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What is Stomach Infection With Helicobacter?

Stomach infection with Helicobacter in dogs is caused by the spiral bacteria known as Helicobacter bacteria, which comes in various forms. This spiral-shaped organism that requires oxygen has four flagella, and is also known to be the cause of stomach ulcerations and gastritis in humans. It lives in the mucus of the gastrointestinal parts of the body, attaches to white blood cells and can penetrate junctions between the cells. There are approximately 38 various Helicobacter species which have been recognized in different animals, and infected animals can have more than one species at a time. Helicobacter pylori do infect humans as well, and is one type of helicobacter bacterium. Dogs are commonly affected by other forms of Helicobacter bacteria, most commonly the gastric Helicobacter felis and the Helicobacter heilmannii.

Stomach infection with helicobacter in dogs is an infection of the stomach caused by the bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori. It is a painful, yet treatable infection that can occur in dogs of all breeds and ages.


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Symptoms of Stomach Infection With Helicobacter in Dogs

Symptoms of a dog that is infected with these bacteria are quite noticeable and need to be diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian. Symptoms include: 

  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of weight
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Malaise


There are over 38 different types of Helicobacter organisms commonly found in a variety of animals, such as cats, pigs, chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, and other primates, such as lemurs.

  • Gastric Helicobacter felis
  • Helicobacter heilmannii
  • Helicobacter rappini
  • Helicobacter salomonis

Causes of Stomach Infection With Helicobacter in Dogs

The symptoms of this infection are caused by the presence of Helicobacter Pylori in the gastrointestinal area of the dog. It is still unknown how the bacteria are transmitted, but studies have shown that there is a link between certain bodily matter and water they drink. Dogs that have a significant presence of these bacteria commonly have the following environmental factors:

  • Shelter dogs
  • Transmission of fecal matter 
  • Transmission of vomit or saliva
  • Infected water supply from surface water
  • Poor sanitary conditions or overcrowded areas

Diagnosis of Stomach Infection With Helicobacter in Dogs

Once your dog is having symptoms of a gastrointestinal disorder, a veterinarian visit is highly recommended. The medical professional will do several tests in addition to a physical exam on your companion. Bloodwork, a urinalysis, possibly a stool sample, and a biochemistry profile will be conducted. The doctor will also ask questions concerning your dog’s symptoms, such as the onset of the symptoms, the severity, and how often your dog is having episodes of vomiting, diarrhea, or other significant ailments. 

The veterinarian will do an endoscopy and will collect samples from the stomach and duodenum. He will then perform a test called brush cytology, which is the insertion of a cytology brush into the curved areas of the gastrointestinal tract. This brush collects more samples from the mucosa and is studied in the lab to check for a significant amount of the bacteria. This is a highly effective testing procedure and will lead the veterinarian to a definitive diagnosis if the spiral bacteria are present. There is also another type of test, known as the rapid urease test, which combines a sample from a biopsy placed in a container with a special dye (or gel) that will turn into a specific color if the bacteria are present.

Treatment of Stomach Infection With Helicobacter in Dogs

After the veterinarian makes the diagnosis, he will decide on a treatment plan. The most-effective treatments for H. Pylori are:


Medications, such as omeprazole, ampicillin, tetracycline, metronidazole, and bismuth are known to be very effective. At times and for different cases, these medications may be combined in various ways, as determined by the medical professional. 


Once the medication begins to take effect, the veterinarian will retest the dog to see if it is decreasing the number of Helicobacter pylori. He will also ask if the symptoms are subsiding.

Recovery of Stomach Infection With Helicobacter in Dogs

After treatment of Helicobacter pylori infections, the dog’s prognosis is generally good. As with any infection, you do not want it to persist and be left untreated. Every dog is unique and so is the response to treatment; however, if the treatment was prompt then your dog will recover just fine. It is important to listen to your veterinarian’s instructions regarding after-care and care within the home. It is also important to give your dog any medication he is receiving on time every day, and to finish the medication. The veterinarian will want to see the dog again so he can do testing and check the presence and amount of the bacteria in the stomach area.

Stomach Infection With Helicobacter Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I was tested positive for H. pylori. This year 2017. I was treated for it. I now have symptoms of it again. My dog is 11 yrs old. She is mostly indoor dog. She has a puppy pad she goes on. I clean her poop with tissues 1 to 2 times a day and yes I hate to admit it, but sometimes i forget to wash my hands. Could doing this cause me to get this type of virus from her stool? As no one else cleans her puppy pad and I have had everyone tested when i first found out. She has been tested for the senior year check up including stool. But I do not know if they tested for that type of virus? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Dogs are much less commonly affected by Helicobacter than humans, and are typically infected by a different species. They can be carriers without showing any signs, and the organism is not a significant factor in GI disease in dogs. While there have been reports of fecal-oral transmission between cats and humans, that has not been the case between dogs and humans. It is unlikely that you got this from her, but if you are very concerned, an endoscopic biopsy of her stomach would be necessary to test for the organism. I hope that you are better soon.

Thank you Dr. King. Much appreciated and helpful advice. Merry Christmas & Happy and healthy New year. Ps. I will be sharing (Wag) with all my friends and family. I am so happy I found this website.

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14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms


Medication Used

Non so far.

Can heliobacter in a dog come back. He was diagnosed with it back in 2011.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs may get reinfected with Helicobacter after treatment; some dogs live with Helicobacter bacteria in their stomach and not show symptoms. The symptoms of Helicobacter infection are common with many other conditions including other bacterial infections, viral infections, poisoning, parasites, hormonal conditions, gastric irritation etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

I have a pomerarian who is 14 years old and neutered. She vomits frothy bile very frequently in the morning. Her stools are constipated and sometimes covered / laced with purplish blood and at times with a drop of fresh blood. I have treated her for tape worms and also got her stool tested - the result was normal. Can someone advice further action?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting of frothy bile in a morning is normally attributable to an empty stomach and bile refluxing into the stomach, the bloody faeces and ‘purplish’ colour is most likely due to colitis which may be caused by infection, parasites, food allergies or stress (a visit to your Veterinarian would be needed to check). You could start by feeding Bobby in an evening before bed so that her stomach isn’t empty in the morning causing the vomiting and ensure that she is adequately hydrated. For the colitis (if it is, I cannot diagnose as I haven’t examined her) antibiotics or other medication would be needed depending on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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English bull terrier
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Stools are shiny.

My dog has been repeatedly licking her lips and swallowing, and she burps excessively. I can even hear her stomach gurgling. This happens almost exclusively at night, and she seems to be in some discomfort. I have taken her to the vet and they do not know what the problem is. They have done blood tests, ultrasound, X-rays, and now they want to do an endoscopy. They said that there might be fabric in her stomach, or a thickening of the lining in her stomach. I am seeing that some of the dogs that have these symptoms have been diagnosed with a stomach infection with helicobacter. Please tell me what you think.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From your description it sounds like it may be acid reflux (cannot say for sure without examining Izze), try to feed Izze small regular portions throughout the day so that the stomach always has a little food in their; some medications like famotidine at 0.25mg/lb twice per day may reduce the level of acid in the stomach but discuss with your Veterinarian first. Foreign objects, parasites and other issues may cause gastrointestinal issues which also may explain the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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