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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Our 14yr corgie gets a case of gastritis every 7-10 days

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Our 14yr corgie gets a case of gastritis every 7-10 days Like clockwork. She gets I'll for 2-3 days where we withhold all foid and H2O. Special low fat diet. G/D soft food fed in bailey chair, had case of megaesophagus about 24 months ago and thought it may be that. Gets upset stomach, can't lie down and eventually vomits fo***** *****quid and some bile, never any food. She gets pepcid and metaclopramide in addition to her thyroid med. Vets has no answers. looking for something to check. Full blood panel and multiple x-rays are all negative....trying cerena now, doesn't stop being I'll but has prevented vomiting. She is so miserable with good days getting less I fear the alternative. Other than this all well...
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I can only imagine that both myasthenia gravis and atypical Addison's have already been ruled out but please let me know if that's the case. The acetylcholine receptor antibody test is the gold standard for myasthenia although it can be falsely negative at which time we might see if drug therapy is of value - prednisone, usually. An ACTH stim test would be performed in an attempt to spot atypical Addison's.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They did run many tests but will need to double check all of them. Can that cause this stomach issue? Its deffinitely not regurgitation
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Atypical Addison's can cause gastrointestinal distress as evidenced by vomiting and regurgitation. Myasthenia can cause megaesophagus and regurgitation. Please let me know what you've discovered test-wise. If these conditions have been ruled out scoping and biopsy of her GI tract might reveal the etiology of Patch's clockwork symptoms but I understand that that invasive and stressful procedure may not be appropriate at Patch's age.