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I have a Siberian husky female who is currently 6 months

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Hello, I have a Siberian husky female who is currently 6 months old. From past two months she gags (not a lot) but at least once a day. It gets over in a minute. Reverse sneezing is rare but happens and also she eats grass daily. She was very active as a puppy loved to run. She still is. But she doesn't run much now. Also she was swallowing but this has happened today the second time in last 5 months. Earlier it was a month back. What it may be?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your Siberian husky, Amy. The primary differential diagnoses include causes of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), achalasia (esophageal or cricopharyngeal muscular disorder), and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD, acid reflux, heartburn). We need to consider megaesophagus - a ballooning out of the normally rigid esophagus - as well as neuromuscular disorders called myasthenis gravis and, less commonly, Addison's disease. In adddition, a hiatal hernia or pyloric sphinchter dysfunction might be present. Her vet is considering X-rays +/- barium swallow in an attempt to "see" megaesophagus and/or an achalasia. Myasthenia can be tested for with the acetylcholine receptor antibody blood test.

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