Can cats experience acid reflux from eating certain ingredients in foods, or do they only get it as a result of anesthesia?
Erin, I can find no references to any particular food causing acid reflux in cats but you’re right, it can happen under general anesthesia. The stomach acid can then cause irritation to the lower end of the esophagus, but it’s very rare for this to cause any major health problem.
If a vet is concerned about reflux occurring in an individual patient, one option for managing it is to use an antacid or even a prokinetic drug (a drug that increases contractions of the gastrointestinal muscle to move food and liquids further down the tract so there’s less chance of them being regurgitated) before anesthesia. There are also suggestions that how long an animal is fasted for before anesthesia may influence the likelihood of reflux occurring. | 12.30.15 @ 01:41