Lucy Has No Blockage

Well, the vet did an ultrasound today, and from that they have determined there is no blockage. Ugh! Would they see something for sure? Even if it’s maybe tape or invisible? My husband took her, and dropped her off, and talked to them.

So if there is no blockage, their next guess is it could be Canine Mesaesophagus. Here is some information from their website:

Regurgitation? Not Vomiting?
Regurgitation may be the first sign you notice. Either food or water, sometimes both, may be regurgitated. Regurge is a “passive” act -the stomach muscles typically do not contract or heave. The food brought up by regurgitation is usually undigested, may have a tubular shape, and is often covered with a slimy mucous. He/she will often try to eat the regurgitated material.

And it is true.. she doesn’t do the hacking thing where your stomach contracts and then you vomit. It’s more like she’s just laying there and suddenly, even peacefully, food and water come back up. So she does seem like she is regurgitating more than she is throwing up… aka vomiting.

Lucy is a collie, and she turned 9 years old in February, I wonder if this is common or uncommon in collies. I’ll have to check about that. There’s a yahoo group about this too, which I have joined.

Well, now I get to read more about it… and I have obedience lessons tonight. I hate that Lucy is regurgitating like this… and I guess I need to call it that, not vomiting. I didn’t actually even know there was a difference. My sweet Lucy. They also say, on the website, “Sleep deprivation due to night-time regurges is fairly common”… I have been putting her out of the bedroom at night, and feeling awful about it, or I couldn’t sleep. And I think she’s hungry and thirsty, too. She’s lost three pounds since her last vet visit which was probably early last week.

I hate this. I feel angry and helpless… like I did when Kip was old and his life was ending. I want to run and avoid and even get mad at Lucy… but I’m not mad at her, I’m mad at the bum body she got stuck with. Ugh.

20 thoughts on “Lucy Has No Blockage”

  1. Hi there,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am sorry to hear about Lucy’s problem. I hope that she is feeling better soon. My mom had a rough collie when she was younger, and still loves them! Yours are beautiful!
    Love Clover xo

  2. Oh my. My friends puppy has megaesophagus! He’s having surgery on July 11th to fix it. That’s so weird, I’ve never heard of it before and now I hear it twice in a week. Hope Lucy is okay.

  3. Ryddick was checked for it, but it ended up being another medical mistery. If you feed Lucy you have to keep her up for 20 to 30 minutes. Best thing is have her checked for it.

  4. Im glad she doesnt have a blockage. That is really scary.

    Eris does this with water if she drinks too much too fast.

  5. HI Flo.. that is odd! I’d never heard of it either. We are still not sure that is what it is. From what I’ve read young dogs get diagnosed with it, and Lucy is 9.

  6. Thanks Astrid… today Lucy is weak in the rear and is falling over, the Husband is taking her back to the vet for more tests. Ugh.

  7. Hey Lora… we were hoping for a blockage, at least that would be something concrete we could fix. Not knowing what it is is awful. 🙁

  8. I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this. It’s so scary when you can’t help and don’t know how to make it better. 🙁

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  9. Thanks castocreations.. yeah, we hate not knowing. We know more know, and we can help her some at least!

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