Megaoesophagus in dogs.

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) will publish a peer-reviewed paper A comparative analysis of two unrelated outbreaks in Latvia and Australia of acquired idiopathic megaoesophagus in dogs fed two brands of commercial dry dog foods: 398 cases (2014 – 2018). 

The paper was an outcome of an expert workshop at UC Davis in February 2019 to continue Mars' research into the link between diet and megaoesophagus (ME) following the recall of ADVANCE Dermocare in 2018.  The paper concludes that the cause in both incidents was most likely multifactorial, including potential breed disposition, immune-sensitivity or allergic reaction, cumulative chronic exposure to an-as-yet-unidentified or unknown toxic component(s) of the diet, and/or abrasive kibble texture. 

The publication link will be published shortly. 

Meanwhile attached a summary of the workshop has been made available by MARS Petcare.