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Our 5 year old golden has exhibited a strange gulping ending in one long RETCH on and off since she was about one. She can go for long periods OK then for no obvious reason have an episode of gulping as though she has a lump in her throat. She has a frantic desperation to eat grass after which it seems to be relieved. The gulping involves her inhaling lots of air and so it is quickly accompanied by lots of tummy rumbling and belching. Episodes have worsened as she has got older and the one in January this year culminated in Bloat which she had to have emergency surgery for. She recovered well thankfully! but all very traumatic.

We have now changed her food from the one she has been on since aged 1 and she has been much better since, however she is still having occasional episodes. I feel the issue is likely to be digestive in origin and perhaps she is getting a sort of reflux or maybe an irritation in her throat which is almost like an allergic reaction.

We have made countless visits to the vet over the years but none of them have been able to get anywhere near identifying the problem or the solution.

Now considering digestive supplements to settle her stomach.

Does anyone out there have any similar experience?

Aileen
 

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Did your vet think this could be reverse sneezing with complications?

I think with some dogs it can be a chronic issue brought on by allergies or irritants...
 

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has 'reverse sneeze' aka 'paroxysmal respiration' ever been mentioned?

 
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gulping!

Did your vet think this could be reverse sneezing with complications?

I think with some dogs it can be a chronic issue brought on by allergies or irritants...
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thanks for the v speedy response! i had looked at this myself in my internet research as a possibility and will definitely have another look, though I had ruled it out to start with.....the vets basically said it didn't seem serious so they have not bothered to explore it however with it resulting in Bloat this year I feel I have to make every attempt to get to the bottom of it!

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My bridge girl Maggie had this all her life. Everyone suggested we look at reverse sneezing as a cause, but finally she did this at the vet and he said it wasn't but was more likely an allergic reaction. Maggie also madly ate grass to "self treat" it. Massaging her throat helped but we never fully got rid of it.
 

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Were your vets specialists, meaning an internist or a digestive specialist?
Your girl had bloat?

I'm not familiar with megaesophogus but maybe some who is can chime in? Does this sound like that?
 

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gulping!

Were your vets specialists, meaning an internist or a digestive specialist?
Your girl had bloat?

I'm not familiar with megaesophogus but maybe some who is can chime in? Does this sound like that?
No we have never seen a specialist...our own vet has never deemed it to be of concern however as it resulted in bloat this year I am now taking it seriously.

Will follow up megaesophogus....

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Your girl

When you girl had bloat did they sew the stomach, so she can't bloat again?
I hope.
I would definitely look into the megosophagus.
Are her bowls elevated or on the floor. I've heard elevated bowls can be bad for bloat, but I've never personally found this to be true!
 

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When you girl had bloat did they sew the stomach, so she can't bloat again?
I hope.
I would definitely look into the megosophagus.
Are her bowls elevated or on the floor. I've heard elevated bowls can be bad for bloat, but I've never personally found this to be true!
Yes they did staple her stomach, this will stop her stomach twisting ever again but won't necessary stop her Bloating, this is why I'm keen to get to the bottom of this!

She bloated because of the gulping...it was definitely that way round....I don't think bowl positon is of any relevevance to her though it might be to others I suppose. Her gulping is not particularly associated with feeding times.
 

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Our 5 year old golden has exhibited a strange gulping ending in one long RETCH on and off since she was about one. She can go for long periods OK then for no obvious reason have an episode of gulping as though she has a lump in her throat. She has a frantic desperation to eat grass after which it seems to be relieved. The gulping involves her inhaling lots of air and so it is quickly accompanied by lots of tummy rumbling and belching. Episodes have worsened as she has got older and the one in January this year culminated in Bloat which she had to have emergency surgery for. She recovered well thankfully! but all very traumatic.

We have now changed her food from the one she has been on since aged 1 and she has been much better since, however she is still having occasional episodes. I feel the issue is likely to be digestive in origin and perhaps she is getting a sort of reflux or maybe an irritation in her throat which is almost like an allergic reaction.

We have made countless visits to the vet over the years but none of them have been able to get anywhere near identifying the problem or the solution.

Now considering digestive supplements to settle her stomach.

Does anyone out there have any similar experience?

Aileen
Our five year old golden Cosey has been experiencing this behavior. After seven veterinarians, two endoscopes, and a fluoroscope, and biopsies we finally have a diagnosis. She has Chron’s disease. We have started medication and after one month we will change to a special diet. For now if it isn’t in her bag of dog food and you wonder if it is ok to feed her, the answer is “no”! We feel such a sense of relief after many sleepless nights of comforting her and feeling helpless. The gulping of air is caused by the pain associated with the inflammation.

Good luck with your fur baby🐾💕
 

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My girl had some similar issues. The vet did an X-ray and we did the Michigan thyroid test. We really couldn’t find anything wrong. We now put water in her food And put her bowl on a chair.
 
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