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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.

Causes of Ulcers

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.

Treatment for Ulcers

Surgery or medication is required to treat ulcers in pets.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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