and they yell at me for seeing friends, after i tryed to runaway they only cared about the class i cut and they humiliate me by telling some of my teachers "she has problems so were taking her to see doctors" just so they look good to other people, they threat me to not talk to anyone in school about this(principal,counselor,etc), they think there is nothing wrong with themselves and they have called me abusive, when i'm in the bathroom or my room changing clothes they always try to open the door, one time we got into a big fight and my mom pushed me and screamed at me for something very stupid(this happened 2years ago and after that i was afraid of ever disagreeing with them because i am afraid ever getting physical, she tells me what to say to people before we see them ex.it was the summer and i couldn't go out the whole time. a few of my cousins were coming over later, so my mom said "when they ask you 'what did you do over the summer?' say you went to your friends house a few times or you went to a party"-----------------
    there is more but i'll only say this. is this emotional abuse? when i told my school (principle, counselor, psychologist, CPS guy) they didn't take it seriously. i recently lied to my parents by saying i was suicidal so maybe they would treat me better or maybe i could stay in a psych hospital but i only got worse. i cant talk to anyone at school so who do i talk to? do you know a non-emergency police number? i live on long island, New york. please help!!! :(
    PS-please try to remember that emotional abuse could be just as painful as physical

    • ANSWER:
      It's emotional abuse, verbal abuse, medical abuse, and physical abuse. Call the Department of Social or Human Services, child protective services or unit. If you can't find the right number, call the Welfare department. Child protective services will dog your parents with rules, classes, psychotherapy, the definitions of abuse, etc. until they get it right. Your parents can learn to be good parents, especially when coerced. Keep complaining until they take you seriously.

      The best of luck to you.


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