Many dogs eventually suffer from gastric ulcers or peptic ulcers in the course of their lives. Skin ulcers and corneal ulcers also afflict dogs.
In dogs, gastrointestinal ulcers are not often the result of bacterial infection (as would often be the case among people). Instead, sensitivity to NSAIDs or steroids, other health traumas, kidney issues, liver toxicity, and gastritis are the more likely causes of stomach or intestinal ulcers in dogs. The first symptoms of which are likely to be continued vomiting (perhaps including blood) and weight loss.
Natural Pet Cures: A stomach ulcer requires a doctor's evaluation and probably treatment, due to the risks of a perforated ulcer. However, DGL or"Deglycyrrhizinated" Licorice Root Extract may effectively soothe the stomach and reduce damage.
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Cat's Claw, Bilberry, Slippery Elm
[YEA] 09/11/2006: Jayme from Vancouver, WA: "My toy poodle had an "infection of the stomach lining" when she was three. The symptoms were:
Vomiting (sometimes with little flecks of blood)
Now, she's ten and just had similar symptoms. Our vet didn't do much for her except tell me to "put her down." I didn't take their advice last time. This time, knowing what their "advice" would be, I decided to search what those symptoms would be called in a human. Peptic Ulcer was the result. For humans, the recommended dosage was 45 drops of each for the Cat's Claw extract and Bilberry extract as well as 2-3 Slippery Elm pills.
I did 1/3 of the dose for a human and it works like a charm. :) Advice I have for those of us who are pet guardians: Make a list of the symptoms, get an animal communicator (www.communicationswithlove.com was who I used) to talk to your animal, then search for a cure for humans rather than dogs."Replies
08/08/2009: Ingrid from Geneva, Oh replies: "The vet thinks my dog may have an ulcer. She just finished up carafate. She was on that and Pepcid 1/2 tablet twice a day for 20 days. She did pretty well. But after about a day and a half off the carafate she's been gagging and burping, also threw up a bit of water or something. I've only been giving her boiled chicken and chicken/vegetable baby food. I'm starting her on the carafate again tonight. Are there any side effects to the cat's claw, bilberry or slippery elm? My dog is 14 years old and weighs about 11 pounds.Does it cure the problem or do you keep your pet on it indefinitely? Thanks for any help!"
10/09/2009: Crazydogjack from New Castle, Pa, USA replies: "I used aloe vera juice to cure my acid reflux and ulcer issues successfully so when my dog was having acid reflux issues I did a little research and found out it was safe for animals and I've been giving him 1 oz. twice a day. He is doing great now. I read that it should be 1 oz. per 10 lbs. body weight in animals. Make sure to buy the juice and not the topical type. I always make sure it is organic too. Best of luck!"
04/08/2012: J from Washington, D.c., District Of Columbia replies: "Is it okay to buy the aloe vera plant and give him the juice directly from the plant?"