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Companion Animal Practice
Gastric Helicobacter species infection in dogs and cats
  1. Kenneth Simpson

    Kenneth Simpson graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1984. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell University in the USA. He is a diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine with clinical and research interests in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

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  2. Colin Burrows

    Colin Burrows graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1969. He is a Professor of Medicine and chairman of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. His interests include canine and feline gastrointestinal, hepatic and pancreatic disease, and canine and feline nutrition.

Abstract

THE discovery of an association between Helicobacter pylori and gastritis, peptic ulcers and gastric neoplasia has led to fundamental changes in the understanding of gastric disease in humans. Investigation of the relationship between gastric disease and Helicobacter species in other animals has resulted in the discovery of H mustelae in ferrets with gastritis and peptic ulcers, H acinonyx in cheetahs with severe gastritis and H heilmannii in pigs with gastric ulcers. The presence of gastric Helicobacter-like organisms in the stomachs of dogs and cats has been recognised for many years but the relationship between those organisms and gastric disease is unresolved. This article summarises the current knowledge of gastric Helicobacter infection in dogs and cats.

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