Acid Reflux In Dogs & Cats:
Natural Treatments That Work
What Is Acid Reflux in Dogs and Cats?
How can you tell if your cat or dog has acid reflux? Cats and dogs can get acid stomach, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn and similar conditions just like people do. They cannot tell you when they don't feel well or what is hurting them. It's painful, and symptoms can be hard to detect. You may hear gulping noises or 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 dogs and cats 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) in dogs 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 heartburn and acid reflux in dogs and cats? It is typically caused by poor digestion, food intolerances or allergies, hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid), intestinal dysbiosis and bowel disorders. Acid reflux and GERD in dogs and cats can be very uncomfortable and 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. See below for our natural cat and dog acid reflux treatment protocol.
Cat And Dog Acid Reflux Treatment For GERD and Heartburn Relief
What can you give your do for a pet with a sensitive tummy? Use our holistic, veterinarian-approved supplements to give your pet fast relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD. It is important to make diet changes along with using the supplements. Many pet digestive disorders occur because of the foods that your pet may be eating. Natural treatment for acid reflux in cats may be a little more tricky as kitties can be finicky with their food. Most clients report that once their cat starts using Ask Ariel's natural remedies for acid reflux, their cat starts to eat better and will often accept the powder from the products mixed into food.
Our products work synergistically to help maintain balance in your pet's digestive tract. Acid reflux is caused by poor digestion, so it is essential to use a digestive enzyme, such as K9 Digestive Enzymes for dogs or LypoZyme for cats and dogs under 5 pounds, to ensure proper digestion. Our digestive enzymes help to improve the digestion of fats and protein. Power Probiotic helps to rebalance the intestinal flora, as dysbiosis creates digestive discomfort. Our natural stomach acid redcuder, Gastro ULC, helps to coat the stomach and soothe the symptoms of acid reflux, GERD and heartburn. Our clients report the best results when Gastro ULC, Power Probiotic and K9 Digestive Enzymes (or LypoZyme) are used together for digestive balance.
When dealing with acid stomach or acid reflux in dogs or cats, home remedies, including a few key supplements, can make a big difference:
Gastro ULC: This fabulous stomach acid reducer and gastrointestinal formula helps to not only relieve stomach acid pain but also repair inflamed tissue! The time-tested minerals 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 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 as a natural treatment for acid reflux in cats and dogs to calm heartburn and acid stomach. Relieves painful burning.
Power Probiotic: Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula repopulates the good, friendly bacteria your pet’s digestive system needs. 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. It’s especially important to use if your pet has been on antibiotics or steroids. It’s safe for puppies and kittens. Just open the capsule and sprinkle on food. Many pets love the taste of the Power Probiotic!
K9 Digestive Enzymes: This product helps to maintain normal digestive function. It contains pancreatin and ox bile 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.
LypoZyme for Pets: These easy-to-administer digestive enzymes help your cat or dog digest fats, protein and carbohydrates. This product is gentle enough for the tiniest pet and effective for larger pets.
Soothing Digestive Relief: This formula calms and soothes the digestive tract. It contains scientifically proven ingredients such as papaya leaf and marshmallow root to protect and soothe the mucosal membrane in the stomach and digestive tract. It also contains a blend of digestive enzymes to help stimulate the breakdown and metabolization of food. It is very common for pets with digestive problems to vomit food that remains undigested. Soothing Digestive Relief helps move food through the digestive tract. It’s well tolerated by even the most sensitive dogs and cats, and acts as a wonderful home remedy for cat regurgitation by calming and soothing the digestive tract.
Cat and Dog Acid Reflux Symptoms
Acid reflux in dogs and cats is a painful condition that is often impacted by diet and food allergies.
Common cat and dog acid symptoms are:
- Lack of appetite, especially in the morning
- Vomiting of bile
- Cat or dog throwing up undigested food shortly after being consumed
- Coughing (pets with collapsed trachea often have acid reflux)
- Excessive grass eating (some grazing on grass is normal)
- Regurgitation noises, cat or dog burping and gagging
- Hunching over after eating
- Gulping or loud gurgling noises
- Licking or smacking of the lips
- Panting a few hours after meals
- Lick Fits (frantic licking of floors, walls, grass, dirt)
- Restlessness or pacing after eating
Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?
Your dog may sniff around the yard and find the perfect piece of grass to nibble on. Selective grazing on grass is a common behavior in dogs. Many dogs and cats like the taste of grass. Generally, it is nothing to worry about. Does your dog pull or whine to get to the grass? Does your dog vomit after eating grass? Constant grass eating can be a sign of acid reflux in dogs. Natural remedies for acid reflux can give your dog or cat quick relief. Changing your pet's diet along with using our natural cat and dog heartburn treatment can ease indigestion and relieve symptoms. Click here to learn more about why dogs eat grass.
Ulcers in Cats and Dogs
A healthy digestive system is essential to your pet's well-being. The lining of the gastrointestinal tract in pets is hearty and fast healing. However, gastric ulcers can form when the digestive acids cause damage or lesions in the mucosal lining of the stomach or intestine. The most common causes of ulcers are the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as Rimadyl or Deramaxx) or overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) in the gut. Ulcers can also be caused by accidental poisoning (toxic plants, pesticides, chemicals), infection (bacterial or viral), parasites, IBD, kidney or liver disease and trauma. Older dogs can develop acid stomach from taking NSAIDs to threat their arthritis or hip dysplasia.
The goal of cat and dog acid reflux treatment is to relieve discomfort and promote healing of the ulcers. The first step is to eliminate the cause of the ulcer, otherwise they will continue to form. Food allergies can cause inflammation and contribute to stomach discomfort, so diet changes will help ease the discomfort. Using supportive natural supplements can help protect the mucosal lining and promote healing. Using natural joint support supplements such as Ultra-Flex Collagen or ArthroSoothe can help reduce the need or eliminate the need for NSAIDs and pain medications.
Cats and Dogs With Gastroenteritis and Gastritis
Does your dog or cat have an upset stomach? Diarrhea, vomiting and tummy rumbling can cause pets to feel lethargic and depressed. Some cats may hide when they have an upset stomach. Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Gastritis affects only the stomach. Both can be caused by bacteria, viruses, medications or foods. Natural remedies for acid reflux in dogs and cats can provide fast relief from the gas, pain and burning of an upset stomach.
Acid Reflux In Dogs Diet Tips & Foods To Avoid
Antacids provide temporary relief from heartburn and acid reflux, but the real problem is poor digestion caused by food intolerances. Many of the best-selling premium brands contain allergens or starchy carbohydrates that can cause a variety of digestive problems and lead to a weakened immune system. Chemical ingredients like preservatives, colorings, flavorings and additives have no place in your pet's food, as they provide no nutritional value. Many dogs and cats with heartburn and acid reflux do well eating a hypoallergenic, high-moisture diet with a meat protein as the first ingredient. "By-products" and "meal" proteins are commonly used in kibble. These are made by rendering (grinding and cooking) the leftover parts of protein sources, after the meat has been removed, into dry powders. Eliminating common allergens can also help your dog or cat with acid reflux. Beef, fish, poultry, grains and dairy can be allergens for certain pets.
Dogs and cats with acid reflux can benefit from consuming several small meals spaced throughout the day to help optimize digestion. Since acid reflux is caused by poor digestion, larger meals can put too much pressure on the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. It is also helpful to feed your cat or dog on a consistent and well-spaced feeding schedule. Once your pet's stomach feels more comfortable, the symptoms should be greatly reduced and the appetite will return to normal.
A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) can give your pet much-needed relief. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients, which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are veterinarian recommended nationwide.
For more information about grass eating, food allergies and acid stomach, please see the many articles on our website.
If you have questions, please feel free to email us at Support@AskAriel.com. We will be happy to provide you with additional information about our natural remedies for digestive issues, acid reflux, and GERD in dogs and cats, but please know that due to veterinary regulations, we cannot provide individualized consultative advice without a physical exam.
Is there a natural antacid for dogs and cats?
Poor digestion, food allergies and low quality ingredients in pet food contribute to acid reflux. You can help relieve painful acid stomach by using a few natural home remedies along with changing your pet’s diet. Our comprehensive natural antacid treatment for dogs and cats includes a home remedy for acid stomach; along with digestive enzymes, probiotics and free diet tips to improve your pet’s digestion. Ask Ariel’s natural antacid for dogs and cats contains licorice root extract and L-Glutamine to protect the mucous membranes against bacteria, like H.Pylori, and helps to soothe and repair the stomach lining. It also contains mastic gum to relieve inflammation and discomfort.
What can I give my dog for acid reflux?
Dogs with acid reflux show signs such as vomiting bile, excessive grass eating, panting or gulping at night. You may also hear loud, digestive noises coming from your dog’s stomach. Acid reflux in dogs occurs when stomach acid pushes up out of the stomach and into the esophagus, causing pain, heartburn and discomfort. Antacid medications are prescribed, such as omeprazole, to prevent acid production, but they can interfere with proper digestion and contribute to intestinal dysbiosis and SIBO. If acid levels are too low, the stomach cannot fully digest food. Digestive enzymes containing hydrochloric acid (HCL), pancreatin and ox bile extract can aid in the breakdown and absorption of fats and proteins. Gas, burping and heartburn are symptoms of poor digestion. Feeding a low carbohydrate, grain-free diet combined with digestive enzymes and our natural stomach acid reducer for dogs can optimize digestion and relieve the pain and inflammation caused by stomach acid.
What are natural remedies for acid reflux in cats?
How do you know if your cat has acid reflux? Watch for signs such as loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting or spitting up food. Cats can develop acid reflux due to poor digestion, food intolerances, IBD and health conditions such as kidney disease. When cats have acid reflux, the stomach produces too much acid and it comes up into the stomach and esophagus. Most cats will cough and vomit…even yellow or foamy bile. Cats can be very finicky so it’s important to use a tasteless digestive enzyme containing a proprietary blend of lipase, protease and amylase. Probiotics, Ask Ariel’s natural antacid for cats and diet changes can help.
How do you treat GERD in dogs?
Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is another name for acid reflux, a condition where gastric fluid flows backward into the esophagus. Dogs with GERD may vomit, cough, eat grass, gulp, lick their lips and burp. It can be very uncomfortable, but a few natural remedies can help soothe and repair the throat, tummy and intestinal tract. A powerful probiotic can help to balance the good and bad bacteria in your dog’s microbiome and help to improve appetite by calming the burn caused by stomach acid. GERD is caused by poor digestion, so it is essential to use a digestive enzyme to improve your dog’s digestion of fats and proteins. A natural stomach acid reducer can also help to relieve stomach acid pain and repair inflamed tissue. Diet changes, such as avoiding dry kibble which can cause bloat, can also help.