How do you know if your dog has gastritis?

Answered by Edward Huber

Gastritis is a condition that affects the stomach lining and can cause discomfort and digestive issues in dogs. If you suspect that your dog may have gastritis, there are several signs and symptoms that you can look out for.

1. Vomiting: One of the most common signs of gastritis in dogs is sudden and unexplained vomiting. If your dog is vomiting frequently or has blood in their vomit, it could be an indication of gastritis.

2. Decreased appetite: Gastritis can cause dogs to lose their appetite or have a reduced interest in food. If your dog suddenly becomes disinterested in their meals or starts eating less, it could be a sign of gastritis.

3. Lethargy or depression: Dogs with gastritis may appear lethargic or depressed. They may have a lack of energy, be less playful, or seem more withdrawn than usual.

4. Increased thirst: Gastritis can lead to dehydration in dogs, so you may notice that your dog is drinking more water than usual. Excessive thirst can be a symptom of gastritis and should not be ignored.

5. Blood in vomit or feces: If you notice blood in your dog’s vomit or feces, it is important to seek veterinary attention immediately. This could be a sign of a more severe form of gastritis or another underlying condition that needs to be addressed.

6. Abdominal pain: Dogs with gastritis may experience abdominal discomfort or pain. They may exhibit signs such as restlessness, panting, or a hunched posture. Some dogs may even cry or whine when their stomach is touched.

It is important to note that these signs and symptoms can vary in severity depending on the individual dog and the underlying cause of gastritis. If you suspect that your dog may have gastritis, it is always best to consult with a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

In my personal experience, I had a Labrador Retriever who developed gastritis after ingesting something he shouldn’t have during a walk. He started vomiting frequently and had a decreased appetite. He also seemed more tired and less interested in his usual activities. We took him to the vet, and after some tests, he was diagnosed with gastritis. With the help of medication and a special diet, he recovered fully within a few weeks. This experience taught me the importance of recognizing the signs of gastritis in dogs and seeking veterinary care promptly.