My Keeshond's reflux problem was identified after an endoscopy with a camera which showed the problem in the oesophagus.
I'd be very grateful for any information on home cooking, and also to know if anyone has any experience with treating acid reflux in their dog.
Dennis, by email
Isuru Gajanayake BVSc CertSAM DipACVIM MRCVS
American Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Small Animal Clinical Nutritionist
Willows Referral Service
Solihull, West Midlandsadvises....
I am sorry to hear about your unwell Keeshond.
I hope I can answer your questions about home-cooking for dogs. This is not as straight-forward as it may initially seem but it is possible. The difficulty in cooking a balanced home-cooked diet for dogs lies in that dogs have different nutrient requirements (compared to people) and for this reason making a diet using human supplements invariably results in a dietary imbalances. To provide a balanced home-cooked diet for dogs, you will need dietary supplements specifically designed for dogs and a veterinary nutritionist to balance the diet.
Not knowing the details of your dog and his/her problem it is difficult to speculate, but your dog may have a medical condition that may be the underlying cause for the acid reflux. We typically investigate a problem like this with an ultrasound scan of the abdomen and by taking biopsies from the stomach and intestine (using a scope). Some of the underlying conditions (such as inflammatory bowel disease) are treated with modified diet and medical treatment, whereas other conditions may require surgery. I appreciate that this may raise more questions than answer them but I hope this is nonetheless useful to you.