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Regurgitation refers to the process in which the dog's stomach contents (i.e., food) move backwards up the esophageal track and into the mouth. This medical condition can be congenital (inherited) or acquired from a variety of causes. Fortunately, modifications to the animal's diet, in conjunction with medication, will correct the condition.
Regurgitation can occur in both dogs and cats. If you would like to learn how this medical disorder affects cats, please visit this page in the PetMD health library.
Common symptoms associated with regurgitation include:
Regurgitation can occur in any breed, although there are several that are pre-disposed to the condition, including the Wire Fox Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Great Dane, German Shepherd, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Newfoundland, and Chinese Shar-Pei.
Medical problems which can cause regurgitation include:
First, your veterinarian will determine whether vomiting alone caused the symptoms associated with regurgitation. If the condition has been prolonged, an examination of the throat area will be performed to determine the extent of long-term damage. X-rays or other forms diagnostic imaging may also be used to examine internally for damage.
The return of food into the oral cavity after it has been swallowed
A condition of the muscles in which they are diseased
The condition of having a part of a body part protruding through the tissue that would normally cover it
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach