View Full Version : Another frustrated vet visit

28th November 2006, 07:03 PM
Once again, I'm so very frustrated!! My cavalier, Sasha, who is 8 years, has been having continuel spitting up issues. She has throat problems in general, so all foods have to cut in small bites for her. I have put her on half tab Pepcid AC as well as probiotics for her digestive system. I have not changed her diet in some time (two small meals of Natural Balance w/a dollop of pumpkin).

I took her to a different vet today. They did a chest x-ray to make sure she didn't have any heart/edema problems, as the cardiologist detected a slight murmur last month. The film looked clear. Her throwing up episodes have definitely increased and are very frustrating not only to me & my daughter (cleaning up constantly) but I also know Sasha is losing weight and she always seems hungry (loss of nutrients?). This vet could only suggest a regime of antibiotics in case she does have an infection or tonsil enlargement. She does need a dental done, but I wanted to wait until we had this problem under control.

I'm still so frustrated. I feel like another few hundred dollars down the drain with no answers! I am thinking that possibly the scar tissue in her throat (her surgery was 5 years ago) is causing her problems and needs attention, but is this why she is always throwing up so much?

Thanx for any suggestions.


Denise G.
28th November 2006, 07:36 PM
Did the doctor check for scar tissue in her throat? While I suppose it could be many things, I would be suspicious of scar tissue is she had throat surgery. Is what she's throwing up digested food or could the food be getting caught in her throat? Are you feeding kibble or canned food? I wonder if canned food would go down easier for her.

Just some thoughts...

I'm sorry Sasha isn't feeling well. I know how frustrated you must be.

I'm sure some others here will have good suggestions for you, too.

Hang in there!

28th November 2006, 11:42 PM
What about liquid? Can she take water and stuff ok? At least if she can, you could feed her broth and liquidised stuff to keep her hydrated and get some nutrients into her. Poor girl.

Cathy Moon
29th November 2006, 01:52 AM
Could you ask your vet for a referral to a specialist? Are there any vets within a reasonable distance who do endoscopy? Ask your vet where the nearest veterinary college is.

It sounds like maybe there is some kind of obstruction. Scoping her might be the best way to find the problem.

I'm so sorry you're going through this. :flwr: I'd want to find a specialist quickly!

29th November 2006, 09:27 PM
Thanx for the input from all of you. Actually there is a vet college about 4 hours from where I live. I also believe an internal medicine vet is going to visit the vet clinic I recently just took Sasha to. They also do the inter-active scope procedure - they scope and another vet school looks at the screen while the procedure is going on.

After another night of thought, I think a scope would be the best approach. I hope to wait until the vet that did her throat surgery returns and ask him if he thinks we should scope to look at the scar tissue since he did the initial surgery. Meanwhile, it's probably a good idea to have her on antibiotics prior to any procedure just in case there is any infection.