Treating a Dog Gastric Ulcer
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"Gastroduodenal ulcer disease or a dog
gastric ulcer occurs when an
ulcer is an area of the stomach where the mucous membrane is damaged
causing inflammation. Ulcers also form at the duodenum which is the
where the small intestine meets the stomach. There are no sex, age, or
breed predilections toward forming an ulcer.
The ulcers form when factors exist which
overwhelm the body’s normal ability to repair the stomach’s mucosal
barrier. Ulcers in dogs are usually caused by medications such as
ibuprofen. Unlike humans where bacteria are frequently the cause, in
dogs it is usually related to medications. Ulcers can also form as a
complication of a disease.
If the ulcer didn't form as the result of a side effect of a medication your dog is taking, the veterinarian will check for liver disease, kidney problems and stress on your dog's body from illness or surgery. Skin mas cell tumors can also cause ulcers related to the histamine produced by tumors. Ulcers are seen in 80% of dogs that has skin mast cell tumors. An ulcer can also form when the body is in shock, which can be caused by a severe bacterial infection, heart problem or blood pressure issue.
When ulcers form the dog can have
gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems (bleeding an lead to
anemia, rapid heart beat, heart murmurs and low blood pressure).
Males have a higher incidence of a disorder called gastric carcinoma (stomach cancer). Treatment is specific to the determined cause."