Esophagitis needs to be treated immediately and aggressively so that a stricture does not form. Strictures can form in 7 days. Seek a veterinary internal medicine specialist.

It usually occurs secondary to severe esophagitis that extends into the muscle layers of the esophageal wall and results in scar tissue formation. Benign esophageal strictures in dogs and cats are complications of esophagitis and are usually associated with gastroesophageal reflux during anesthesia or vomiting of gastric contents, or they are secondary to foreign body impaction or the ingestion of caustic substances. Stricture formation occurs when inflammation extends into the submucosal and muscular layers of the esophagus and stimulates production of fibrous connective tissue. Reduction in the esophageal luminal diameter impedes deliv- ery of food into the stomach and results in regurgitation and malnutrition. The presence of esophageal strictures can be suspected from the animal’s history; regurgitation develops about 7 days after anesthesia or a vomiting episode or else after recent ingestion of a foreign body or caustic substance. Diagnosis is confirmed by barium contrast esophagram or direct visualization with esophagoscopy. Currently, the most commonly used therapy for esophageal strictures in veterinary medicine is balloon dilation.


This site is based on our personal experience and research we have done to try to inform the general public. It should not be used as professional veterinary advice. Please consult with your veterinarian if you suspect your pet is experiencing any of these issues so that they can address it as soon as possible.