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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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My dog drinks water, or eats wet can food, then a little gaging.

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My dog drinks water, or eats wet can food, then a little gaging. then throws up real bad.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.
It sounds like your dog is having a hard time swallowing. There is a condition called megaesophagus that makes it difficult to swallow. It's diagnosed with x-rays of the chest. It's essentially a dilated esophagus that doesn't contract down to move food or fluid to the stomach.
The treatment revolves around elevated feedings, medication to promote motility and reducing the acid reflux up the esophagus.
Here is a nice link on the condition with more information:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=604
I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.