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Difficult, Painful Swallowing (Dysphagia)

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Condition Overview

A dog with a painful esophagus eats slowly, stretches his neck, and makes repeated efforts to swallow the same mouthful. As the condition becomes more painful, the dog stops eating and begins to lose weight.

Symptoms

See Overview.

Causes

Difficult painful swallowing indicates a partial blockage caused by an esophageal foreign object, stricture, or tumor. Pain on swallowing also occurs with mouth infections, sore throat, and tonsillitis.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by witnessing symptoms.

Treatment

Treatment is based around the precipitating cause.

Prevention

Information needed.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns regarding this condition.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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