My 13 yo shih tzu X has been a healthy dog until about a month ago. The family and I didn't know why he stopped eating and sat in isolation.
After many visits to the vet, blood work, xrays, they had seen a foreign body (a bone) in his esophagus (right before the stomach entrance) on the 11th day after onset of symptoms.
When we found out, we brought him to a specialist the next day to get it removed. Apparently it was a large sharp bone that had done some moderate damage to his esophagus. They pushed it down into the stomach. They kept him for 2 nights to make sure that he was stable. He was deemed stable to come home.
However, he has still been losing weight, super lethargic and now barks every hour from what looks like pain. He looks like he has difficulty swallowing before his barking episodes.
My normal vet suggested to get all his bad teeth removed too, to get rid of one of his sources of infections- in attempt for him to heal faster.
We went ahead with that. They removed ten bad teeth (my poor dog- I wish I knew better to remove sooner)
A week and a half after that, his lymph nodes are huge.
He is still the same and still losing weight. We hand feed him and force him to take his medication via syringe. Coco went for a check up and the vet thinks hes just healing very slowly. His esophagus is most likely still inflamed. He is suffering so much. I feel like I need to let him go in peace. It has been about a month since his foreign body removal procedure.
Any stories on your pets having a foreign body in their esophagus..É