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Signs and Symptoms of Ulcers in Dogs

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
3 months ago

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. 

Stomach ulcers can be scary, but pet insurance can help give you some peace of mind by taking your mind off of finances. 

Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets. PetFirst is here for every dog and cat. From common colds to more significant health problems, pet insurance can help cover unexpected vet visits.

Already have a PetFist Insurance Policy? If you have any specific questions or concerns about ulcers and want to start a live video call with a veterinarian to discuss them, simply download the new airVet app. All calls on airVet are already covered as part of PetFirst policies.

Does your pet need coverage? You can get a free quote today and help provide the best life possible for your pet.

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