Some breeds are more predisposed to developing an enlarged esophagus, including pugs, shar-pei, German shepherds, Great Danes, dachshunds, and Irish setters. Food and water then stay in the esophagus until it is completely full and can hold no more. Water should be offered only when the pet is in a vertical position. Remember that even water cannot be consumed normally. To care for a dog with megaesophagus, try elevating the dog's food bowl several inches off the floor, which can help dry food and kibble go down more easily. With a little bit of work and some adjustments to a dog's eating and drinking routine, they can become comfortable and not suffer too much from the symptoms of megaesophagus, which include regurgitation of food and liquids, rapid weight loss, coughing, aspirational pneumonia, and more. Since Sidney has MegaE and cannot drink water like non-MegaE dogs or risk Aspration Pneumonia, it is always a concern. That will lead to water getting trapped in the esophagus, vomiting and eventually aspirating pneumonia. However, in a dog with megaesophagus, these reflexes don't work as they should. After your dog eats, keep it … Regurgitation results from the inability of the esophagus to contract properly and propagate the food down to the stomach. If your dog is regurgitating the water passively, this may be an early warning sign of a condition that is known as megaesophagus, explains veterinarian Dr. Kara. As a result, the ingested food and/or liquid remains in the esophagus, for anywhere from minutes to hours to days. You cannot have your dog just drink out of a water bowl. Megaesophagus in Dogs. This makes it difficult for the dog to swallow. You can also switch out dry food with a liquid food, which is easier to digest. In this condition, liquids may just sit there and then end up being regurgitated, while solid foods in the early stages go down due to gravity. If your dog is exercising, such as at a dog park, offer water and hold the dog vertically for at least 5 minutes after drinking, and longer for a lot of water. Megaesophagus in dogs is a disease that can affect various mammalian species including humans, dogs, and cats. Megaesophagus in Dogs. Instead, the esophagus loses its muscle tone and remains permanently dilated, never contracting to push ingested food and liquid down into the stomach. However, you will still need to provide your dog with water. Other animals can have it too, but it is much more common in dogs than cats. Megesophagus is simply the weakening and enlargement of the muscles of the esophagus. Megaesophagus is a generalized enlargement of the esophagus -- a muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach -- with a decreased to absent motility. Dogs should not have free access to a water bowl or they should be discouraged from drinking water by receiving all needed water with the daily feedings. 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