You may be aware of the recent and concerning news regarding the deaths and illness of Victoria Police dogs and at least three pet dogs due to Megaoesophagus. An investigation has been launched to search for the link between the ‘rare’ cluster illness and the consumption of Advance Dermocare dry food. Manufacturer Mars Petcare Australia has voluntarily recalled Advance Dermocare dry dog food in 3kg, 8kg and 15kg bags. If you have any of this product you can return it to us for a full refund.
Megaoesophagus occurs when there is a decreased or absent oesophageal motility which results in abnormal enlargement of the oesophagus – a muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach. It is a rare disease that commonly affects dogs and occasionally cats, which causes the animal to lose its ability to swallow or absorb nutrients. The cause of Megaoesophagus can be congenital in nature (born with) or acquired due to other illnesses.
Signs or symptoms of this illness that you may see are mainly regurgitation or vomiting and weight loss. If food has accidentally gone down to the airway your dog may also have clinical signs of coughing, lethargy and may be unwell from pneumonia. Diagnosis is based on relevant history and thoracic radiograph. These symptoms can be commonly related to many other conditions/causes so if you are at all concerned please phone us or visit us for peace of mind.