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My 13 year old is vomiting very thick, sticky mucus. My vet,

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My 13 year old bitch is vomiting very thick, sticky mucus. My vet, which is the PDSA, has suggested it could be a paralyzed throat tube. (Not the Oesophagus - sorry cannot remember name). The vet prescribed 10mg Omeprazole tabs once a day. For the first 3 days our dog was fine. However, for the last two days she has vomited whenever she is slightly excited or even gives a couple of barks. I know we do not have her for much longer but would like to give her quality until the end if possible.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the bitch eat anything unusual?

Well yes, she is making a mess but I can clear that up. However, it is not when she eats she is sick. It is just when she gets excited so I am wondering if this stuff is choking her a bit.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the bitch's name?

Breeze

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Breeze?

She has arthritis and takes tramadol tablets. Other than that there is nothing except this vomiting.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Did your veterinarian do chest xrays to confirm megaesophagus?

Unfortunately, this could also be a type of cancer which a xray would screen for.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Actually, they never mentioned X-rays. The mentioned a biopsy but I thought that would be rather too much for her when she was already sick and elderly. However, an X-ray might not be quite so bad although she is becoming very frightened of the Vets and would hate being on her own there. But, thank you. I will ask them about the possibility of doing an X-ray when we visit them. Problem is, I am a pensioner and the PDSA is for poorer people so I expect they will try to save money. However, they have been pretty good so I will check out if they can do an X-ray. We always pay as much as we can every time we visit. It would be better to know what it is anyway although I know it could be really bad.Thank you so much for your response.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

There are medications to help manage megaesophagus like those that help the stomach empty quickly or holding her upright for 10 minutes after a meal, but with her age i am really concerned that these may not be enough.

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