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Ulcers (see Helicobacter pylori Ulcers and Peptic Ulcers)

Ulcers (see Helicobacter pylori Ulcers and Peptic Ulcers)

Herbal treatments to provide relief, reduce stomach irritation and help treat H. Pylori in dogs and cats.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being. The digestive health of an animal can impact not only the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, but can also have a significant impact on other body systems including the immune system, the liver, bone marrow and adrenals.

H. Pylori are the bacteria most responsible for the occurrence of ulcers and many cases of stomach inflammation (chronic gastritis) in dogs and cats. The bacteria can weaken the protective coating of the stomach, allowing digestive juices to irritate the sensitive stomach lining.

Ulcers can appear anywhere in the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines. Ulcers are caused by a myriad of reasons including infection, corticosteroids, medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID’s) such as aspirin or ibuprofen, chemotherapy drugs, metabolic abnormalities (kidney disease), endocrine abnormalities (Addison’s disease), hypersensitivity reactions or stress. Dogs are even more susceptible than people to the ulcer-producing effects of synthetic drugs.

Ulcers also result from excessive vomiting, chronic gastritis, swallowing caustic or chemical substances and toxins, general anesthesia, mast cell tumors, a hiatal hernia, cancer of the esophagus and other forms of cancer, or reflux of gastric or intestinal juices.

Gastritis, or stomach inflammation, is related to inflammation, irritation, infection or damage to the stomach lining. This condition occurs frequently in both dogs and cats. The stomach secretes acids needed for digestion but when the lining is irritated, symptoms arise that may bring about pain and discomfort.

Parasites and viral and bacterial infections, as well as systemic diseases such as liver failure, kidney disease, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease and hypoadrenocoricism can cause chronic stomach inflammation.

H. Pylori affects both dogs and cats, and episodes may be mild to severe and may even require hospitalization. If left untreated, H. pylori may lead to more serious stomach disorders such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic gastritis and stomach cancer.

Common symptoms of H. Pylori include:

Vomiting

Nausea and belching

Blood in vomit or stool

Gas

Diarrhea

Decreased appetite and water intake

Lethargy

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H. pylori and gastritis may include the following causes: 

Eating spoiled food

Eating too fast or too much

Vigorous exercise or exercising too soon after a meal

Swallowing foreign objects or toxic chemicals such as household detergents, pesticides or fertilizer

Bacterial infection

Viral infection

Food allergies

Sudden diet changes

Intolerance to certain foods such as lactose

Anxiety, nervousness or excitement

Ingesting medications

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies function as digestive tonics while soothing and supporting the stomach lining, esophagus and entire digestive tract, to soothe stomach bloat and to provide symptomatic relief of digestive problems in the digestive tract, to soothe gastric mucus membranes and stomach bloat, to promote digestive & gastrointestinal system health and overall health and wellbeing and to reduce the imbalance in the body’s systems in dogs and cats.

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Conventional Remedies

Your veterinarian will work to determine the cause of gastritis. Sometimes additional testing which includes an abdominal ultrasound, radiograph or endoscopy may also be performed.

Patients who have H. pylori and also have an ulcer are most likely to benefit from being treated. Patients who only have heartburn or acid reflux and H. pylori are less likely to benefit from treatment. The treatment does not work in all patients.

Two different antibiotics, such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), amoxicillin, tetracycline, or metronidazole (Flagyl); Proton-pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), Tagamet, esomeprazole (Nexium) and Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol).

If your pet is suffering from a mild episode of stomach inflammation, withhold food for at least 24 hours to allow the stomach to rest. Your vet will also recommend that food and water be withheld for a certain period of time, followed by a bland diet like rice and chicken. In cases of chronic gastritis, your pet may require a change in diet permanently.

Provide water to avoid dehydration but only in small amounts. However, if symptoms persist, consult your vet immediately. Your vet will perform a thorough examination, complete blood count, biochemical profile and urinalysis. Other tests include x-rays, abdominal ultrasound, endoscopy and parvo testing on puppies. Treatment involves giving your pet water initially, then a bland diet. Some pets may require fluid and electrolyte therapy, antacids, antiemetics and gastric protectants.

 

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