Q. My cat's antacid medication is the same as what humans take except in liquid form & more costly. Can you suggest a natural remedy for him, please?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. If the medication you are currently giving your cat is the same as an over the counter medication, you may be able to ask your veterinarian for the correct dosage amount to give of the over the counter medication. Many vets will happily let you know if that can be done, especially if it makes things much easier cost-wise. You can also look on sites such as DrsFosterSmith and 1800PetMeds if a specific prescription is needed as they often carry medications for much cheaper than your vet does. It does require your vet to fax over the prescription, however. For natural remedies of acid reduction, adding in a beneficial probiotic such as plain yogurt to meals may help give the gut good bacteria and prevent acid reflux. Switching diets to one that has less allergenic ingredients (avoiding wheat, corn and soy products) may also help reduce symptoms without extra medication.