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Pet Health Concerns: Esophageal Achalasia

Esophageal achalasia is a serious digestive condition that occurs in both cats and dogs. With this condition, the esophagus walls in the throat fail to relax enough to allow food to pass properly. With food having difficulty getting down to the stomach, this condition often leads to regurgitation, pneumonia, pulmonary conditions, and even esophageal cancer in some instances. Breathing problems can be a result of this since food is getting stuck in the esophagus and the airway.

Although this condition can occur in a variety of cat and dog breeds, the Greyhound breed seems to be quite susceptible to this condition. Esophageal achalasia can be diagnosed by your veterinarian by conducting an endoscopic exam or a radiograph. Surgery is an available option for treatment of this condition, however it may be quite expensive and cost several hundred dollars in medical bills.

By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.

Has your pet ever experienced any problems with esophageal achalasia? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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