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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Gastritis is a common disorder in cats and dogs - but what is it ?
Gastritis literally means stomach ("Gastr..") inflammation ("..itis"). There are many causes of inflammation of the stomach including :
Gastritis causes vomiting - which can be sudden in onset (acute gastritis), or recurrent over a long period of time (chronic gastritis). The vomit usually contains clear mucus and may be stained yellow-green due to the presence of bile, and occasionally it may contain blood - which often appears coffee-brown in colour. The vomiting may or may not be associated with eating or drinking.
You should seek veterinary attention if your pet develops persistent vomiting because it can be life-threatening.
Gastritis is often diagnosed just from the history and a veterinary examination of the animal , however it can only confirmed by examining the lining of the stomach and taking a tissue sample - called a biopsy.
Most practices nowadays use an endoscope to examine the stomach and take a sample - CLICK HERE to see a video sequence of what the inside of a dog stomach looks like through an endoscope This may take a minute or so to download.
Sometimes XRays (with and without a barium meal) are taken to help differentiate gastritis from other causes of vomiting.
Gastritis can be treated in many ways including the following :
Updated October 2013