Difficult, Painful Swallowing (Dysphagia)
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.
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 is made by witnessing symptoms.
Treatment is based around the precipitating cause.
Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns regarding this condition.
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