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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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I have a Mastiff/Dane mix 4 yr old that weighs about 140lbs.

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I have a Mastiff/Dane mix 4 yr old that weighs about 140lbs. A few times a week he throws up his food and it is not digested. He does not appear sick. He is on a high quality (blue buffalo) food and is feed in an elevated slow feeder. Should I soak the food before I feed? Is a vet visit required?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I"m sorry to hear of this with Maverick. I would prefer to investigate why he regurgitates so frequently. Regurgitation is more likely than vomiting when undigested food is brought up and neuromuscular disorders such as megaesophagus - a ballooning out of the normally rigid esophagus - and myasthenia gravis are important differential diagnoses in such a patient. Maverick's vet is likely to recommend a barium study of Maverick's esophagus and stomach also looking for sphinchter disorders such as hiatal hernia and pyloric stenosis syndrome.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
you are recommending a vet visit? You don't think soaking his food would help?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Yes, a vet visit is indicated. I don't believe that soaking his food would alter the underlying conditions I considered above. There's no harm in your seeing how soaking the food affects him, however. I would never argue with success if it were helpful! Moistening the food and an elevated feeding platform can be helpful in some cases of megaesophagus.

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