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Old 07-09-2013, 06:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My almost 6 year old Boxer has developed acid reflux. I am currently feeding him Acana Regionals grain free kibble and was told by the vet that I should switch him to a lower protein food. Any advice or food recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can check out Dogfoodanalysis.com

I am currently feeding Blue Buffalo Adult Weight chicken. My dog has pancreatitis and does not do well with high protein and high fat food.

You may also want to try a raw diet.

How did the vet determine acid reflux? What were his symptoms? Did the vet talk about giving him Pepcid AC?
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Symptoms are dry hacking, some vomiting of saliva, extremely bad breath, and my dog tends to do this thing with his mouth where he acts like he tastes something bad. The vet put him on Sucralfate for 7 days which seemed to help, but this is a reoccurring problem and I'd like to try a different food to see if that helps. I'm thinking about adding an enzyme supplement to his food as well.
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Did the vet run any bloodwork or do a scope to look at the lining of the esophagus?

Canine Acid Reflux: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

These symptoms can be caused by other things as well such as heartworms, dental disease, liver and kidney issues.
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How often do you feed him? Does it happen right after a meal?

Acid reflux can also be caused by an empty stomach and the periods between feedings is too long. The stomach is empty and it tries to digest nothing so they have acid reflux. Duke has this when he goes too long between meals, so I started giving him snacks in the middle of the day and that seemed to help him a lot with the acid.
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The vet has not done a scope nor blood work. I am going to try and get him seen next week for further testing.

My dogs are fed once in the am and once in the pm, about 12 hours apart. Maybe I should give them a mid day snack?
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It really sounds like acid reflux. Try finding a grain free food that is lower in protein and fat.

Grain-Free Salmon Tunalini dog food - Fromm Family Foods
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