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Duck 01-21-2012 03:22 PM

my dog was diagnosed with this last year he is on treatment for it but i was wondering if anyone had experience of it and what treatment there dog was on?

Sasami 01-22-2012 09:57 PM

Esophagitis? I don't think I've heard of oesophagitis so I'm sorry if this doesn't apply. But with esophagitis, it depends on what's causing the inflammation to begin with. Does your dog have acid reflux? Does s/he vomit frequently?

Duck 01-23-2012 01:17 AM

he has acid reflux as well as regurgitation, he doesnt vomit frequently no.

Sasami 01-23-2012 06:27 PM

What's his diet like? I know a few people on Dogster feed special diets, sometimes homemade, for acid reflux.

When does the regurgitation happen? Immediately after or while eating? Or does it occur a little while later? How do you normally offer food (bowl, puzzle toy, given out during training, etc.)?

I have no personal experience with acid reflux (although I have a dog that I suspect may have it...just with mild symptoms) but do have experience with regurgitation and digestive issues.

wishbone 01-24-2012 01:23 AM

That sounds worrying illness, what's his progress since start of the medication.

Duck 01-24-2012 05:54 AM

its complicated with him as he also has laryngeal paralysis which he had tie back surgery for and the esophagitis aggravates his throat to the point he has these breathing attacks.

the specialist vet wanted him on tinned food but because he is a giant breed it just isnt possible so his dry food gets soaked in water to make it soft and he also has a tin mixed in with it. he rarely gets any treats. His food is just in a bowl, he isnt a gulper of his food.

the regurgitation happens randomly, he can go days where he doesnt seem to do it and then he will urge quite a bit and its the urging that then turns into these attacks he gets.

no-one never noticed the esophagitis until we went to the specialist for the LP and they noticed he swollows alot and then confirmed it was esophagitis, and has been on meds ever since, i cant personally see any difference when he is on the meds and when he isnt.

But at the moment he is having these attacks way too often he had them every day for a week and nothing we tried seemed to stop them. We dont know what is causing them, i think it is the esophagitis as he urges alot before the attacks start.

Sasami 01-24-2012 07:26 PM

Could you do a feeding trial where he just gets wet food for a while? Just to see if it makes a difference, even if there will need to be another solution permanently?

Hmm, what medication is he on?

Duck 01-25-2012 01:31 AM

not really as he would need to be on 4 of the very large tins twice a day and it just wouldnt be cost effective.

his meds are a liquid that lines his stomach and tablets that are meant to help with the regurgitation

he is also on anti-biotics, anti-inflammatories, and anti-histamines, he also have a nebulizer but thats impossible to use on him as he hates it.

Sasami 01-25-2012 06:07 PM

Well, it would be cost effective if it meant he might not need certain medications. I can't suggest much else besides a food trial as some dogs with this issue just don't tolerate dry food. Hopefully that's not the case here. Maybe get a second opinion.

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