An ulcer is a discontinuity in a bodily membrane of a dog or cat and the organ of which that membrane is a part can not continue its normal functions. There are basically three types of ulcers that can occur in pets, skin, stomach and intestinal ulcers. Ulcers are an erosion of the skin and can be quite painful. The most common causes of skin ulcers in cats and dogs include trauma, burns, skin infections, autoimmune diseases and cancer. Common causes of stomach and intestinal ulcers are stress, dietary issues, corticosteroids, gastritis and shock.
How to Recognize
The most common symptoms of ulcers are vomiting and weight loss. The vomit may be contain blood.
The most common cause of ulcers in pets is bacteria. If your pet ingested medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin, they may suffer from an ulcer. Other causes include stress, liver disease, and kidney disease.
Surgery or medication is required to treat ulcers in pets.