PetFAST alert: megaoesophagus cases in dogs

A cluster of cases of megaoesophagus in dogs has recently been identified by PetFAST, a joint initiative of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA) to identify health problems potentially associated with pet food.

While the cases are being investigated as a potential pet food-associated adverse effect, no definitive causal link has been identified and this is a precautionary alert. Owners whose dogs have recently started vomiting or regurgitating or are concerned about their pet’s health are advised to contact their veterinarian as soon as possible.

Reporting procedure

Veterinary practitioners who suspect a food-associated illness, particularly megaoesophagus, are asked to lodge a PetFAST report on the AVA website.

It is recommended by the PetFAST initiative that any dog with megaoesophagus receive supportive care, including a change of diet.