Acid Reflux In Dogs & Cats: Treatment, Symptoms & Natural Remedies

Acid Stomach (Reflux) in Dogs and Cats
heart disease in dogs and cats

“My 9 year old Welsh Springer Spaniel mix, Max, didn't have much of an appetite and would frequently vomit. He would often rush out to eat grass and then vomit afterwards. I was worried because he was thin and it was like he had acid reflux. I followed the Ask Ariel diet program while using supplements such as Gastro ULC, Power Probiotic and Soothing Digestive Relief. l really wasn't expecting much because I had made prior changes before and those hadn’t worked. Within just a few days, Max stopped eating grass and his vomiting stopped. Max is now at a healthy weight and it is so nice to see him so happy to eat his meals." - Karen, Orange County California

Acid Reflux In Dogs & Cats: Symptoms & Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies For Acid Reflux & Heartburn In Dogs And Cats

Treating Acid Reflux in Dogs and Cats Naturally

Cats and dogs can get heartburn and acid stomach just like people do. It's painful and symptoms can be hard to detect. You may hear gulping noises, loud stomach gurgling or your dog may be rushing to eat grass and vomiting afterward. But a lot of times, the symptoms of heartburn in cats and dogs may be more subtle (such as not wanting to eat as much in the morning) and the condition may go undetected for some time.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the backflow of stomach acid and intestinal fluids into the esophagus. The fluids can damage the lining of the esophagus, causing inflammation and discomfort. What causes acid reflux and heartburn in cats and dogs? It is typically caused by poor digestion, food intolerances or allergies, hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid), intestinal dysbiosis and bowel disorders.

Acid reflux and GERD can be very painful, but the good news is that with diet changes and a few natural home remedies for acid reflux, your pet can get much needed relief quickly.

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Symptoms of Acid Reflux & Heartburn in Dogs and Cats

Since your pet cannot tell you specifically that their tummy is burning, here are some symptoms of acid reflux to watch for:

  • Lack of appetite, especially in the morning
  • Vomiting bile, hairballs or small amounts of food
  • Coughing (pets with collapsed trachea often ave acid reflux)
  • Grass eating or vomiting after eating grass
  • Gulping or loud gurgling noises
  • Hunching over after eating
  • Licking or smacking of the lips

Cat and Dog Heartburn & Acid Reflux Home Remedies

  • Use natural, veterinary-approved supplements for dog heartburn treatment to give your pet fast relief from acid stomach and GERD. Antacids may provide temporary relief, but the real problem is poor digestion caused by food and intolerances. Many cats and dogs with heartburn and acid reflux do well eating a limited fat and protein diet and by having multiple small meals throughout the day. Once your pet's stomach feels more comfortable, the symptoms should be greatly reduced and the appetite will return to normal. On the Ask Ariel order form at checkout, if you provide your pet's diet, our nutritionist will include FREE diet tips on the packing slip that comes with your order!

Power Probiotic - Our probiotic is multi-strain, backed by research and proven to help your pet's digestive symptoms. It can help improve your pet's appetite by easing the pain of stomach acid. Power Probiotic has many benefits such as improved immune function, enhanced digestion, and better stool formation. Especially important to use if your pet has been on antibiotics or steroids. Safe for puppies and kittens. Easy to administer - many pets love the taste. Open the capsule and sprinkle on food!

Gastro ULC - All natural herbal acid relief formula that helps to relieve stomach acid pain quickly. The time-tested mineral and herbs heal and coat the stomach lining, reduce inflammation in the GI tract and enhance the natural digestive process. Licorice root contains anti-inflammatory and immune boosting glycyrrhizic acid which can suppress the toxic bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) from growing in the gut. Mastic gum has antibacterial properties that can also kill off H. pylori and ease the symptoms of IBD. L-glutamine is an amino acid that supports intestinal health by protecting the mucous membranes that prevent bacterial infection during digestion. Use Gastro ULC to calm heartburn and acid stomach.

Soothing Digestive Relief - Calms and soothes the digestive tract. Contains scientifically proven ingredients such as papaya leaf and marshmallow root to protect and soothe the mucosal membrane in the stomach and digestive tract. Also contains a blend of digestive enzymes to help stimulate the breakdown and metabolization of food. Well tolerated by even the most sensitive dogs and cats. Open the capsule and sprinkle on food!

LypoZyme for Pets - An easy to administer digestive enzymes to help your cat or dog digest fats, protein and carbohydrates. Gentle enough for the tiniest pet and effective for larger pets.

K9 Digestive Enzymes - Helps to maintain normal digestive function. Contains pancreatin and oxbile for increased absorption of proteins and fats. An adequate level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) is essential for proper functioning of the digestive system. It activates the digestive enzymes that break down foods. An optimal level of stomach acid can keep the digestive system free of bacteria, yeast and parasites.