Is megaesophagus in dogs curable? There is no cure for megaesophagus in dogs and cats. Still, the condition may be manageable. Treating megaesophagus means treating the underlying cause (if there is one). It also means treating any conditions caused by the megaesophagus (like aspiration pneumonia).
At what age does megaesophagus start in dogs? Congenital megaesophagus often presents in puppies as they start to wean and is typically evident by 3 months of age. Dogs with milder disease may not present until 1 year old. Typical clinical signs include regurgitation and failure to thrive.
What can be done for megaesophagus in dogs?
- Medication or Botox treatments. The vet may prescribe doses of sildenafil for a particular duration.
- Feeding Tube. Your dog may require a gastric feeding tube.
- Food Consistency.
How long do dogs with megaesophagus live? What is the life expectancy of dogs with megaesophagus? The improvement rate for dogs with congenital megaesophagus ranges from 20 to 46%. The overall median survival time in one study of 71 dogs with generalized, secondary megaesophagus was 90 days.