Feline GERD Symptoms

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Feline GERD doesn't really exist, but cats can have reflux, and symptoms of reflux include vomiting, belching, weight loss and swallowing air when they eat. Learn about stomach inflammation as a cause of reflux in cats with help from a veterinarian in this free video on cat health.

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Let's talk about what are some GERD symptoms in cats. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease and that's a human term. And so in cats in the feline world, GERD does not truly exist as far as we think as common as it is in people. Now cats can have reflux. And what we're talking about is gastroesophageal is just talking about the stomach and the esophagus and reflux is just talking about bile or acid reflux up the esophagus and what happens is that can irritate the lining of the esophagus. Now if that does happen in a cat or any species, then you can often times see vomiting, especially in cats, lack of appetite, belching or swallowing more air when they eat and losing weight and so all these symptoms can be symptoms of other processes as well so you always want to talk with your veterinary clinic and get a diagnosis first if your cat is vomiting or not eating because there could be lots of causes for that. But GERD specifically is talking about reflux from the stomach up the esophageal pathway and that can lead to esophageal ulcers, stomach ulcers and so there are things your veterinary clinic can do to help a cat who might have that. Things that can cause it would be stomach inflammation, kidney disease which increases acid production of the stomach, lots of other things. But anyway, check with your veterinary clinic first to make sure what the diagnosis is.

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