Thursday, August 6, 2009

Joey having a hard time swallowing?

Oh man I was up all night googling "my dog is having a hard time swallowing" and came up with Cricopharyngeal Achlasia! Since last Saturday Joey has really been having a hard time with swallowing when he drinks or just in general. And then a cough was coming up like he had to purge something out of his chest! yesterday got so bad I took him to the vet who took x-rays and found nothing in his throat thank goodness but couldnt explain what was wrong! Then last night it got frightening! he was really having a hard time and he just couldnt swallow even his own spit! Today we got in with our own Dr C and she kept him for about 4 hours, and sedated him so she could look down his throat but she found nothing! But she said I could go to a specialist to do an esophogical exam which is 1800.00 and I said not yet! Cant afford that! But she also said she may have smelled something like an infection so she gave me antibiotics. The picture is of his new eating tray thats elevated so he doesnt have to bend all the way down and this may help the swallowing food. OMG friends, what would I do if my baby has something wrong? I hope and pray the antibiotics will help, otherwise, Ill have to do that exam! Have any of you out there had this kind of experience? Any advice is greatly appreciated!


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Paws khrossed that both of those akhtions will help with the issue -

Please keep us posted!


GoldenSamantha said...

You know???? Sammie has gone through periods of time (a month maybe) when it sounds like she has a chicken bone in her throat when she eats or drinks water and nothing has been wrong. It passes. I think, in the two years we've had her, that it's happened twice. I've been totally unaware of what brought it on, but more puzzling, what made it go away. One of those very weird things, which is no help whatever to you. If the vet, however, can't find a thing and it doesn't go away after anti-bio-tix, I don't know what to say. Just VERY glad that no one's found anything super yuck yet. That sounds good. Like Khyra says, "paws are crossed," and we send pawsitive vibes.
Huggers and Love xo,

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

OHHHHHHH Nooooo sweet Joey....
Poor baby!!!
Valerie...we haven't had experience like that but today I'll go to the vet for Milo ( he started to limp yesterday...I think something is going inside his paw) and I'll try to ask him (that is one of the best vet here in Italy) something about Joey!!!!
Hope the antibiotix could work well..and Joey is feeling better soon!!!!
Let me know something about him soon pleaseeeeee dear sister!!!!
Our paws are crossed for him and we'll keep you and your baby in our prayers!!!
We love youuuuuuuuuu!!!

Sara Alves said...

i realy hope he meds help!!!
I don´t have much experience with it... Pu is my first pup... and he never had anything like that :(

oh that must be realy scarry...
gee... we will keep our paws as finger crossed!

please keep us posted

lots of kisses and licks for joey!
sara and pu

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

We have no advice to offer, but we are keeping you in our thoughts and paws crossed for Joey.

Tucker and Daisy

Brownie said...

Oh my dog... I have no idea what it may be, but we're keeping our paws and ears crossed for you.

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

we will keep our paws crossed that he is okay - and my only advise to you is pet insurance

Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ

caboval said...

Thanks for all you guys kind words. And Woodrow, I just cancelled our pet insurance!!!! Joey seems better this morning. Its very scary, its almsot like he cant breathe! But its better today! I hope he keeps getting better! Thanks friends we love all of you!!!! Hugs Valerie

Sara Alves said...

just came by to see if there was any news... and thank god there were some good ones! :)

give joey some belly rubs for me! :)

hope you get all better really fast!
licks from the Pu monster!
sara and pu

Pipa said...

Don't be worried! If there was nothing on his throat it might be just an infection! Pipa had something similar a few month ago... she could swallow but she started couching and throwing things out after her meals... and she was always licking her nose... it was a throat infection! With antibiotics it went away!

We have our paws crossed!

Keep us posted.

Miley said...

Oh I'm sooo sorry to hear this!! I have to say it's never happened to me, I'm praying that everything works out ok and the antibiotics do their trick!!! Please keep us updated!!!

sending you lots of licks

MAX said...

Oh dear...I know this comment is late, but please know that we are thinking about Joey. What a terrible worry! Unfortunately we don't have any advice...
Hope everything goes well. Its heartbreaking not knowing what to do.
Tons of licks

Dennis the Vizsla said...

We haven't had this problem -- hope the antibiotics help!