Treatment Type: Medications
Rated for: German Shepherd Dog
Posted Feb. 11, 2018
Proton pump inhibitors like omeprazol, are the best drugs for reducing stomach acids secretion, and a cornerstone of any hyperacidity treatment.
They shouldn't not be used for too long periods of time (recommendation is no longer then 8 weeks), but they must be used for at least two weeks in order for ulcers and other damaged parts of stomach mucosa to heal. In the mean time cause of the ulceration should be found and treated if possible.
In cases in which causes can't be determined or can't be treated, on and off use of PPI is the best choice, when problem becomes exacerbates PPIs are used until it goes into remission after which PPI treatment is stopped.
There are cases where PPIs have to be used permanently for long periods of time, but these are the cases where benefits outweigh the risks.
These are very good drugs, and they cause enormous benefits, however their prolonged used has been linked with doubling chances for development of gastric carcinoma, gastric atrophy etc. Though these mostly take years of use to develop.
These drugs should be used only and specifically according to veterinarians orders, do not medicate your dog yourself because you think it might help it.