General information on Esophagitis
Esophagitis is the inflammation of the esophagus. There are several causes of esophagitis. Some of which are gastroesophageal reflux, injury to the stomach lining, hiatal hernia, cancer, foreign body in the esophagus, or a burn to the stomach lining. There is no predisposition for any age, breed, or sex.
Symptoms of Esophagitis
Some of the symptoms of esophagitis may be: vomiting (especially right after eating), excessive drooling, repeated swallowing, dysphagia, weight loss, loss of appetite, inflammation, discomfort while swallowing, and coughing.
Treatments for Esophagitis
The treatment for esophagitis is dependent on the underlying cause of the esophagitis. The best way to cure esophagitis is to cure its underlying condition. Should the underlying cause of the esophagitis be a burn or gastroesophageal reflux, then certain medications are prescribed by a veterinarian. Should the underlying cause of the esophagitis be a hiatal hernia, then surgery may be required. The treatments may be severe depending on the underlying cause. Dietary modification, antibiotic therapies, gastric acid inhibitors, and hospitalization are some of the additional measures that may be required.
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Esophagitis experience by - faith
My name is Tina and my chiwawas name is "Faith" i have to be honest and say i wasnt very happy to see that we had another dog in the family. She was almost starved to death and weighed four pounds. She had also been very bady abused for several months by small children and also has a broken leg which has been in a cast for 4 1/2 months. We still have a ways to go before its completely healed. The great thing is it is healing. Ive spent alot of time with Faith and have gotten the chance to get to know her. She has great spirits, and loves to give lots and lots of kisses. She loves to sleep under the covers and with you and will do whatever it takes to get there. She has even lifted Graces spirits our older chiwawa who liked to sleep and stay in the room all the time. Not anymore! Her and Faith are best friends, even closer than that...their "sisters" and love eachother. Any way i started noticing that she has a dry gagging cought that is becomeing more n more frequent. She is staring to loose weight even though ive only seen her get sick from coughing. They are also getting longer n longer. Sometime i dont think shes going to make thru being so small. As i research more n more it breaks my heart to learn that she still will have a rough road with being sick and wearing a acast thats bigger and weighs more than she does. Im not exactly she what is wrong with her but its definately her esophagitis. please pray for little Faith thank you, tina
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