Stomach ulcers in dogs are mostly caused by anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs. This page looks at the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and conventional treatment of canine ulcers. It also recommends some natural remedies such as herbs and supplements that are effective in treating dog stomach ulcers.
Dogs don't get stomach ulcers from the falling stock market or work-related stress, but that doesn't mean that dogs do not suffer from ulcers. So what are the common causes of canine ulcers? Let's take a look...
The most common causes include:
Prolonged use of these medications, therefore, can also cause stomach ulcers in dogs. Sometimes the condition can be serious. (Although buffered aspirin is said to be gentler and easier on the stomach, it can still lead to dog ulcers.)
Other less common causes include:
Dogs with stomach ulcers usually show the following symptoms:
Physical examination and tests may include:
Conventional treatment include diet change and antacid medications to coat the stomach lining.
Depending on the conditions of the dog, medicines for diarrhea and vomiting may also be described.
To effectively to deal with canine ulcers, herbs and other supplements can be used to:
Herbs that can soothe, coat, and help rebuild the stomach lining are effective in treating ulcers:
(Dosage: 1/2 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon depending on the size of the dog, 3 times a day. Use the powdered form of the herb and mix it with warm water until it forms a paste.)
For ulcers that are not deep (superficial), try these home remedies:
In a study, it was found that Manuka honey had anti-ulcer properties and worked well against ulcers in rats.
Try giving a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on the size of your dog) to your dog every day. Be sure to get Manuka with a UMF of at least 10+.
It's no wonder if you look at what's in the cabbage juice. It's rich in the amino acid L-glutamine and the compound gefarnate, both of which are effective in nourishing the lining of the GI tract.
Cabbage is also rich in S-methylmethionine, which has anti-ulcer properties.
You can of course make the cabbage juice yourself, or if you don't have time, take a look at this:
This cabbage extract is easy to use: just add 1/4 teaspoon of the powder to a glass of water and give it to your dog with meals.
This formula contains a lot of good herbs such as licorice root, slippery elm, and alfalfa, as well as supplements such as L-glutamine, Quercetin Chalcone, probiotics, and enzymes. It is excellent for dogs (and cats) suffering from chronic or recurrent GI problems, such as poor digestion, stomach ulcers, food allergies, or IBDs.
This formula includes immune-boosting herbs such as astragalus, cat's claw, and mushrooms, as well as vitamins and other natural supplements that can strengthen the immune system of a dog.
As always, prevention is better than cure. If your dog has a weak digestive system, and is showing signs of ulcers, such as vomiting and diarrhea, take action quickly. Use the remedies recommended in this article to nip the problem in the bud.
Also, try doing the following:
Just like people with ulcers, dogs with ulcers also benefit from having more frequent meals in smaller portions. If your dog is fed only once or twice a day, stomach acids have more chance to irritate the dog's stomach. Divide the food into smaller portions and feed your dog three or four times a day instead.
Stress in itself may not cause ulcers in dogs, but if a dog with ulcers is under a lot of stress, his condition may get worse. It is therefore advisable to provide a calm, loving, and stress-free environment for your dog.
As mentioned above, the most common cause of ulcers in dogs is conventional anti-inflammatory medications and pain-killers.