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Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM from Iowa State University in 1994; actively engaged in private regular and emergency practice since that time.
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My dog has a raw throat, has been sneezing a lot and has been "gulping

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my dog has a raw throat, has been sneezing a lot and has been "gulping" a lot
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Hello,I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about your dog. I'm so sorry he is doing this and has you worried, but glad you're looking for the information you need.You may join the conversation at any time by typing in what you want to say then clicking REPLY. That way we can chat back and forth until you're satisfied with the information I've provided and are happy to give me a positive rating.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Please let me start by saying we see a lot of young and otherwise healthy dogs who show these symptoms in my area this time of year. By far, the most common reason for a dog to do this is because he's swallowed something scratchy and irritating. If you live in the West, this is likely to be due to grass awns, foxtails, cheatgrass and the like .
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
To determine if this is indeed the case, a thorough oral examination and basic blood tests are in order. Don't be alarmed if your vet indicates a need to give some light sedation to accomplish this, as it is often necessary in order to fully examine inside the mouth. In severe cases some dogs will need to have endoscopy performed to visualize the lining of the esophagus and stomach.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
If it is indeed just some irritation to the esophagus and oral cavity from something harsh, sharp, or abrasive like grass awns, there really isn't a lot we can do to help these dogs other than give them some pain relief and nursing care. Some dogs require softened or liquefied diets for a while. If we're worried about the possibility of infection or abscess, we'll prescribe oral antibiotics. Lastly, we'll often use a medication called Sucralfate to help coat any sores in the esophagus so they can heal.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Regardless, that's what comes to mind when I read through your description of what is going on. I see you are currently offline. I'm sorry I missed the opportunity to have a live conversation with you. I want to be as helpful as possible. Please remember I am here for you and am happy to discuss your question until you are satisfied with the answer I've provided. You may return to this page at any time to review this information and/or post more. You may do so even after you've ACCEPTED my answer and rated my response. I'll be notified of your response via email and will do my best to help you. If you are satisfied with the information I've provided, please take a moment to ACCEPT my answer and rate my response. I've done my best to provide you with the most accurate, thorough and up-to-date information that is available, and your positive feedback is important to me. Without it, I receive no compensation for helping you. If you are not satisfied, please let me know how else I may be of assistance. Thank you for using our website.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I would like a refund. My local vet called me back
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry I wasn't able to help you. I will let customer service know you would like a refund.
I hope your dog is on the mend.
Thank you.