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My greater Swiss mountain dog has perhaps some digestive

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My greater Swiss mountain dog has perhaps some digestive issue. She often eats ravenously, and in a few cases seems to hyperventilate while eating. so we got her a bowl that forces her to eat slowly. However, the last several days she has been vomiting up her food. We took her to the vet who found nothing remarkable on the x-Ray except some air pockets. Also I noticed that my dog gets the hiccups frequently. Might not be related. I am wondering if these can be symptoms of megasophagus. Any thoughts?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Can you tell me if her vet xrayed just her abdomen or also her chest?

Does she regurgitate (bringing food up without retching/force of a vomit)?

Has she been keeping water down?

Are her gums nice and pink (not white/pale)? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, does she have any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could she have eaten anything that wouldn't come up on xray (ie plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I believe the vet x-rayed her abdomen and did not find any obstructions. She does not regurgitate. She does some heaving. She does not seem bloated or have pain on touching her belly. She does keep water down. Her gums look normal to me.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

Thank you,

First, if she is not regurgitating, we'd not be overly worried about a megaesophagus here. Though, if we did want to rule it out, an xray of the chest (since that is where the esophagus travels through to reach the stomach) is often diagnostic.

Now since we have active vomiting and she has seen her vet, did they send her home on any treatment for this?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She is on a bland diet and received an anti vomiting shot. I will inquire about chest X-rays.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

Just since the new interface doesn't like embedded links, the above antacid links are:

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*Zantac (More Info/Dose @

* Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Somehow the first part of your response disappeared while I was reading. It started out about 24 hours of lasting effect. But the. Was replaced by over the counter mess. Can I trouble you to restate?
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

Goodness, technology thwarts me some time.

I suspect I accidently edited what I was typing instead of adding those links. My apologies on that.

What I had been saying was that the injection likely will only last 24 hours (some less than that), so if we have any more nausea/vomiting then we'd want to speak to her vet about oral anti-nausea medication (ie Cerenia, Metoclopramide, Zofran) or at the very least use one of those antacids that I linked to before.

Take care,

Dr. B.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Okay. Thanks for all your guidance.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

You are very welcome,

Take care,

Dr .B.

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
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