We have a 3 mo old female Setter puppy. She's a charmer and several parties wanted her. But, we have kept her as she got older she developed coughing and gasping after eating and drinking. It does not happen after every meal or drink, but happens enough where we are concerned.
We are concerned she might have megaesophagus. We have had her to our vet for a barium test but that was negative. We understand Setters are prone to this disease, to our knowledge only her great grandfather developed this late in his life.
Does anyone out there know of any other tests, etc. Our breeder we work with indicates we might have to take her to the UW Vet School for a test, I do not remember the name of the procedure. Thanks.
I have heard of it mroe often lately. there have been some dobe pups on a dobe forum I go to get put down with it and I saw a pup in my vet with it. I think they all had the barium swallow test though. the only thing I know is to feed them and hold them upright for ten minutes or so.
We fostered two mini schnauzers that had this.They were bron with it and it was hard finding them homes because of it.They were from a byb though.It is a pain in the butt and it doesnt go away.It can shorten their lives because it wears out their esophaugus.Try watering her with a water bottle and her food needs to be elavated.Its easier on them when they arent bending down to eat and drink.She might be eating to fast though....
That is a tough disorder to have. I'm sorry I don't know of a test as it has been a lot of years since I worked in a veterinary office. This may not be much help but I have heard feeding small amounts in a raised bowl helps.
If it were my dog and I was concerned I would take it to the University Hospital. They often have the latest equipment and tests. In my experience (with Ohio State University) you have to keep on them as sometimes you get lost because they have a lot of folks rotating through there.
typically with megaesophagus they vomit food and water after swallowing. it is very easy to diagnose with a barium xray. if the baium xray came up negative i would bet safely that is not the problem, or it is not a classic case of it.
most puppies with it do not grow normally and do not put on much weight, because they are always vomiting out all their intake and not receiving any good nutrition. 9.5 times out of ten a puppy that definitely has it is put to sleep. the last case i saw of it was ~20 years ago at work. the pup was born to a stray dog and we wouldnt allow the our boss to euthanize the pup. if i remember all this correctly, there was a surggery that could be done, depending on the severity of the disease, but it wasn't any guarantee. my co workers and i took full responsibility for this pup and decided that surgery in his case , based on what the vets there told us, wouldn;t work for him. so we were allowed to keep him and raise him at the clinic. we had to feed him watery food and always keep it elevated for him. he seemed to do really well that way. when i left there, one of my co workers had adopted him. full grown he was only 30 pounds, which is really small for a gsd. we had all named him LO (pronounced low)... which stood for little one. my co worker kept his name, she never changed it.
good luck with your little puppy. i hope you find some answers at the teaching hospital.
Scout, thanks for the detailed indepth description. Our little girl is small, she was the runt of the litter. But she has been gaining weight and stature. We haven't seen her throw up after eating/drinking, only a nasty cough/wheezing type of noise. She burbs after abit and then is rarin' to go......I appreciate your info and well wishes.