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Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers in Cats

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The ultimate goal is to treat the underlying cause while easing the cat's symptoms. However, gastroduodenal ulcers are sometimes associated hemorrhaging, shock, or severe abdominal infection. In these cases, intensive care is required until the cat becomes stable. Fluids are given to maintain body fluid level and in some patients blood transfusion may be required to overcome deficit cause by extensive bleeding.


If the bleeding continues, your veterinarian may infuse ice water in the cat's stomach for 20 to 30 minutes to help in stopping bleeding. Surgery may be also be required in cats with perforated stomach or intestinal ulcers, or if tumors are present.


Living and Management


The complete resolution of problem depends upon the underlying cause and extent of problem. However, it is best if you do not allow the cat to move much immediately after surgery. Regular monitoring, as well as repeat follow-up examinations, are required to verify the progress of the cat. 


In cases of severe vomiting, oral feeding should be discontinued until the cat recovers. A low fat diet in small amounts will then be introduced slowly.


Never use over-the-counter pain relieving medicines in your cat without consent of veterinarian as some of these pain relievers can seriously damage the stomach wall and further aggravate ulcers. 



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