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My 1 1/2 year old GSD foster failure who has thrown up nearly every day for the last 4 months sometimes very violently, finally FINALLY has a diagnosis.

She has what is called Persistent Right Aortic Arch. It is a congenital abnormality more common in German Shepherds. It is when the fetal aortic arch doesn't do what it is supposed to and ends up circling and causing stricture in the esophagus. The only treatment is surgical. Dr. Rowe says Sochi is only the second one he has seen in his career. This abnormality is usually dealt with at the time of weaning so we are not certain what the prognosis with surgery will be for her.

Her esophagus is distended above the stricture and the vet tells me that only half of the thin barium went into her stomach, the rest is sitting in her esophagus. He is consulting with a specialist to see what they think. The damage to esophagus could be permanent.

Any experience with this apparently rare abnormality??

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Lost them unexpectedly or made the decision? Do you know how old the dog was?

Thank you for any information. Sochi is one and a half and most dogs are either treated or euthanized shortly after weaning. I'm amazed she has made it for the last four months that I have had her, but even more amazing that she lived a year before that with some ******* who dropped her at a shelter for throwing up.
 

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I don't have any experience to share but I wanted to let you know that I hope the procedure goes smoothly and that the damage to the esophagus is not too bad.

Wishing you many more happy years with your Sochi!
 

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oh gosh, that happened yesterday? Sorry I didn't recognize the thread because that isn't one of Sochi's symptoms.

I feel awful for her.
 
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