This section is from the book "Sporting Dogs. Their Points And Management In Health, And Disease", by Frank Townend Barton. Also available from Amazon: Sporting Dogs; Their Points and Management in Health and Disease.
This begins at the back part of the mouth, the entrance into it is known as the pharynx, and ends at the stomach.
Stricture, or narrowing of the gullet, and injury to it, such as sometimes produced by the dog swallowing a sharp - pointed body, is not an uncommon accident.
External compression, such as the presence of a morbid growth in juxtaposition to the gullet, is capable of interfering with the functional use of the tube, thereby preventing the animal from swallowing properly.
Diseases of the gullet always demand the exercise of professional skill, and until this is obtained, nothing beyond trifling amounts of liquid nourishment ought to be given.