Gastritis in the dog manifests itself in the same way as in humans. It is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the affected organ, the stomach. It is a very annoying disorder in animals that requires specific treatment to heal.
Causes and symptoms of gastritis in dogs
There are two types of gastritis in the dog, the acute and chronic form. The former manifests itself suddenly and has a short duration, while the latter occurs slowly and worsens over time, tending to become chronic and difficult to eradicate. The causes of this disease that attack the dog’s stomach is to be found in:
- Taking toxic substances
- Ingestion of poisonous plants or foreign bodies
- Disproportionate use of drugs
- Infections caused by viruses and bacteria
- Diseases of the digestive system
Dog gastritis is characterized by very common but easy to diagnose symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, pain in the abdomen, loss of appetite, dull coat, blood in the stool, excessive production of saliva, lethargy and yellow mucous membranes. Symptoms can occur all together or in groups, depending on the severity of the disease.
Analyzing the vomit of the animal this will appear frothy, with traces of blood and rich in bile. In the presence of gastric ulcers, blood can occur in both vomit and faeces.
Aloe vera: how to use it to counteract gastritis in dogs
Treating gastritis is not easy, the easiest type is certainly the acute one, as it does not cause irreparable damage to the stomach. The chronic form instead tends over time to deteriorate the stomach, causing a progressive worsening without final resolution.
Aloe vera juice is an exceptional remedy to counteract gastritis in dogs. The gel is very rich in nutrients and helps to re-integrate the body which, in case of inflammation in the stomach, can not absorb all the active ingredients present in crunchy or wet food. There are more than 75 nutrients. Thanks to the consistency of the aloe when taken from the inside the gel creates around the walls of the stomach a protective barrier against the acids of the gastric juice. Aloe also acts by reducing inflammation thanks to its ability to block prostaglandin synthesis and to promote tissue healing, thus speeding up the healing process.
The recommended dose is 1 ml of aloe per day for three times a day. You can give it to the dog with a syringe without a needle, placing the syringe at the corners of the mouth so that the animal is forced to swallow.