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Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers in Dogs



The ultimate goal is to treat the underlying cause while easing the dog's symptoms. However, gastroduodenal ulcers are sometimes associated hemorrhaging, shock, or severe abdominal infection. In these cases, intensive care is required until the dog 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 bleeding continues, your veterinarian may infuse ice water in the dog's stomach for 20 to 30 minutes to help in stopping bleeding. Surgery may be also be required in dogs 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 dog to move much immediately after surgery. Regular monitoring, as well as repeat follow-up examinations, are required to verify the progress of the dog.


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


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



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