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Dog has been regurgitating after meals past few days, just

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Dog has been regurgitating after meals past few days, just came back from a slow mile run and he regurgitated water with a little white foam. Stools normal. Dog is 7 year old neutered male, on gabapentin and Adequan for nerve issues. Planning on 24 hour fast, any other recommendations?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 9 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

I think a fast is ok, but I would only do 8-12 hours. 24 is a little excessive. When feeding the next time, try to elevate his front feet off the ground. You can sit him up while you're in a chair or you can put his foot a few steps up on some stairs.

If he continues to regurgitate, then I would get some x-rays. In that case, I'd be worried about megaesophagus. This is where the esophagus doesn't contract down normally to move food to the stomach. It can be part of a nerve disorder (Myasthenia Gravis) or it can be idiopathic (unknown cause). If we don't find a cause, and we normally don't, feeding elevated is the best way to prevent this. There is something called a Bailey Chair that helps a lot with these dogs.

Here is a nice write up on the condition in dogs:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=604

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=3480

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.