Enlarged Esophagus (Megaesophagus) in Dogs
Even with dedicated care, many dogs with megaesophagus will remain somewhat
stunted and have bouts of aspiration pneumonia. Episodes of aspiration
pneumonia require antibiotics, selected after culture and sensitivity
tests. Signs of pneumonia are coughing, fever, and rapid, labored breathing.
Puppies with congenital megaesophagus may eventually outgrow the condition.
Surgical correction of some vascular ring anomalies is possible. Dogs with
congenital megaesophagus should not be used for breeding.
Adult-onset megaesophagus is irreversible, but some dogs do well for many
years with careful attention to feeding and prompt treatment of respiratory