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What are Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers?

In order for the gastrointestinal barrier to function and protect, there are specific conditions that need to be met. Support for the mucosa comes from epithelial cells that are capable of spreading in order to cover defects in the barrier, adequate blood flow through the mucosa, and a mucus/bicarbonate layer offering protection. The three most common causes of stomach and intestinal (duodenal) ulcers in dogs are hepatic (liver) disease, use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and neoplasia (abnormal growth of cells).

The mucosa of the stomach and intestine normally offer protection from acid-induced injury. If the gastric acid secretion increases substantially, or if there is an upset in the normal protective function of the gastrointestinal mucosa, your dog may get an ulcer. Disruption to the mucosal barrier can result independently or as a result of a secondary cause.

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Symptoms of Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers in Dogs

Though some dogs with stomach or intestinal ulcers may not show symptoms, it is unusual. If your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms below, a visit to the veterinary clinic is necessary:

  • Anemia (an iron deficiency due to chronic bleeding)
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Fever
  • Vomiting; there may be the presence of blood (hematemesis)
  • Pallor of mucous membrane due to severe bleeding
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Weakness
  • Stool that appears black due to presence of blood (melena)
  • Increased salivation
  • Abdominal distention
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Shock

Causes of Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers in Dogs

If there is an excess of acid and pepsin or a breakdown in protection for the stomach and intestine, an ulcer will form. Without treatment, there is the risk of perforation of the ulcer, which can quickly lead to septic peritonitis and death. Causes of stomach and intestinal ulcers are many, some of which are listed below:

  • Gastrinoma (tumor in pancreas or duodenum)
  • Ingestion of poison or toxin
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic gastritis
  • Lymphoma
  • Adenocarcinoma (tumor in epithelial tissue)
  • Helicobacter (bacterium that causes chronic inflammation in stomach)
  • Hepatopathy (congestion in liver that results from venous congestion usually in right side heart failure)
  • Excess of extreme exercise
  • Shock
  • Hepatic disease (can cause increased gastric acid secretion and changes in mucosal blood flow)
  • Corticosteroids used for spinal disease, renal disease or stress
  • NSAID use can cause direct damage to the stomach and intestinal mucosa

Diagnosis of Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers in Dogs

After a physical examination and collection of notes on your pet’s medical history, the veterinarian will suggest a urinalysis and liver function test to look for liver disease. It's important to understand that a complete blood count as well as a full serum chemistry profile may reflect secondary causes for the ulcer. Another test which may be ordered is the adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulation test to check your pet’s adrenal glands.

Imaging tests, such as radiograph, will not accurately identify an ulcer but will rule out instances like an obstruction. An ultrasound may be able to identify a gastrointestinal mass, but gas may interfere with the image.

The best test to diagnose a stomach or intestinal ulcer or lesion is the gastroscopy. With this type of test, the veterinarian can view the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, and colon. After viewing, choosing to do a biopsy must be carefully considered because of the risk of perforation of the ulcer. Sometimes, a surgical biopsy is necessary. A test of the PH of the gastric fluid may be done as well.

Treatment of Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers in Dogs

The veterinarian will explain that treating the underlying cause of the ulcers is an important part of the medical care required to heal your pet. In the meantime, immediate care will begin with intravenous fluids if necessary, depending on the present condition of your dog.

Antidotes, such as Cimetidine, will be given to reduce gastric acidity. Preventing more damage to the mucosa is very important so steps will be taken to ensure this happens, including more prescriptions of medication. It should be noted that the drugs may need to be given for a period of six to eight weeks.

Antacids and additional drugs aimed at promoting healing must be given on a frequent basis in order to prevent the return of the previous gastric acidity. Careful scheduling of all medications is a must because some must be taken without food or other drugs in the system.

If bacteria is a concern, antibiotics will be prescribed as well. If there is the unfortunate circumstance of life-threatening hemorrhaging due to the ulcers, or if the ulcers cannot be dealt with through medical therapy and medication alone, surgery will be needed.

Recovery of Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers in Dogs

As with all recovery protocol, rest and quiet are always recommended upon return home from the clinic. As stress can irritate and contribute to ulcers, a comfortable spot for your dog to lie, in a room away from the normal busyness of home, is highly suggested.

The veterinarian will advise on the regimen for feeding after treatment or surgery. Drinking water must be accessible at all times. Small meals, several times throughout the day may be the suggestion, in order to put less pressure on the stomach and intestine.

You should expect to see some sort of improvement in your dog within a few days, but keep in mind that recovery from an ulceration can take up to a few weeks. The prognosis is good (as long as the underlying cause can be resolved) for stomach and intestinal ulcers that can be treated with medication. If there has been liver or kidney complications, the prognosis may be more guarded. If there are abnormal cell growth or tumors, the end result will depend upon the eradication of the masses, if possible, and the health status of your pet upon the discovery of the ulcers.

Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

russell
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements

Medication Used

prednisone

I have a 2yr old lab that has had soft stool for most of his life, we have treated for Champlobacter sp? changed foods several times, discovered he has a minor B12 deficency, did an ultrasound and he has some thickening of the lower intestine, had him tested for allergies to which he has enviromental allergies to dust, mold, and dandelion. He is currently on shots for his allergies, probiotics, B12 shots and predisone. So far nothing has really changed much still has soft stool(mud) but has not been watery since the prednisone. Dog drinks a lot of water, has never been itchy, has a great coat, and is otherwise healty. I just feel like the vet is missing something.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Without examining Russell I cannot say or begin to start to diagnose a complex issue like this, however you should look into conditions like exocrine pancreatic insufficiency which may result in similar symptoms to which Russell is presenting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/exocrine-pancreatic-insufficiency www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/the-exocrine-pancreas/exocrine-pancreatic-insufficiency-in-small-animals

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Vega
Pit bull
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue
Tar like stool
Vomiting
Loss of Appetite

It's Saturday night now and I'm wondering if I need to find an emergency room or if there is something I can do to help her until Monday morning. Should I try to feed her pumpkin? Is there anything I should be giving her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
The main question here is why is Vega presenting with these symptoms? Gastric ulcers, poisoning, foreign objects, internal diseases among other causes may lead to the symptoms being presented with. You should try to keep Vega hydrated and feed small portions of boiled chicken and rice; however, if she is in a bad condition you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian since perforations can be fatal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Minnie has been having blood clot coming from her mouth. My vet said she might have a bleeding ulcer. He gave me meds but what can I feed her that will help. Also will this go away or do I not have much time left with her.....

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Hugo
Mutt
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety
discomfort
Nausea

Medication Used

Omeprazole
Sucralfate

My dog has a history of stomach ulcers. He is now having episodes every day as frequently as three times a day. He is frantic, licking the carpet, eating grass and dirt in an attempt to coat his stomach. The other day i caught him tearing off a piece of a plastic wrapper and eating it. It's at the point where i am afraid to leave him unattended. He also does not like to use the potty in the backyard and usually has to be walked to go number 2. We have had him on acid reducers on and off for months, changed his diet several times, and no longer give him any treats or occasional table scraps. Sometimes the pills work and sometimes they don't.
Since we cannot afford to take him to the vet and pay thousands of dollars in tests we have decided after doing some research to put him on a active regimen of Sucralfate and Omeprazole. My question is what is the best schedule for these two medications and should i change his feeding times to correlate? I read online that you must give a dog with active ulcers Sucralfate 4 times a day to provide adequate protection to the ulcer?
So would a good daily routine be...
Sucralfate once in the a.m., following breakfast and Omeprazole 2 hrs later
Sucralfate around 11/noon & again at 5pm
following dinner and Omeprazole 2 hrs later
Sucralfate once more before bedtime.

Also, are there any other medication you would suggest?

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Desiree

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It is unusual for such a young dog to be having so many stomach problems. Without examining Hugo and knowing more about his health status, I can't recommend any medications for him. You can either call or visit your veterinarian and get their advice on the Omeprazole/Sucralfate combination without spending 1000's of dollars - let them know that financially, that isn't an option, and that you would like to try medical therapy. They will understand, and will be able to guide you in the use of those medications, if they are appropriate. I hope that things improve for Hugo.

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Dulcie
Pointer
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nausea

Medication Used

Sucralfate

My dog is having restless episodes, eating grass and licking the carpet. I figured she was nauseous. Her mouth was quite damp with saliva for her. The vet gave us Sucralfate and Pepcid AC as well as Cerenia. I used the Cerenia as instructed (once every 24 hours) for two days. I stopped that and kept with the Sucralfate and Pepcid AC - she also had a total diet change which has helped. She seems to have improved but still has an episode of restlessness, eating grass and licking the carpet approximately once every 6-7 days. Last week I resorted to giving her one of the Cerenia pills (she was calm and not eating grass within an hour or so of having the pill). She is having a minor episode tonight - some eating grass but is a bit quieter and not so frantic - was thinking of just giving her pepcid AC and seeing if that would help. I wonder if she gets an Endoscopy and is diagnosed with Ulcers, will the very drugs she is on be prescribed or others? She has never vomited in these episodes and is very interested in eating. Her stools seem okay too. SO it's not an emergency but she is definitely uncomfortable. I want to keep this from becoming worse. She had a geriatric panel and all values were normal. Do I keep on with what I'm doing - controlling her diet and giving the meds as needed or do I go ahead with an endoscopy etc - it has been priced at over $800 in my area and I will spend it if I have to but not sure if that is the right route for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
If gastric ulcers are diagnosed, then the treatment is pretty much the same with Pepcid (famotidine) (or other H2-receptor blockers - Pepcid seems to be best), sucralfate (or other cytoprotective medications) or proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole etc…) may be used. Moving over to a bland diet for a week may help and continue with the current treatment plan to see if there is any improvement in symptoms; when symptoms improve slowly wean across to the new food, discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-stomach-and-intestines-in-small-animals/gastrointestinal-ulcers-in-small-animals

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Bailey
beagl
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

wont eat due to regergetating

My 7 year old Beagle was taken to the hospital
on Sat. crying in pain in the abdomen when touched. They did lab work,ultrasound. xrays, all are normal. He was put on a pain drip with other solutions. As of this am, he is not eating but regurgitating. He seems much better since Sat, but not eating. The vet is starting treatment today for an ulcer. I'm concerned about his not eating. they are taking him off the pain drip and switching to oral.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without knowing more details or being able to examine Bailey, I have a hard time commenting on what is going on with him. Since he is at the veterinary hospital, it would be a good idea to talk to the veterinarian taking care of him if you have other questions about how he is doing and what they expect with treatment. I hope that he does well.

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Murphy Brown
Mutt
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

anorexia
Gas
Lethargy
Vomiting

Medication Used

Pepcid
cerenia

My 1.5 year old rescue (Border Terrier/Tibetan Terrier mutt) has been getting sick consistently since we got her a few months ago. In the middle of the night, she'll vomit, and then her stomach makes extremely loud gurgling sounds for the next 6+ hours. During this time, she is lethargic and refuses food and water. Once she recovers enough to take food, we feed her small portions, but the process starts all over again. Her blood work is perfect, her parasites are gone, and she has only had diahhrea twice (with a bit of blood). A former X-ray showed huge pockets of air trapped in her intestine. Thinking it was a food intolerance, we've tried chicken and rice, percription I/D, and homemade white fish with sweet potato, but the results are always the same. We've eliminated everything -- treats, trash from sidewalks, bones, toys, you name it -- so thinking the problem is internal. She's been on anti-nausea pills that help her regain her appetite a bit, and antacids that don't seem to be doing much. We are at our wits end and need some advice. She has lost a frightening amount of weight. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It is difficult to determine a cause for the symptoms you are describing when other causes have been ruled out already; you should look into giving Murphy Brown some digestive enzymes (or a few chunks of raw pancreas) to see if they help with digestion and gaining weight. If this doesn’t help, I would suggest visiting a Specialist to get a thorough examine to determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

please see my above comment on EPI. this is how we saved our girl. hope it helps you.

we had the exact same thing happen w our 3 yr old chinese crested dog. she had chronic diarrhea sometimes w blood. occasional vomit. she lost a lot of weight but was always hungry. no one knew what to do for her or how to get her better. I researched EPI. I asked if I could give her the protocol for epi. which includes pancreatic enzyme powder, switched diet to low fiber and protein and give b12 injections weekly. after a couple weeks of this treatment her diarrhea is under control! no more vomiting. we fed her double the amount of food 3 x day. she gained her 4 lbs back pretty quickly. she was 12 lbs and got down to 8. it was very scary. please see enzyme dianne’s site. she has tons of info on epi and sells the enzymes cheaper than the vet. I hope this helps. none of our vets knew about epi. we have to be our dogs health advocate bc no one else will. good luck to all.

Murphy,

We have been going through the EXACT same thing with our Italian Greyhound for the last 3 years. He gets up in the middle of the night and vomits. A lot of the time its bright red blood and then follows either bright red diarrhea or black diarrhea. We have had an endoscope done, tons of blood work, seen specialists and no one seems to know why this happens. He is losing so much weight and for 3 years all we are doing is treating the symptoms with a ton of medications.

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C
Havanese
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I have a dog 15 lbs havanee age 13 yrs old, health baby. I gave him a 1/2 tablet of alevee for pain on Sunday night and the other half on Monday morning. I saw he vomited on Sunday night it was brownish (not sure if it was blood) 2x, and then 2x on Monday. He is now at the vet. They took blook work and that was ok, they said his stomach hurt (but when he was with me he didnt show signs of his stomach hurting and he looks sad. (Oh course he going to be sad he in a cage by himself.) So the vet wanted to keep him overnight or 2 nights to make sure his intestine doesn't have a hole and he doesn't have kidney failure. He has good sprites, alert, but he was I guess the best way is to describe he was doing alot like in yoga the cat stretches. He ate a hamburger with white rice 80% more rice. Now the vet called this morning and said he hasn't vomited but then again they haven't feed him. The last time he ate was 7pm last night and they gave him meds and fluids they are going to do an exam and talk to his night Dr. Do you think it would be safe for me to take him home today and give him his meds or should I let him stay and extra day. Please advise me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Aleve (naproxen) has a very narrow therapeutic margin and most commonly causes the symptoms which you have described and in severe cases leads to acute kidney failure and death. Without examining C and seeing his blood results, I cannot say whether or not he can go home; your Veterinarian will guide you on C’s recovery and will say if they feel the worst is over or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/naproxen/

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Lucky
Labrador Retriever
13 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 13 yo lab was diagnosed with stomach ulcerations last night. He started in meds this morning (Sucralfate 1g every 8 hrs and Omeprozole every 12 hrs). He ate breakfast and lunch and kept it down. His gums seemed pinker than last night too. Now he won’t eat or drink anything at all - since 2 this afternoon (it’s now 11:00) and pretty lethargic. He had a bowel movement this morning and has urinated 3 times. His gums are very light pink now. Am I overreacting and need to let the medication start working or should I call the doctor in the AM if he still won’t eat or drink? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
If Lucky doesn’t start eating anytime soon like in the morning, I would contact your Veterinarian to determine whether based on what they know from examining Lucky do you need to bring him in. Sometimes a loss of appetite may be just due to pain or discomfort in the stomach or elsewhere or due to something more serious; without seeing Lucky I cannot say. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosco
Basset hound mix short hairsheep dog
13 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weightloss,constanthunger,colorstool

Why is Rosco staying so skinny,I've treated him for worms,but I don't think this is the problem.He is active&happy but acts like he is starving all the time.He poops a lot and sometimes it's black and hard and sometimes it's regular brown color,sometimes it is a dark bloody mucus.Can you please help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various reasons for a dog to be skinny which may include parasites (protozoa - not worms), other infections, malabsorption syndromes, poor food quality, hormonal conditions, liver disease, pancreatic disorders and the list continues; the black faeces and the bloody faeces are concerning and indicate a bleed in the gastrointestinal tract. This would be a case of visiting your Veterinarian for another examination to determine an underlying cause as treatment is different for the different causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr Callum Turner I appreciate you taking the time to help with my question.I will get him to the vet.asap.Thank you again

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Simba
Pekinese
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

hypothyroid
yellow foam
gurguling
Yellow bile

Medication Used

cerina
Levothyroxine

My dog has had stomach gurgling for about a year it goes on and off sometimes every 4 weeks, or 4-6 weeks, he is 11 years old, and he has a low thyroid problem that we just discovered. The normal thyroid number is 18 and his one tested 9 so he is now on Levothyroxine one tablet in the morning and one at night, to sooth his gurgling issue, the vet gives him 16mg cernia tablet and the gurgling stops.

We did an ultrasound for him and he has a thickened duodenum, and gallstones (needs to be removed), all other abdominal ultrasound scans are normal (liver, kidney, pancreas) the GI has normal thickness except for the thickened duodenum, blood tests are normal, we did a few blood tests, full blood count, stool test, all is normal, he doesn't have diarrhea and he doesn't throw up his food. The only thing that showed up in his blood test is the hypothyroid is low

The gurgling issue starts either by hearing the gurgling or he vomits foam/yellow bile or foam mixed together then the gurgling starts, we give him cerina and he recovers within a day, this has been going on for a year now,

Things that set the gurgling off is treats, sometimes cheese as he loves cheese and this is how we hide his hypothyroid meds, we have been trying to eliminate foods that starts these gurgling but Im getting worried now after seeing the ultrasound report and would like an opinion on his case, what does this thickened duodenum mean with the above symptoms hes been showing, should I be worried?

We just started him on food recommended by the vet, he eats cooked chicken we boil at home alone with this dog biscuits supplied by the vet.

We have been trying to eliminate foods that hurt him and he's been eating chicken all his life.

I cant find anything online to give me an indication of his symptoms and its not very straight forward and I don't know where to look and who to ask so any advice is much appreciated,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
I noticed you posted this question twice on two different pages, but all questions on this site come through to me. There are many issues which may affect the duodenum, stomach or remainder of the gastrointestinal tract; food sensitivity, allergies, foreign objects, infection, cancer, medication side effects among many other issues. You should stop feeding the treats and cheese and should find an alternative method of giving Simba his medication (may include the simple push tablet to the back of the throat until he swallows method); eliminating the treats and other foods which cause the gurgling will stop the vomiting, I know it is nice to give treats to your loved one but they are not doing any favours for him in the long term. I cannot think about anything related to the thyroid issues which may be having an effect here. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/stomach-and-intestinal-inflammation

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thunder
German Shepherd
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Nausea
Tired
Dehydrated

ok so my dog was taking this pain medicine and has become sick I took him to the emergency care where they have him on a feeding tube plus an iv and they are telling me he could have an ulcer

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Some NSAIDs may cause gastrointestinal ulceration especially when used long term, a diagnosis of gastric ulcers would be based on history (NSAID treatment) and symptoms (other tests may be used). Without examining Thunder, I cannot give you any specifics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bryce
Golden Retreiver
11.5
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Medication Used

Prednisone 40 mg daily

11 yo golden retriever being treated for brain tumor, on 40 mg prednisone for 3.5 months now and stable. Appetite has decreased over past 2 days and last night vomited food and large amount of blood.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Vomiting of large amounts of blood is concerning and you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian to have Bryce checked over; vomiting blood isn’t a side effect of the medication so there may be something else going on with Bryce which should be checked out. Infections, ulcers, tumours, foreign objects, poisoning among other causes may cause vomiting of blood; I strongly recommend you visit a Veterinarian as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. I know that long term use of higher doses of prednisone can cause stomach ulceration, so am thinking that may be what's happening.

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Mickey
Pomeranian
11years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool and vomits cough
Blood In Stool

My dog has been vomiting from the last two days and blood can be seen in his stools. Vet has given him glucose and advised us not to feed him for a day. What could be the reason for his sudden ill health and what should we do now?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for the symptoms you are describing which may include infection, parasites, colitis, pancreatitis, poisoning, foreign objects as well as gastrointestinal ulceration (usually secondary to another condition). Your Veterinarian would want you to withhold food to sort of ‘reset’ the gastrointestinal tract and then to reintroduce food using a bland diet. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Darwin
Yellow Lab
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

ulcers
peritonitis
black stool

Medication Used

Meloxicam

My 5 year old yellow lab, Darwin, had ACL surgery one week ago and was prescribed Meloxicam as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. 5 days later he was diagnosed with septic peritonitis and went into emergency surgery. An hour into surgery the vet called and explained that there were ulcers and perforations found that were too close to vital stomach ducts to remove all of the ulceration. The only option, besides putting him down, was to remove as much of the ulceration as possible and hope that he recovers on his own and with the help of meds. I have searched far and wide for success stories related to not being able to remove all of the ulceration, and haven't found anything. I don't want to have false hope if it is unlikely that he will have a successful recovery. It is extremely difficult not to get our hopes up when yesterday (one day post surgery), he looked so good. The doctor explained that they flushed his abdomen of infected fluid and that is likely the cause for him looking well. Darwin is my 9 year old daughter's dog, and is the love of her life. My fear is that she will go through this emotional roller coaster of extreme lows (bringing him in for surgery) to false highs (no tears while visiting him yesterday, as he appeared "normal"), only to have to realize that he is still dying.

I guess I'm looking for past experience with this so that I know that there either is or isn't hope. Also, can the ulcers have come on that suddenly due to the Meloxicam, or were they likely present well before? I spoke of my concern for my daughter, but as a 40 year old man, I'm failing to cope with this as well. Any insight you can provide is much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Ben

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Stomach ulcers are not uncommon in dogs and some dogs have chronic problems which may be asymptomatic; meloxicam may cause gastrointestinal ulceration as well as exasperating old ulcers as well. I understand your position and you are wishing to prepare your daughter for as little heartache as possible but there are many variables and the prognosis is overall guarded from your description; I haven’t examined Darwin so I cannot give you a full professional opinion, but I would start positioning Darwin’s condition to her in a way that she is aware of the severity of his condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
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Jacky
Bommerian
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting with diarrhea..

My 9 months old dog is continuously vomiting with diarrhea in last week and I have visited for a treatment they put 2 injection per day upto 3 days..now he is better..but not at all eating anything...only drinking lot of water...My dad gave small amount of milk today..Again diarrhea started with blood..Really worring..please advice..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Giving milk to dogs is always a 50:50 as it causes gastric upset in many dogs and may just cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs with an empty stomach. If you are trying to get Jacky to eat, it would be best to try with boiled chicken and rice which wouldn’t irritate the stomach; but if the diarrhoea with blood has started again it would be best to visit your Veterinarian again to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emma Jean
Mixed
13 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody diarrhea
Vomiting blood and bloody stool

Medication Used

Saline and metronidazole

My female dog had since day one and now 13 1/2 passed away sudapril Saturday April 15 2017 . She started throwing up Friday evening and later had diarrhea. She got sick quite bit through the night and was very restless....Saturday morning she was still puking but not much. bit the next time went outside it was full of blood. she came back inside and I started making calls... no one would see her without 500 down..She was laying down in the kitchen looking at me like she was just somewhere else...I made her some rice which she never touched... It wasn't long before she headed out again... This time I could sees it from the house her still was total blood...I freaked..... After driving around for an hour and half trying to reach a vet that would see her took her to an Er clinic and she wasn't rushed in at all... Took so looking to get her seen that she threw up blood in waiting area... Bad odor... so once they got her back they did a blood test and found she was very dehydrated...I couldn't afford leave over night but the vet said plan b was to inject saline under the skin..shot of antibiotics and some of this metromycin or whatever it's called. The vet was fairly certain it was HGE as she had been testing many dogs with this and the cause is unknown... if she was not better by morn she would need to be seen again for more testing and look at her liver and possible ulcer... an hour after we're home she was very restless and had another still that was extremely fowl and much of it... She was laying there after it was cleaned up and not more than 10 min later checked her and her mouth was wide open and her head did 2 jerks and I looked and she had hemorrhaged to death....OMG... I'm so lost and confused.... my sis says it was prob a bleeding ulcer and i can't help but think I stressed her to death because of all the craziness have been through..... What happened to Emma jean...it was so sudden....im sick sick sick over this...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Condolences on your loss, it is traumatic when you lose a loved one but even more when the circumstances are like this. It does sound like Emma Jean had hemorrhagic gastroenteritis or a severe poisoning event. As your Veterinarian mentioned, the etiology of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is unknown but is suspected to be linked to an infection with Clostridium perfringens. Other possible causes may have been severe liver or kidney failure, hormonal conditions, poisoning (as I already mentioned), tumours or gastrointestinal ulceration. I cannot say the cause of Emma Jean’s death, a necropsy would be able to give you more answers. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much for spending time trying to read my sorry... it means alot to me just wish Ii of had shine short of notice so I could of sight your advice sooner and maybe between able to save her... it doesn't take the pain Ii from losing my best friend/child. I'm traumatized by it all there no doubt.... and just like that my baby girl is gone!!!! There are 4 other dogs at my sister's and they all are ok and don't believe it was poisoning...i just hate that i didn't notice any signs of this.... I'm so sorry Emma Jean... your mommy loves you and you will ALWAYS be the bestest puppy in the whole wide world!!! RIP. 11/27/2004-04/15/2017....😪😥

I am so sorry for the loss of Emma Jean may she rest in ☮️

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Roxford
Toy Poodle
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Diarrhea
Dehydration
blood stool

Medication Used

Tylan

My vet feels my dog has a stomach ulcer. He has gone from a gassy gurgling tummy, to a few drops of blood in his poop, to his stool now being bloody and what seems like thick tissue-like material. My Vet still is not considering this dire. He is dehydrated I am giving sub-q but only have enough needles for 3 days. She told me to get an ultrasound and keep feeding him Tylan. I feel like an endoscopy would be better and more effective and to skip the ultrasound all together. I am scared I am going to lose my dog to this- do I have time to schedule an appointment or is this something I need to go to ER Vet to do immediately? Which should be done ultrasound or endooscopy? Thank you for the wisdom and help. We have been thick bloody stool for a week now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Generally blood in the faeces caused by stomach ulcers is black due to being digested, if the blood is fresh (red) it most probably comes from the lower gastrointestinal tract. If you are noticing blood and what looks like body tissue, I would get an ultrasound done as soon as possible was an endoscope will only go so far whereas an ultrasound can cover the whole abdomen; if you can take a sample of the blood, tissue, faeces to the Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blanchette
Griffon Bruxellois
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

pain killer and antibiotic

My 4 year old bitch, Blanchette was spayed on 1st of october. She passed away on 2nd of october after 36 hours. She was breathing heavily for hours and even had blood spots from her mouth after sneezing, and would not want to lie down. She was in standing position for 26 hours before she passed away. I wanted to know what might be the cause of her death. I saw 2 vets, they told me they have never heard of this symptoms and that it might be drugs reaction. Please help. I am always crying since she left.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Condolences on your loss. It is always traumatic to lose a loved one, especially after a routine operation. All surgery carries a level of risk (even in young healthy animals) which is mitigated by advances in anaesthetics and peri-operative care; however, on rare occasions reactions to anaesthetics, antibiotics or pain medication may cause an adverse reaction which may present itself in numerous ways. Breathing difficulties and the standing posture may have been due to a pain since a standing position (while putting most pressure on the surgical wound) would have relieved pressure on the ovarian peduncle, for example. I can only theorise about the cause of Blanchette’s death, but unfortunately I cannot give you any definitive answers. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zephii
Basenji
16 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly rear gait
Incontinence

Medication Used

Omeprazole
Cimetidine

My 16+ year Basenji bitch had a gastric ulcer with haematemesis and Melaena 6 months ago, which has been successfully treated.
I would like to restart her Vitofyllin, which I stopped when she was ill.
I am however concerned that the data sheet lists vomiting as a side effect.
Would it therefore be I advisable to give her this medication
I would be grateful for any advice you can give me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Vitofyllin (Propentofylline) like all medication lists side effects which may or may not occur; for Vitofyllin the side effects are allergic skin reactions, vomiting and cardiac disturbances which occur on rare occasions. I haven’t examined Zephii or seen her notes from her Veterinarian so I am unable to give specific advice on her medical treatment; but generally administration of Vitofyllin may continue as long as there are no known sensitivities to the active ingredient (Propentofylline) and that Zephii has good renal, cardiac and respiratory function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a question. My dog is vomiting digested blood, looks like diahrea in texture but very tar colored. The only abnormal reading on the blood work was her hemoglobin which was high. The doctor said her vomiting is from pancreatitis, but I looked at the results and her lipase was normal. Cannot find cpli....I cannot find anywhere pancreatitis in early stage causing bloody vomit. She is 4 years old and overall has a good diet. Has gotten into trash a number of times. Should I push for ulcer testing? They gave her an antacid and antibiotics per my request.

I have a hard time trusting vets with my experiences.

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Chicki
lhasa apso
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lethargic unable to walk

My dog is infected wid E.caniinHe h's had severe gastris nd has loss of appetite. He is also not taking me liquids..His kidney function is also not okay..In India the vet services r my very good.bt still v r going every day to the hospital for his treatment. .He is being given Inj. Vitamin k Inj rantac inj stemetil inj lasix inj multivitamin inj Enrofloxacin inj amoxicillin nd some injection for his liver.plus he is also getting 200ml of Rl nd 100ml 25D .He is 11yrs old.he Was vomiting coffee coloured vomitus around 2ml 2 days bck..BT be he is nt. .today after 10 days he passed stool BT tht ws coffee coloured too and 10ml. .The doctor nw plans to start doxycycline 50mg for further treatment. .Please help we r really very worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

By E. canis I am assuming Ehrlichia canis and not Eimeria canis. Doxycycline is the treatment of choice for Ehrlichiosis; along with doxycycline, supportive care to replace lost fluids and nutrients is important. Treatment with doxycycline should be for ten days to six weeks depending on severity along with the supportive care. Also, both tetracycline and imidocarb have shown some success in treating Ehrlichiosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miella
Toy Poodle
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No bowel movement
Refusal to drink
Pain
Refusal to Eat
Vomiting

Miella is a 14 1/2 yr old 9lb toy poodle and had a reaction to Metacam used for a cervical spine compression. After the 2nd dose she vommitted clear and yellow foamy liquid for 2 days and was clearly in discomfort and pain. I discontinued the NSAID and gave her an antacid (Pepsin). She has refused food for 2days and water for the past day. I am giving her oatmeal,chicken broth through a syringe and pumpkin through a syringe as well. More or less giving her no choice. She is in less pain and more alert today but still refusing to eat. She has not had a bowel movement in 3 days. Should I feed her or let her continue to go w/o food?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Pepsin is an enzyme which breaks down protein and is an active participant in the formation of gastric ulcers; Pepcid contains famotidine which is an antacid which is used to reduce ulceration and acid reflux in humans as well as dogs; please make sure you’re giving the correct product, Pepcid should be given an hour before food at a dose of 1mg/lb body weight. Feeding a bland diet of chicken and rice will help calm the stomach and hopefully the appetite will come back, if you don’t see any improvement in a day or so I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Spelling correction: Pepcid is the antacid she is taking.

Should I force feed her with a syringe? Or wait until she takes it freely from my hand?

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Gibson
mixed husky/cattle dog
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Regurgitating
Nauseated
Vomiting

Hello,
My puppy, Gibson, a little over 4 months old now, has been through so much the past 3 and a half weeks.
Gibson had a partial obstruction, he first started vomiting during week 1, he would once a day and so I put him on chicken and rice, and this seemed to stop the problem. Then 3 days later he got sick and started vomiting blood (coffee grounds) and had dark bloody stool, took him in right away. He had a partial obstruction that took about a week to pass (three vet visits and 3 sets of xrays to make sure) i found rocks in his stool. Bloody stool has subsided but he hasn't stopped getting sick, vomiting and regurging. And he has been on and off three weeks after the rocks passed, but last friday he started getting really sick (vomiting and lethargic) so I took him to a new vet with ultrasound. There are no obstructions just an extremely inflamed intestinal track from top to bottom. They just think there are ulcers so he was on fluids for another few days, and is still on medical watch. and if he vomits again we are going to do an endoscopy. He is on antibiotics (third round) probiotics anti acid anti nausea and carafate. Could this be something other than Ulcers? I feel like something congenital could be going on, and that's what one vet has said too. I'm trying to do everything i can to get him healthy but every time I bring him home from the vet and he's off of fluids for a few days he gets sick again and that's why he is a medical watch, and he hasn't gotten into anything since the rocks. I crate him and even take him to work with me. Do you think this is the right route to be taking? Do you have any other thoughts of what it could be? thanks for your input in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Congenital disorders are a possibility, but also it is possible that there was damage to the gastrointestinal tract which he consumed the rocks leading to scar tissue or other problems. There may be ulcers, either primary or secondary; but without endoscopy you cannot know for 100%. It seems like Gibson is on medical management for ulcers now, but if there is no improvement further diagnostics would be required. Without examining Gibson, I cannot really add anything more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Evie
Cavapoo
1year 6 months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Black Stool
Vomiting blood
Vomiting

My pup Evie has been vomiting blood on and off for the past month and she has a a few black tar like stools. I've taken her to the vet twice. They took a fecal analysis, blood work, and x-rays and everything came up negative. They keep guessing and seem like they have no idea what's going on. I have changed her food and it doesn't seem like anything is working. I'm getting really worried and have no idea what to do or what may be making her sick. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few possible causes, but if you haven’t tried already; give Evie 0.25mg/lb of Pepcid twice per day to see if there are any improvements. Otherwise, endoscopy would be the next step to visualise any problems in the stomach or oesophagus. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cleo
Labrador Retriever
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

Medication Used

Metacam
Amoxicillin

My dog had a bump removed from her leg, it was a simple operation (the vet compared it to removing a bad pimple) she's on a pain killer and an antibiotic and the vet said a side effect could possible be diarrhea and vomiting. She has been throwing up at least once a day so we have been feeding her smaller meals throughout the day. Her appetite has been great (she's a lab) and she has been drinking lots of water. Today her diarrhea was a normal colour but it looked like there was blood in it. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

One of the side effects of Metacam (meloxicam) is gastrointestinal bleeding which may lead to blood in the stool. If this occurs you should stop giving Metacam and visit your Veterinarian for evaluation to see if treatment should continue or if Cleo should be moved to a different pain medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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buster
Beagle
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Active
Lost appetite
thirsty also tired more than usual
Lethargic

Medication Used

Amoxicillin
Cerenia tablets

My 10 year old dog has been depressed the last couple of weeks. He used to eat two full meals now he only eats maybe once a day. He doesn't get up as much as before. he was throwing up in the mornings but that has stopped. I took him to the vet last week and they x-rayed his stomach and found no blockage. they gave him amoxicillin but it had not helped.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is possible that Buster has some intolerance to food causing him to loose his appetite or irritate his stomach. Try to feed him a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice and if you see some improvement in appetite move Buster to a sensitive diet and continue to monitor his food intake and symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moon
American Eskimo
15 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

coughing blood

What type of medication would my dog take to treat a stomach ulcer?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The cause of coughing up blood maybe due to intestinal ulcers or to a respiratory tract bleed. If the cause is due to intestinal ulcers, then famotidine (Pepcid) or cimetidine would reduce the level of acid in the stomach; then giving a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice would prevent stomach irritation, after a few days slowly reintroduce Moon’s regular food. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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