Stomach Ulcers in Dogs

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Jan 11, 2022

Stomach ulcers in dogs are more common than you would think. What’s an ulcer, though? Stomach ulcers in dogs are sores that form in your dog’s stomach lining (the part that protects the stomach from gastric acid). There are many symptoms and causes of stomach ulcers in dogs. We will discuss some with you below. Has your dog ever suffered from a stomach ulcer or do you believe your pet is currently suffering from having ulcers? If you believe your dog has ulcers, seek veterinary attention immediately. 

Symptoms of Ulcers in Dogs

Below is a list of common symptoms of ulcers that you should look for in your dog:

Significant weight loss

  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • High heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody stool/diarrhea
  • Lethargic behavior (weak)
  • Excessive drooling
  • Anxiety 
  • Irritability

Dogs who have severe ulcers may also become anemic, collapse, lose consciousness, and/or go into shock.

Causes of Stomach Ulcers

As with many medical issues, the cause of a stomach ulcer can be a result of many factors (one or more combined). Several possible causes include:

  • Stress
  • Ingestion of a foreign object
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Allergies
  • Viral infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Mast cell tumor

Treating Stomach Ulcers

Treatment of stomach ulcers in dogs varies on a case-by-case basis. Treatment heavily depends on the severity of the ulcer. Some dogs may be able to prescribe an antacid whereas others may need to prep for surgery.   Dogs who have an ulcer that has created a “hole” in their stomach are those who need surgical attention. Your veterinarian will also likely place your dog on some type of specialized diet to prevent ulcers from recurring. Of course, that is not guaranteed, but he/she will attempt to minimize the risk. 

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

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