Chronic gastritis

@Astraea (177)
Sweden
November 21, 2010 2:32pm CST
My 14 years old dog (a Jack Russell Terrier) who has been healthy all her life has the last year or two been having problems with her stomach. Sometimes it's diarrhea, sometimes constipation or feeling sick. Her problems usually only last a day or three with a few weeks with a normal stomach in between the bad periods. She is currently having a bad stomach and has been having diarrhea every day and thrown up a few times for about a week now. I'm thinking it might be chronic gastritis (I'm not a vet but I'm studying animal medicine) and was wondering if anyone knows of a "cure" that will make her feed better. The problem is, she is voluntarily starving herself, so giving her pills and such seems impossible. She isn't in any pain and is more often happy and healthy than sick, so I don't want to hear anything about "ending the dog's suffering". Thank you.
3 responses
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
21 Nov 10
Heavens no! There's a good reason why we have veterinarians. That is to increase our pets quality of life. If you're studying animal medicine you would know that three days of diarrhea and vomiting combined are enough to get her to a vet. The inability to eat brings your reasons to get to a vet fast over the top! How long have you been "studying" animal medicine, and is it an accredited school? Your resources there would have told you the same thing. End of life for your pet should be a decision that a vet would help you make. I'm surprised you don't know this. Mylot is not the place to look for answers for extremely ill pets!
@Astraea (177)
• Sweden
21 Nov 10
She is not "extremely ill" as you keep saying. She's been suffering from these things before and the local vet says it's fine as long as she's still drinking and is conscious. She's on an annual control each year and her organs are working just fine, she just has a sensitive stomach. And yes, my school is the only one in this country that has the programme "Veterinary Technician" at all, so I'm not stupid and ignorant as some people are trying to make me look like. I was just asking whether anyone knows if there's some kind of powder or something that's easy to give her that makes her stomach better. She actually had some milk today which is good for the diarrhea (though it's not something dogs should drink on regular basis since they can be allergic or intolerant, but she handles milk just fine) so I thought I might be able to put something in her water or milk. She doesn't have a fever, but she did have a slight fever the first day though I don't remember the exact temperature. She is getting a little better each day and I guess I'm looking for something she can take daily to keep these periods at a minimum. Her stomach got a little better since we changed her dog food to (cooked) meat of different kinds.
@cbjones (1157)
• United States
21 Nov 10
I'm not a vet either. Wish I could give useful advice on the issue because I love animals. It's strange how it seems to be accepted pratice to kill an animal over treating whatever is ailing it. I think if not for the language barrier, things would be different. It's easy to say that's the best way to go about things when all you hear from the dog is "woof woof".
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
21 Nov 10
A week of diarrhea and vomiting is not a good sing. Especially that your little dog doesn't want to eat. Usually a dog doesn't eat for a day or so when she has diarrhea, but if the situations persist for a week now, I think it has been time to take her to the vet. Giving pills to a dog that voluntarily starving herself is not imposible, you can force her to take the pills if you want her to get well. Do take her to a vet as soon as possible, she might also be dehydrated because she didn't eat and she has diarrhea and frequent vomiting for a week now.