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Hello,
Wondering if anyone has experienced this or something similar with their dog.
My pup is 5 months old. From day 1 she would choke on her water, it wasn't too bad, and we just assumed she was drinking too fast and dismissed it. We asked the vet, and they said it could be normal as she is only 10 weeks old, and to raise her water bowl.
Fast forward to 5 months, and when she drinks she makes these loud swallowing noises, then continues to try to swallow loudly, like big gulp sounds, followed by a soft cough and hacks.
Ugh! I brought her in for x-rays, and they all seems normal. Now the vet wants to do a endoscopy, a Floura Scope to be exact and the cost just for the endo is $4000!!! ( insert tears here) I don't have pup insurance (insert more tears here)
If anyone has had similar situation with their dog what was their prognosis and outcome? Medication, surgery?
I feel like my vet does not know the issue, and I'm scared if I spend the money they still won't know the issues...
Please any insight, experiences or Vets can assist I would be so grateful.
If anyone knows of a low cost vet that does Floura Scope in Ontario I would be appreciate the info.

Thank you!
M
 

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Does she have similar problems when she eats, and/or regurgitate her food soon after eating? If so, then I would be concerned about mega-esophagus.
 

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Does she have similar problems when she eats, and/or regurgitate her food soon after eating? If so, then I would be concerned about mega-esophagus.
No, funny enough after she eats she's fine. No weird noises....BUT does burp very often after eating and drinking. EVERY single time, she does not miss a beat.
 

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Does your vet accept Care Credit? They're specifically financing for medical situations - including pets - and can often be a big help for unexpected vet bills.

Unfortunately the only way to get real answers is to do more diagnostics. If your vet doesn't have enough information, they're not going to be able to appropriately address the problem in a way that's safe and effective. But do be up front with your vet about your financial concerns. A good vet should be willing to work with you - not necessarily offer a discount or payment plan, but things like discussing cost breakdown or suggesting alternative diagnostics that might be more affordable. The downside with alternative diagnostics is that, if they don't turn up anything, you might wind up back where you started and still need the endoscopy having now paid for more tests than you needed. But your vet will be best able to walk you through that.

For lower cost options in your area, try reaching out to shelters and rescues and ask if they know anyone who provides services. If you have a veterinary college in your area they might be worth looking into - some can be less expensive, some can be more. Either way they do tend to have access to a lot of specialists, tools, and training that a typical vet practice can't afford, so can be a great resource in difficult cases. But again, cost at such a place can be hugely variable so it might not be worth it if it's even higher cost than what your vet offers.
 

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Hello,
Wondering if anyone has experienced this or something similar with their dog.
My pup is 5 months old. From day 1 she would choke on her water, it wasn't too bad, and we just assumed she was drinking too fast and dismissed it. We asked the vet, and they said it could be normal as she is only 10 weeks old, and to raise her water bowl.
Fast forward to 5 months, and when she drinks she makes these loud swallowing noises, then continues to try to swallow loudly, like big gulp sounds, followed by a soft cough and hacks.
Ugh! I brought her in for x-rays, and they all seems normal. Now the vet wants to do a endoscopy, a Floura Scope to be exact and the cost just for the endo is $4000!!! ( insert tears here) I don't have pup insurance (insert more tears here)
If anyone has had similar situation with their dog what was their prognosis and outcome? Medication, surgery?
I feel like my vet does not know the issue, and I'm scared if I spend the money they still won't know the issues...
Please any insight, experiences or Vets can assist I would be so grateful.
If anyone knows of a low cost vet that does Floura Scope in Ontario I would be appreciate the info.

Thank you!
M
Lots of products on the market to slow down dogs that like to inhale their food & drink. Id' give one of these a quick try before dishing out thousands of dollars for an endoscopy. Also if there's a problem with the esophagus, solid foods would usually present symptoms before liquids...
 
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