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Old 11-06-2014, 11:17 PM
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Kerri struggled with reflux as a puppy- but seemed to just grow out of it. We used pepcid on a few occasions for temporary relief, but our vet at the time was pretty insistent that dogs should not be on pepcid long term, I can't exactly remember why though. Our new (holistic) vet also concurred with that.
Luckily- and I know this because of my own human family- it really can usually be controlled with diet. It is not an allergy- but if certain foods cause it and certain foods control it then it certainly is a food based issue! Sadly I believe that because vets are never going to suggest anything other than kibble they would not ever suggest controlling an issue like this with diet.
I know that in humans long term use of proton pump inhibitors can cause pneumonia and hip fractures. Yikes! It also changes the way your stomach produces acid and could even be potentially fatal if you were on a high dose and just stopped cold turkey. The diet thing is SO true! I was about to request a referral to a specialist when I read a story online about an opera singer who lost her voice due to acid reflux ravaging her throat. She had even had vocal chord surgery to try to get her voice back and was on PPIs long term and they started not working so she was forced to look for another method or choose to have more surgery. She went on a diet that a lot of people with reflux have success with and she totally got rid of acid reflux all together. It is a horrible diet and you can't have sugar, complex carbs or processed and packaged foods (basically anything good, haha) but I've been half trying to follow it and am already feeling so much better. I majorly cheated the other day when I was feeling lazy and had some kraft dinner and my reflux was back right away and I actually threw up. There is something to it for sure!!

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Ok I have been nosing around on the internet and found a few things for you to look at:

Week 10: Cancer & Raw Diets, Early Vaccination, Reflux, Roundworms, Immune Health, Treating Allergies Holistically | Dogs Naturally Magazine
Fresh food and meat based. As simple as possible. No fillers. Ideally, gluten free (check the Honest Kitchen ingredients). I find eggs to often work wonderfully in this situation and many consider them to be nature’s perfect food. If he can tolerate them that is. I suspect that you have already tried many foods, but novel proteins are often best. Rabbit, venison, pheasant, etc. Avoid foods with high histamine levels. This includes many fish like tuna, mackerel, amberjack, etc. Also avoid high fat foods that will slow emptying of stomach contents and may predispose him to reflux.

Need some ideas. Dog has severe acid reflux. - The Shiba Inu Forum
As far as diet, we tried raw. Emma was the worst on beef. Through research, I learned that Acid Reflux is due to either too much fat and protein in the diet or not enough. For Emma, it was too much, so we went to raw turkey. It was Small Batch which is an organic and free range recipe. She did better, but still had problems. We tried yogurt - wasn't enough. We tried goat's milk - not enough. She is currently on Honest Kitchen Zeal (fish - low protein, low fat).

Our solution: We have been working with a chiropractor for a few months now on other issues Emma has (she has many). Our chiropractor started us on a new supplement: Sulfurzyme. It is all natural. Emma has been on it for a while and doesn't vomit, doesn't burp, doesn't chew on her paws, doesn't lick the wall, and doesn't take pepcid any longer.

Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer : Acid Reflex, GERD in Dogs, Cats - Natural Remedies, Causes, Symptoms

Very good article

Dr. Jean Dodds' Pet Health Resource Blog | Raw Honey: A sweet food for the health of your pet

Another good article on Honey

Tripe
The Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Green Tripe - Spotless Dog Wash
Raw green tripe is beneficial to dogs suffering from digestive problems, sensitive stomachs, food intolerance and even leaky gut syndrome. In non clinical trials, a regimen of six days of using raw green tripe as 25% of a raw fed dog’s diet have shown marked decreases in acid reflux and irritable bowel symptoms.

http://www.petoutfitters.ca/ground-raw-green-tripe/

The Stink On Tripe | Dogs Naturally Magazine

I am NOT brave enough to try raw Tripe. I do give my kids this and they love it. I only smell it when I first open the bag not why they are chewing on it. It has helped improve everyone's teeth and I do not see upset stomachs etc.

Barkworthies - Green Tripe Sticks (7oz) - Barkworthies

Remember every baby is different so it is going to be a trail and error for awhile. I had to keep a log with Huly and watch him with different foods etc. I would only add one new thing at a time where I knew what might set him off. It could take him up to 48 hours to show an allergy or disagreement with a food. (his was mostly allergy issues)
Thank you Christie!! I'll have to take some time to go through all those links. I've been keeping a diet too but a lot of good that is doing! Haha. The good thing about reflux is that if it's triggered by food it usually happens right after you eat so that makes it a bit easier. I'm only going to add one new protein and give it some time so I can keep track of changes in her poops. I'm hoping to see less scooting too!
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:33 PM
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mine are so much better on raw. Their coats are much better and they seem healthier. And thats coming off Canagans! I defo reccommend raw feed
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