Hi- I apologize if this appears 2X, but id didn't seem to post. Try feeding with front paws on a stool, wet food,(we put BLUE in food processor, ground til almost powder, added water until consistency of canned food, but cheaper). Feed by hand and hold her upright for 10-15 minutes after feeding. Made a BIG difference with ours- maybe until you get diagnosis to cut down risk of aspiration. I would see if it makes a difference. If you live in northeast, I would think about TUFTS. I wish we did it sooner-it would have save us money in the long run. They are reasonable and did a REALLY great job. We were told many of the same things you were. You could call TUFTS and they could possibly suggest where you could go if you are not around here. We put our female on antibiotics every day to cut down risk until we could get surgeries. Many places take Carecredit-which helped us a lot. Good luck-I know how stressful this is!!!View Thread
-we had flouroscopies done on both dogs-they had large hiatal hernias. They also had elongated soft palates. We had their stomachs tacked and hernias repaired. Their palates were shortened with lasers and my male had his nostrils done. At the time we had it done, my female had pneumonia again-but they could still do the surgery. They are on metaclopramide and prilosec still. My male is doing great-female still has slight regurge. We feed them upright (feet on stool 16-18in. off ground) but they do not need to be held up after feedings anymore.
The fluoroscopy shows if they have motility issues-did you have one done? My vets said palate would NOT cause regurge BUT the docs at TUFTS said that the palate CAN make regurge worse with hernias because they have to breathe so hard they draw the stomach into the esophagus. Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you...View Thread
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