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Do dogs get stomach ulcers? Many dog parents wonder.
Well, 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! They do!
This article looks at:
The most common causes of ulcers in dogs include:
Conventional anti-inflammatory medications prescribed for skin conditions, arthritis, or other chronic health problems, such as NSAIDs, corticosteroid, can cause canine ulcers.
In addition, conventional medicines for pain relief, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, inhibit a hormonelike substance that acts as a protection for the stomach lining.
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.)
Another cause of dog stomach ulcers is mast cell cancer in the skin. Cancerous mast cells release histamine which leads to stomach 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 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.
Usually, a dog with stomach ulcers is put on a bland diet.
One example of a bland diet is pure unsweetened pumpkin puree with lean animal proteins, such as boiled chopped-up skinless boneless chicken breast or turkey breast.
Mix one part of pumpkin puree with one part of animal protein source (50:50 ratio). Feed the dog 3 to 6 times per day in small amounts.
Pumpkin is rich in pectin, which protects the stomach and helps soothe stomach ulcers.
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.
If at all possible, stop using ulcer-causing medications and try natural remedies first.
For example, if your dog is suffering from arthritis or allergies, and is in need of long-term medication for allergies or pain relief, try using some gentle natural pain relief or natural remedies for allergies.