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I have a 8 month old English Cream Golden Retriever puppy. He was not able to nurse because the milk would flow out his nose. I tube fed him hoping he would grow out of whatever was going on and live a somewhat normal life. He made it! I was able to get him drinking from a bunny feeder and eating ground up kibble. He has grown and looks so healthy. Problem is he still has trouble with drinking water and eating. As he gets bigger his issue is getting worse and his health is going down hill. He was just diagnosed with mega esophagus and ended up in the animal hospital for 4 nights with aspiration pneumonia.
The vet told me he most likely will not make it to see his 1st bday. I really think there is another reason why his water flows out his nose when he drinks. He now sits in a Baileys chair to eat and I am feeding him meatball shaped food so he does not have to lick his food and Knox jello blocks so he does not have to lick to drink.
This is all working but I need to know what’s wrong with him and would love to get him fixed so hopefully he will get to live a normal life.
 

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Has be been checked for a cleft palate? Not being able to nurse properly and having mater come out their nose when the drink are pretty common with a cleft palate.
 

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The vet said they do not see any sign of cleft pallet. I thought the same thing and still wonder if they could have missed it.
 

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Has be been checked for a cleft palate? Not being able to nurse properly and having mater come out their nose when the drink are pretty common with a cleft palate.
The vet said they do not see any sign of cleft pallet. I thought the same thing and still wonder if they could have missed it. Anytime he uses his tongue to lick he chokes continuously until sometimes he faints.
 

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I'd be seeking a second opinion from a different vet or requesting a specialist referral. There's clearly something wrong and if your vet can't identify the issue then there's really no way to know whether it's fixable.
 

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What DaySleeper and LeoRose said - 2nd opinion, vet with more specialized diagnostic tools if possible. Cleft palate was the first thing that popped into my mind from description too.
 

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Get a second opinion. Cleft pallet can be fixed with surgery. Megaesophagus cannot.

In the latter the problem in puppies can stem from a persistent right aortic arch.. a bit of tissue that is supposed to disintegrate as the dog grows does not disintegrate and entraps the esophagus.
 
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