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My Dog Has Megaesophagus

Updated on November 09, 2015

What is Megaesophagus?

I had never heard of megaesophagus until my dog, Tyson, a Labrador Retriever, developed Mega esophagus and was diagnosed when he was about 13 years old and got a crash course about the symptoms and care required to manage the disease.

I started researching and learning everything I could and discovered how important it is to recognize the symptoms of megaesophagus. The symptoms can start out to be very mild, but if proper care and treatment are not provided, the condition will usually become steadily worse until it can cause the death of your dog! The earlier your dog is diagnosed the more likely you will be able to provide the proper care to help your dog live a long and healthy life. On this page I'm sharing my experiences and the resources I found for helping my dog.

All photos by Vicki Green - PNW Travels unless otherwise credited


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Diagnosing Megaesophagus

Regurgitation vs Vomit

Our dog, Tyson had a history of several strokes and seizures. Sometimes immediately after one of these events he would appear to vomit. So since a stroke or seizure can cause dizziness, we thought when his food came back up it was due to dizziness and nausea.

His food come back up without warning, totally undigested and covered in slime. We didn't realize that this is a symptom of problems with his esophagus and that there is a difference between regurgitation and vomiting. The photo shows what regurgitated food looks like.

Vomit is digested or partially digested food that is usually yellow because of the presence of digestive fluids from the stomach. Vomiting is an active process usually preceded by gagging, heaving, and retching as the body actively expels stomach contents. On the other hand regurgitation is a passive process with food coming from the esophagus undigested and suddenly expelled, often without any retching sounds or warning.

Your veterinarian will want to do several tests to determine if your dog has megaesophagus and will also want to do tests to try to identify any underlying disease. The work-up will usually include blood tests, urine test and and x-ray of the chest.

Symptoms of Esophagus Problems

1. Regurgitation of water, mucous or food.

2. Loss of appetite or refusal to eat.

3. Weight loss.

4. Swallowing difficulty, exaggerated and/or frequent swallowing.

5. Frequent attempts to clear the throat with a "hacking" sound.

6. Sour and/or foul smelling breath.

Causes of Canine Megaesophagus

How does megaesophagus happen?

The muscles in the wall of esophagus normally contract and push food down from the mouth to the stomach. Megaesophagus occurs when the muscles in the wall of the esophagus become weak. The cause of the weakness is usually a complete or partial paralysis of the nerves leading to the muscles. The nerve damage may result from several causes. Some dogs are born with congenital megaesophagus and the symptoms become apparent at about the time they are weaned and begin to eat solid food. Other dogs develop the condition later in life as a result of other diseases or causes which is called acquired megaesophagus.

Congenital Megaesophagus

Dogs who are born with Megaesophagus

Congenital Megaesophagus can sometimes be caused by incomplete nerve development or can be caused by a condition called persistent right aortic arch (PRAA).

PRAA is a vascular ring abnormality in which the esophagus is trapped between a ring of fetal blood vessels and tissues which constricts it. The tissues normally should disappear just before or at birth, but they don't always do so. Usually the first symptoms appear at about 3 -4 weeks of age when the puppy is being weaned to solid foods.

Puppies with incomplete nerve development may outgrow the condition or it may be possible to have it surgically corrected. However, in many cases some residual regurgitation persists.

Congenital Megaesophagus

Yellow Labrador Retriever Puppy
Yellow Labrador Retriever Puppy | Source

Acquired Megaesophagus

Older dogs who develop Mega Esophagus

Megaesophagus can be caused by other diseases and medical conditions. Laboratory tests can be done to determine if the megesophagus is caused by:

1. Myasthenia Gravis

2. Thyroid Disease

3. Addison's Disease.

Megaesophagus can also be caused by other neurological disorders and tumors. If the cause is determined, there may be treatment available for for the underlying disease which may help or resolve the megaesphagus, but often the damage to the esophagus is permanent. Sometimes all of the tests come back negative and the cause remains a mystery which is called "idiopathic" megaesophagus. All of Tyson's tests except for his thyroid function test came back negative. His thyroid was very slightly low, and we started him on thyroid medication, but it didn't seem to help.

Dangers of Megaesophagus

The biggest risk to your dog's health is aspirating the food or fluids from the esophagus into the lungs. This can result in aspiration pneumonia, a very serious and deadly condition. If your dog has megaesophagus, it is important to prevent aspiration pneumonia and to take your dog to the veterinarian immediately if your dog shows symptoms of aspiration pneumonia.

So what are the symptoms of aspiration pneumonia?

1. Coughing

2. Discharge from the nose

3. Fever

Other life threatening problems that can be caused by Megaesophagus include dehydration, starvation and malnutrition.

Coping with Megaesophagus - How to keep your dog healthy and alive!

Megaesophagus vertical feeding
Megaesophagus vertical feeding

Feeding Your Dog in a Vertical Position

The most important thing to know is that your dog needs to be placed in a vertical feeding position immediately to avoid starvation and/or aspiration pneumonia.

IMPORTANT - this does NOT mean an "elevated bowl." Simply elevating the bowl does not place the esophagus in the proper position to allow gravity to work.

Vertical feeding can be accomplished in many ways. You can be creative! When Tyson was diagnosed it was explained that he needed to be fed upright immediately. We looked around at what we had available in our home and saw that we had a clean, new garbage can that we had used to store birdseed. We stuffed a blanket inside to pad it and it became Tyson's feeding "chair".

Here are some examples of what you can use:

1. Place your dog upright in a clean trash can cushioned with a blanket

2. Put your dog upright in your lap

3. Prop your dog up in a chair or sofa

4. Use a child's car seat

5. Create a harness attached to a wall

6. Build or buy a "Bailey Chair"

Your dog must remain in the chair for 20-30 minutes after feeding, drinking or taking medication to allow gravity to work.

It is also helpful to elevate your dog's head and shoulders when he or she is asleep to keep saliva and any food or water remaining in the esophagus from flowing into the trachea and into the lungs. This can be done by adding a pillow under your dog's bed to keep the body at a 45 degree angle or by making or purchasing a "Pro Collar".

Your veterinarian may also prescribe medications that will treat the underlying disease or help to protect the esophagus from further damage.


A Bowl to Help Keep Your Dog from Eating Too Fast

Advance Pet Products Stainless Steel Flying Saucer, 11-Inch
Advance Pet Products Stainless Steel Flying Saucer, 11-Inch

This stainless steel bowl with a raised center helps to prevent your dog from eating too fast.

 

Feeding dishes for dogs who eat too fast - Dogs with megaesphagus should eat slowly

Dogs with megaesophagus shouldn't eat too much too fast. Eating at a slower pace with frequent smaller meals helps to prevent the esophagus from becoming more extended and enlarged from the food. If your dog eats too fast, a feeding dish with an elevated center will help force your dog to eat slower. Or, many people who have a dog with megaesophagus feed their dogs by hand, with a spoon, or by shaping the food into small meatballs and feeding them one at a time.

Video Showing Elevated Feeding from a "Bailey Chair" or "Sit Chair" - Dogs with megaesophagus need to be fed in a vertical position

When a dog has megaesophagus, gravity must be used to move food though the esophagus so they need to be fed in an elevated position. Using a "Bailey Chair", which may also be called a "Sit Chair", is recommended for keeping the esophagus in the proper position whenever food, liquids or medications are given to your dog.

Make an Elevated Feeding Chair For Your Dog with Megaesophagus - Build your own "Bailey Chair" or "Sit Chair"

Build a Bailey Chair
Build a Bailey Chair

Design Your Own Sits Chair

My husband built Tyson his own version of a "Bailey Chair". We looked at photos of some "Bailey Chairs" on the internet that others had built and made some modifications to create his own version using some materials we had left over from some home improvement projects.


Tyson's Vertical Feeding "Bailey Chair"

Tyson's Vertical Feeding "Bailey Chair"
Tyson's Vertical Feeding "Bailey Chair"

The "Bailey Chair" - Tyson in his new "Bailey Chair"

Megaesophagus Feeding Chair
Megaesophagus Feeding Chair

Other Resources for Building or Buying a Bailey Chair

Donna & Joe Koch's dog, Bailey, was diagnosed with megaesophagus, so they designed a "chair" to help their dog eat in an upright position. Naturally they called it a "Bailey Chair" in honor of their dog. The chair helps to maintain a dog in the correct position for gravity to move food, drink, or medication through the esophagus to the stomach. There are several ways you can acquire a Bailey Chair:

You can contact the Koch's and they will send you a DVD or video of instructions for building your own Bailey Chair for $6.00 to cover costs. (see the helpful links section below)

eHow has instructions on how to build a Bailey Chair (see the helpful links section below)

Oleisa & Neal Moor have started building the chairs and sell chairs custom made for your dog for the cost of the materials (see the helpful links section below)


Tyson Trying Out His Bailey Chair the First Time

Making Your Dog Food Into a Slurry

A Blender Comes in Handy
A Blender Comes in Handy

Special Diets For Dogs with Megaesophagus

Most dogs with megaesophagus will need some modifications to their diet. Depending on the severity of their condition, your dog may need to change to a low-fat or low residue canned food diet. The dog will definitely need to be fed a high quality food. Sometimes adding liquid nutritional supplements like Ensure will also help.

Some dogs may be able to continue to eat their regular dog food mixed with water or other liquids and blended into a gruel the consistency of a milkshake. Other dogs do best when their food is moistened and shaped into small "meatballs". (The "meatballs" must be swallowed whole.) Each dog is different so it may take some experimentation to see what works best.

Other feeding tips:

Multiple small feedings, (3-4 meals per day) usually works better than 1 or 2 larger ones

Fluids and medications must be given in the vertical position as well.


Cuisinart CBT-1000 PowerEdge 1.3 Horsepower Blender with BPA Free Jar, 64-Ounce, Brushed Stainless
Cuisinart CBT-1000 PowerEdge 1.3 Horsepower Blender with BPA Free Jar, 64-Ounce, Brushed Stainless

Since blending the dog food to the right consistency can be hard on the motor of a blender, I recommend a heavy duty blender like this model.

 

A blender will help to make the dog's food the proper consistency - You may need a blender to make the dog food smooth

To make your dog's food into the proper consistency, you will probably need a blender. I admit I burned out the motor on an inexpensive blender and had to buy a more heavy duty model with more horsepower.

What to feed a dog with megaesophagus? - You may need to switch to a different food

Flint River Ranch Fish n Chips Formula
Flint River Ranch Fish n Chips Formula | Source

What Dog Food is Best?

Some people continue to feed their dog the same food they were feeding him or her before and merely put it in a blender. Others find that it is helpful to switch their dog with megaesophagus to a prescription diet food, canned food or a homemade diet. A raw food diet is not recommended by most veterinarians who are knowledgeable about megaesophagus.

Dogs with megaesophagus should be fed a nutritious food that is easy to digest. Prior to Tyson's diagnosis of megaesophagus we had been feeding him Flint River Ranch Trout and Potato Formula. We continued to feed him the same dog food, but simply put it in the blender with some warm water or broth and some Ensure to help him put on some weight. Since each dog is diffferent, Ensure does not work well for all dogs. Flint River Ranch is made in the USA with human-grade food quality ingredients and is oven baked - not steam extruded which helps make it more easily digested. It worked well for Tyson, but it can't be overstated that each dog is different so it may take some experimentation to find the best food for your dog with megaesophagus.


Knox Gelatin Blocks Recipe for Dogs with Megaesophagus - Gelatin Cubes - Keep 'em hydrated with a tasty snack!

Make Some Knox Blocks
Make Some Knox Blocks

Knox Blocks Recipe

Many dogs with megaesophagus can't drink fluids normally without regurgitating. To keep adequate hydration some dogs may need to be given subcutaneous fluids. Other dogs can tolerate drinking liquids that have been thickened. Knox Blox made with Knox unflavored gelatin is another way that some dogs can stay hydrated and they make a great nutritious treat for those dogs who can drink water, too!

Here's the recipe:

1 cup cold low sodium chicken or beef broth

4 packages of Knox unflavored gelatin

3 cups of boiling liquid (water or a mixture of broth and water)

Pour a cup of cold broth into a 9 x 11 or 9 x 13 baking pan.

Sprinkle 4 packages of gelatin over the top and stir

Add 3 cups of boiling liquid and stir until the gelatin is disolved

Refrigerate until solid - approximately 3 hours

Cut the firm gelatin into dice sized blocks and store in the refrigerator

Your dog may hesitate to eat these at first, but usually once they try them, they love them!


Knox Gelatin Blocks

Knox Gelatin Blocks
Knox Gelatin Blocks
Knox Original Gelatin (32-Count Envelopes), Unflavored, 8-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 2)
Knox Original Gelatin (32-Count Envelopes), Unflavored, 8-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 2)

The main ingredient in the recipe for Knox blocks includes original unflavored Knox gelatin.

 

Make Knox Blocks with Knox Gelatin and Broth - Ingredients for making Knox Blox

You can use any type of broth your dog likes, but it is usually best to use the low sodium types.

THICK IT ORIGINAL DIAFOODS Size: 10 oz.
THICK IT ORIGINAL DIAFOODS Size: 10 oz.

Original Thick-it comes in a powder to be added to liquids. It is tasteless, but thickens liquids to a consistency that makes it easier to swallow.

 

Water Thickened with Thick-it - Thicken water or other liquids with Thick-it

Another product that some people find helpful to help their dog with megaesophagus drink water without causing problems is to thicken it with a product called Thick-it. When added to a liquid it thickens it and makes it heavier allowing it to move more easily throught the esophagus by gravity. It was developed for people with swallowing problems, but can also be used for dogs.

Contech ProCollar Protective Collar, Large
Contech ProCollar Protective Collar, Large

A ProCollar can be used to support and compress your dog's esophagus. ProCollars come in several sizes to fit any dog.

 

Support the Esophagus to Prevent Regurgitation While Sleeping - Keep Dogs with Megaesophagus from Regurgitating at Night

Many dogs with megaesophagus will benefit from wearing something to support their esophagus while they sleep, This helps to prevent the esophagus from filling with saliva or stomach contents. There are several different kinds to choose from. Pro Collars were designed originally to prevent pets from licking wounds and surgical incisions, but they can also be worn by your dog at night or anytime when your dog is sleeping to prevent regurgitation. Kong makes an inflatable collar or you can use a boppy pillow or make your own support collar from u shaped travel pillow by attaching a strap and velcro closure on the open side. With any of these support collars, keep the strap at the back and the cushioned pillow part in the front of your dog's throat.

In Memory of Tyson

A Personalized Memory Ornament
A Personalized Memory Ornament | Source

Across the Rainbow Bridge

Gone but not forgotten

Unfortunately our dear Tyson crossed the rainbow bridge in 2010, we miss him terribly, but have many fond memories. Tyson was approximately 13 years old, so he lived about as long as can be expected for a large dog. Many other dogs with mega-esophagus have lived for many years with the condition if managed carefully. If your dog has megaesophagus, make sure to utilize the resources and support that can be found in the links above. To learn more about Tyson's adventures, you can read more about him at Tyson the Traveling Labrador Retriever.

© 2010 Vicki Green

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      Very interesting and informative, I have never heard of this and will keep an eye on my dog Lacy a lab/pit mix. She has thrown up like that a few times but not often, maybe three or four times in her lifetime.

      Nice job, thanks for sharing.

      Robin

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      This is a truly excellent lens. You have shared your personal story, as well as a condition that I have never heard of and then showed how to make your own chair to deal with the condition. Well done! As a greeter I am very impressed with your work here. Not to mention the love you have shown for your dog.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      This is a truly excellent lens. You have shared your personal story, as well as a condition that I have never heard of and then showed how to make your own chair to deal with the condition. Well done! As a greeter I am very impressed with your work here. Not to mention the love you have shown for your dog.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @WildFacesGallery: Thanks so much for visiting my lens and for the kind comments!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @Light-in-me: Thank you!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      Excellent lens. I have a basset hound who inhales his food. He also vomits every now and then. I will keep an eye on him. He is not losing weight, though.

      Thanks for the information.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This looks like a very helpful resource for anyone whose dog has Mega Esophagus

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was not at all familiar with Mega Esophagus so certainly appreciated all this helpful information. I am thankful that Tyson was diagnosed and know he is in excellent care. The Bailey Chair (all versions) seem to really do the trick. Tyson looks a lot like my grandson's dog, Axel. This lens is now featured on my contest lens Squidoo's Summer Sunshine Award Nominees with your charity, ASPCA. I am also nominating this lens. Great work.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @OhMe: Thank you so much!

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wonderful, educational, heart warming lens. Your dog is lucky to have someone as compassionate as you for a friend.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am extremely mixed to find this information...one side of me is so appreciative to understand more about what was wrong with my BEAUTIFUL BLACK LAB named Black Butte, BB for short. She was the most incredible, loving, smart, loyal and friendly dog. We are ABSOLUTELY devistated that we had to put her down last week. Long story short, after a week of GI meds and expensive food her vomiting did not subside. She was barely able to keep down 4 cups of food in over a week. Getting weaker and still vomiting we searched for answers on the internet and also went back to the vet. Blood tests, x-rays, IV's they keep her two days and assumed it was more than likely a tumor/cancer that was pushing on her esophagus. She had a 102 fever and pneumonia. We were really given no hope for much more we could do...

      (Longer story...but I need to cope/grieve in writing this) We searched for a puppy 9 years ago when we lived in oregon and came upon a farm in Scappoose, Washington. She was the runt of the litter and looked about 6 weeks old at 9 weeks old. I held this baby pup in my arms 9 years ago and she hugged me...she actually hugged me! It was over from there we knew she'd be ours forever.

      We wanted an inside lap dog and that's exactly what she was. She didn't bark until she was 2 which was fine with us, we did need a guard dog. She has never ripped up a thing. We still have a 2 inch Minnie Mouse doll that was one of her first toys. It's a little faded from so much slobber but not a thread is torn. She loved being with us, playing fetch, going for walks and loved the water!

      She began vomiting about once a month about a year ago and then it slowly progressed to twice and so on until just recently it quickly went from once a day to after every meal or drink of water. BB had regular check-ups, shots, etc...so when this came on fast we were very concerned and confused...and now very sad to realize that it was only after her autopsy that the "vet" realized it was magnusesophagus. I asked him if there would have been any treatment for this and he basically avoided the question went on to all the other issues she had...pneumonia, some heart issues, hip dysplasia and then resolved to say it was the best decision. BS! BS! BS!

      We are supposed to pick up her ashes tomorrow and I plan to leave your article on this condition with the vet as well as the info on the feeding chair. I will never forget the look in my baby's eyes when the meds to put her to sleep hit. She looked to shocked...so full of life...so desperate. Thank you so much for all the info on your website, we didn't find this until we knew the diagnosis. Please help other desperate dog owners with "complete idiots" for vets that are searching for answers with their dog that is vomiting and just needs help with this condition. Most sites as you search vomiting in dogs lead you to GI issues and recommendations.

      Thanks again.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi, I would like to hear from anyone who lives with this condition. I have an 8 week old German Shepherd that passed a vet check. I took him back to the vet to check him as his throat was fluttering all the time. Litlle regusration but not a ton. It was confirmed by barium xray he does have the mega esophagus, Very bad news, I don't know what to do with him now. Is it fair to kee him going ? Feed back on surgery? I just can't put him down as he is so fantastic otherwise!!! Or is this selfish? He needs a home I cannot provide wth my other dogs. Thanks ,Tina

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      Wow, this is really informative and I am sure helpful to many dog owners. I had never heard of this condition before, how scary. Great job on sharing your dog's story. Blessed by a squidangel.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      Poor Tyson! Thanks for adding this great lens to the list of Dog Lenses on Adopt a Shelter Dog.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Do not put him down - it is a very manageable condition. just feeding himvertical is the main difference - read this info about Tyson - all the info is there. my pup was diagnosed in December and is doing just fine

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @PNWtravels: Love this info - My puppy has Congenital ME. Here's a little blog I have for him if you were interested. Love that you put this info out here to help others save their fur babies!!

      http://sidneyme.blogspot.com/

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Our dog has suffered from this condition for the past eight months. We didn't know what it was until this week. She'd been to specialists in addition to our regular vet and no one knew what was wrong with her. Our last visit to the Vets office we saw a different doctor. We were going to talk about making her comfortable in her last days (this was just tearing me up inside, watching her suffer). But when the different doc told us about this condition, I rushed home and did a search on the web. This site was a breath of fresh air. Thanks for putting it together and all that shared in it. I can't express the relief and hope that we now have for our little one. All the best to you all !

      P.S. I too am going to print this and give it to both Vets offices.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm so glad you found the information useful. Best wishes to you and your dog.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Vicki, you have done such a marvelous job on this lens and helped someone who is very active with dogs learn quite a bit.

      Congratulations on your two Angel Blessings and you now have one more - Angel Blessed*

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @BuckHawkcenter: Thank you so much, BuckHawk!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @norma-holt: Thank you so much!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never heard of this before. I love the Bailey Chair. What a great lens.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Very informative lens. I didn't know dogs got that also.

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      SusansZooCrew 6 years ago

      Thanks for visiting my lens, and this is a really informative lens...... even the graphic image of reguritation! My dog does that after eating a supposedly "safe" dog bone, so I stopped giving her any kind of bone. Glad to see you worked out a way to keep your dogs' dinner down!

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      SusansZooCrew 6 years ago

      Thanks for visiting my lens, and this is a really informative lens...... even the graphic image of reguritation! My dog does that after eating a supposedly "safe" dog bone, so I stopped giving her any kind of bone. Glad to see you worked out a way to keep your dogs' dinner down!

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      this is one of the most touching and compassionate lenses I have read. It is amazing what we that love our animals will do for them. My Isabel is paralyzed and I diaper her four or more times a day, and more that doesn't need to be discussed here. But the point is, there is really nothing I wouldn't do for her. Thank you for loving your baby so much.

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      Johann The Dog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      What a pawsome lens!!! I have a bud that has this condition and she has a Bailey Chair too! Very important info, thank you for sharing your story! Woofs Johann

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      We will do anything for our dogs. Sometimes I think we feel helpless in the face of a dire diagnosis such as megaesphagus--in reality, we can do a great deal to heal these situations. Same is true for human conditions.

      What a beautiful dog!

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      wyrm11268 6 years ago

      What a beautiful, touching and informative lens. I had never heard of Megaesophagus but do know the frustration and fear of having a sick dog. I will do anything for my dogs. Tyson is a lovely dog and he is lucky to have such loving and caring owners.

      Thank you for this lens and am sure it will help many dog owners.

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      You've done a thorough job on this subject which makes it a rich resource . . . very well done and blessed!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very informative and awesome job on this lens which I'm sure will be handy for dog owners who are looking into megaesphagus. I was not aware of this condition so I learned something new. Happy New Year! **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. I've learned so much on a pet problem I haven't heard of before. I'm really sorry Tyson has this problem, but I very glad he has a loving family to help him deal with it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh my you are wonderful people and I remember you blessing my lens on my dog Teddybear. You and truly know the love of some very special dogs!! Your dog is very fortunate to have you.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Back to bless again and this time add to Angel Blessings for Dogs on Squidoo

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Could the author of this site please contact us at k9megae@yahoo.com. Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very informative lens! I'd never heard of this condition. Thanks for all the info on what it is and how to cope.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      This was totally new to me. Really appreciate knowing more about this condition. How fortunate for Tyson that you are such loving and caring parents. :-) Hope things are going well.

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      My vet had a lab with this condition. I remember her describing the vertical feeding she had to do. Wow.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      What an important lens. I'm posting this over to Facebook where I have a lot of friends with dogs. Great lens.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks for enlightening me about this ailment. My pug regurgitated her food some last year. The vet found she had a low thyroid activity, so now she is on Thyroxin each day, and it seems to have worked. She is 12 years old, but seems to be in pretty good health now. I would never have known of this without your lens, thanks again.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I had never heard of this. Your lens will surely save some dogs lives with its depth of information and advice! Thank you!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I've never heard of Megaesophagus and hope I never experience it with a dog up close and personal. Poor pooch Tyson! Great information you've shared.

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      prosuccess 5 years ago

      Great lens.Very informative lens! Thanks !

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I was very interested in your lens. One of our dogs has a very bad cough and has had it for about 1 week. We took her to the veterinarian and got some meds. We are to treat her for 1 week and see how it goes. It is so frustrating and scary when our pets get sick. Of course, they can't tell us what's wrong so we need to be pro-active and not wait too long when they are not well.

      I feel sure that you miss Tyson and I offer my sympathy to you.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @LaraineRoses: Yes, we do miss Tyson. Thank you for the condolences.

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      What a word monster, that megaesophagus. Never heard of it before now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i've just adopted a 4 month old pup from the rehoming center who has MegaE. i am finding it hard to find a way to keep some food down with him. he doesn't seem to digest anything and even though i keep him upright as long as possible he still seems to be sick. he can even vomit undigested food in the morning after and 8-10 hr sleep. i have added a thickener to any fluids i give him too. i am so worried i am doing things wrong. i joined the yahoo group in the hopes of picking up some good tips. he's such a darling...i hate to think that i could be hurting him. i am looking to either buy or get my hubby to build a Bailey Chair in the hopes that this will help. Your story is amazing and the information on this page has been a great help. I am living in Scotland so i will have to find the equivalent of these things over here. it's harder to deal with than i imagined but he's worth it. he's so sweet and loving and although i've only had him since Thursday he's fast become part of my family.x

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Our 3month old puppy (Lhasa Apso) was just diagnosed with MegaE. I stumbled across this and have found the information provided to be helpful. Our pup developed Aspiration Pneumonia and since then we've been doing the vertical feedings and have seen much improvement. The only problem we've encountered is that she LOVES to chew. She wants our other dogs rawhides and we have been leery to let her gnaw on one for fear of her getting a piece broken off. We've tried the rubber bones/toy but she has no interest in them. Do you have any suggestions?

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      What a very useful lens - wish I'd known all this last spring when one of my greyhounds 'suddenly' developed megaesophagus. Although he wasn't quite 4 years old, it turned out to be an effect of a hypothyroid condition which had also developed relatively quickly. A few months on thyroid meds and the MegaE is gone, all is well, and we feel very lucky. I can't imagine how I'd have gotten a 95-lb dog into a Bailey chair... but how clever of your husband to have made one for Tyson!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Such an important lens for those with dogs with megaesophagus. More dog owners need to be aware of this kind of information. I'm hoping my angel blessing will help raise the rank and get this great lens noticed.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      What a great lens! Keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We really appreciate your site and all the valuable information/advice you have to offer on this rare medical condition. Our beautiful Lab mix, Abby, was officially diagnosed today with Megaesophagus. Like others, we had NEVER even heard of megaesophagus until we did a "symptom" keyword search. Thankfully we accessed your site and are grateful for the time and effort put forth to educate other pet owners on this medical condition. Fear for her health are now replaced with hope... and a game plan. THANK YOU!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      First off: what is a "Lens" My 4 year old Pomeranian was just diagnosed today with Megaesophagus. She has been suffering for months, gagging, retching, spitting and vomiting up. ;( I bought prescription Id food, canned for her and mixed a little with water and gave it to her in a syringe, as the dr said.. why did she just wake up out of a good sleep at 5:00 am gagging , retching etc. :( This is so sad and so hard. Im now so terrified of her aspirating can someone please explain why she woke up like this.. Im so scared

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      jeanee2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: hi my dog has had megaesophagus and MG for two years i might be able to help as barney is medicated, happy and healthy. My email is jeanee2@tiscali.co.uk

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      jeanee2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: if you need any other advice email me as my dog has had the condition with another for two years but we have kept him well. jeanee2@tiscali.co.uk

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      kendrafowler 5 years ago

      It really makes us very unhappy when our pets fall sick. Poor creatures! I had never heard of this condition in dogs until I came across this lens. I can never bear to read or see animals in distress. I could not read your lens fully as I was so upset that dogs could be infected by such illnesses. Thanks for creating an awareness about this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens, Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I took ownership of a German Shepherd puppy at 5 weeks old. Now, at 14 weeks old he has been diagnosed with this horrible condition. He doesn't do the regurgitating/vomit thing very often though but seen his X-ray today and he has a very abnormal esophagus with a "pit" about the size of a grapefruit. I'm completely devastated as is my 10 year old daughter. Vet has suggested trying him with upright feeding on a blander diet than the dry food i was giving him to help. I am trying this method now. First time tonight. Hope it works as the alternative wasn't something i care to think about. He's such a sweet, happy little thing. Thanks for sharing your video.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A two years ago I was dealing with my Great dane Vomiting white mucus and occasional food. About a year ago it was just food, in whole chunks. Went to the vet and all they told me is acid reflux. After a week ago when it was really bad, i took him in for a yearly visit. He was 130lbs last year ( I know he was losing weight ) and have tried all types of food to gain weight. He was 93lbs at our visit. After being diagnosed with pneumonia we got X-rays. We found the megaesphagus. Yet again being 10y old!! We had to make a decision. Quality of life...and the severity of the megaesphagus.

      I wish i had this info 2 years ago.. but we loved him for 10years. (Moose)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, can you tell me the measurements you use? Because my dog is in the intensive care with a pneumonia for aspiration secondary a mega esophagus. I want to know, before she came from the hospital. She is a Golden Retrivier.

      Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Little Mini Schnauzer has congenital Mega-E. Shes 1 1/2 years old now and strong and healthy. Everyone Should know that this is not a death sentence for your doggie. I thank you for making this blog to help the people out their who are finding themselves with a dog who has this and are desperate for answers. As a somewhat experienced Mega-E Dog owner, everything on this article is absolutely helpful and correct and proven to work. I actually came on here to find the link to buy another pro collar, seeing as how my loving dogs used theirs as a chew toy.

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      marlene3 5 years ago

      great lens & info. thanks, Marlene

      https://hubpages.com/animals/pet-toys2

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: The measurements you need can be found in the "How to Build a Bailey Chair" article on eHow that is on the "Helpful Links" list.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Wow. you are a very, very good Mom. A tail wag, two licks and a wet nose in your lap for this lens. Nice.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I really cannot comment on how my heart feels about what Tyson and your family experienced. It is all familiar to me for I fed my baby with a spoon all her life. You did an excellent job with this information. Thanks you for sharing this and making us aware of the struggles of this condition. Squid Angel Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for all this information! I went to Target and got vanilla Ensure and the ingredients to make the Knox Blox. I am having trouble finding the right combination of foods that my bulldog, Tank, can keep down. I also got squirt bottles so I can continue to give him broth. My dad is working on his Bailey Chair now.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I was wondering how your making out with your dog? I just found out my 11 week old German shepherd has megaesophgus. I'm trying to figure out what the future holds for us Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for all the information you shared with us. My dog was just diagnoged with this a few weeks ago and I have been searching for answers to help us figure out the next steps of his life and so far so good. He has only threw up once, that's what made bring him in beside the couching when he eats. He is now on so many medications, its crazy. He is a 150lb NewFoundland and I don't know easy that's gonna be to get him in a baileys chair? is there a trick to that? hope so Cause there is no lifting him! But he is my pride and joy and I will do what it takes to get him through this! thanks again!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, this is wonderful information. I am a nurse with a 16 year old 10 lb dog. He is our baby. I went online for research and found this information about your dog.. this is very informative an it gave me valuable info on how to treat my dog, but it is what I suspected. Just like adults. I hope I can help him. Thanks for all of the work you have done and sharing of your information. Maryann

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Id like to thank you for this site, if it wasn't for this site my 3yr old english bully might not be here. We bought our bulldog from a lady off of pennswood she said he was very healthy but he couldn't drink a lot of water because hed spit it back up well we trusted her and brought him home and came to find out he had trouble keeping his food down as well so i started researching and found his old vet and they told me he was sick and had something wrong with his esophagus that it was large and food would sit in it causing him to spit it back up as well as his water, after coming across your site my bully has been able to keep his food down and now im gona do the know blocks to help him with his water so he can stay hydrated, i do have a question about the knox blocks how many should he eat?. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time out of your day to put all of this together i know if this site wasn't here my bully wouldn't have stood a chance. I heart goes out for your loss

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My husband found this website after our 4 year old German shepherd was diagnosed last month. The pro collar idea works wonderfully. Our dog was having most of his issues at night. We use a baby monitor so that we can hear him if he has an episode downstairs at night, but the collar gives us an extra source of security.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: If you can build a sits (Bailey) Chair with the front arm rest for his paws that can be removed, then you can work with him to get him to back in and sit in the chair and then you only need to lift his front paws onto the arm rest.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: I'm so glad if this information helps others. There is a great group of people that we learned from, so be sure to check out the links to all of the other resources.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for the kind words and I'm so happy that you found any of the information useful to help manage your dog's megaesophagus.

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      maria 4 years ago from pa

      amazing page, thanks for sharing it. i am sure this is helping many dog parents. and your baby is absolutely adorable. i love him.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Jack was just diagnosed with this. I have spent 4 of 5 days with him since he was diagnosed. He is at Mississippi State teaching hospital and they have saved his life. I would like to have a Bailey chair made for us - Need to know who I could get in contact with about this. Will continue to look online, but any help would be greatly appreciated. This has been so horrible. Was critical with pneumonia. Thanks -

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      Marilyn Thompson 4 years ago from Washington State

      Great information, our dog also experiences Megaesophagus and the Bailey chair works wonders

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      EnjoyLens 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, amazing lens!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      I have a small dog, so have never heard of this. This is very thorough and helpful, Aspen and I agree that we'd like to do a short post on her blog and link to this very soon. Her Aspen the Yorkie blog needs a new post. Very helpful and *blessed*

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      Kimlai 4 years ago

      My dog has been eating out of her bailey chair for 4 years and it seems to be working great for getting the food to the stomach. The issue I'm having is with stomach acid. Ashia currently takes metrochlorpromide but the vet just told me that it doesn't actually help the esophagus so he switched her over to Cisopride. My problem isn't with the food making it down. The problem is the acid coming up. I'd like to find out what you all are using for acid reducers?

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      sheezie77 4 years ago

      Very nice lens! Squidlike

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We switched my dog Katie to a low residue and now a limited ingredient dog food. I mix water with it to a porridge consistency and she usually keeps it down. Problem is with water. She vomits even a small amount minutes after drinking and it sure is slimy. I am keeping her hydrated and have done just about all the acid reducers and esophagus medications and she has seen 2 vets but both seem stumped about the water. Has anybody had a similar problem? On X-ray the esophagus is normal. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had never heard about megasophagus before and my heart went out to Tyson..who is receiving the best of care at your loving hands and what an important article to share with others...blessings to you and to Tyson!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just had to shout this out on FB.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Kimlai - Acid reducers: you can give your dog regular, over the counter Pepcid (Famotidine). Check with your veterinarian for the proper dosage, it's roughly 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound depending on the dog.

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      So glad it was caught in time and that the old man Tyson is doing alright! I bet he's a heavy one to put inside that garbage can for eating lol I'm sure he loves the extra attention though lol Thank you for bringing this problem to light and I hope that it helps someone who's animal has this problem! Best Wishes To You & Your Family! ():o)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @happynutritionist: I have a 6 lb Yorkie recently diagnosed with Addison's and Mega. After taking her to MULTIPLE emergency vets, xrays, etc. Plus, a 6,000 dollar bill, they finally tested her at a small vet due to a new study that Addison's Disease is not as uncommon as first thought in small dogs. It goes undiagnosed and your dog passes. Only signs I had were vomiting occasionally, increased drinking/urination, and her being a bit tired on her walks. I almost lost my baby, now she is doing great and all it takes is a trip to the vet every 28 days for her injection of medicine. Please, if blood tests show any abnormality in potassium or sodium, INSIST they do an ACTH stimulation test. It can save your dogs life, and a lot of money.

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      OrlandoTipster 4 years ago

      Thank you for this touching lens.

      Just goes to show you what good people would do for their dog.

      I've got 4 dogs myself and would do what it takes to keep them ticking.

      Thanks for sharing this lens.

      Give Tyson a little belly rub for me please.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi my dog has get megasophagus and has aspiration pneumonia. He has has it once before n fully recoveredthe vet has said he should be put dwn and my family kind of agree but we manage him well n keep him vertical after water but i think he will be ok in a few days..can u offer advice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Kimlai: Hi, my Sadie was diagnosed with idiopathic megaesophogus May 2012. She almost died before they figured it out. She is taking 2cc of ranitidine syrup 15 mg. every 12 hours. I add it to her food. and she seems to do well on it. But I think it is a combo of many things. She has a bailey chair. I feed 3 times per day and the 30 min. setting starts after the feeding. I add water and a little olive oil to her canned dog food (I think the olive oil helps it slip down)to a gruel consistency. And I always finish her meal with some knox blox ( in addition to hydrating, I think the weight helps push the food to her stomach). Sadie lives an elivated life. She sleeps in a kennel at night that has the front elivated. Her mat in the living room has a pillow that I keep under her head and chest. keeping her elivated helps keep the acids in the stomach and not flowing back in the esophagus to cause problems. Water is an issue for Sadie. It's not her friend. It does well in her food and I do use a lot of knox blocks. But keeping her hydrated is challenging. I read that a dog needs at least 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. She weighs 40lbs. I don't want to stick her to hydrate her so now I am searching for other methods that may help. Sorry this is so long. Hope it helps

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Here is a site where you can order a Bailey chair if you do not have one already. woodspecialtiesmark@gmail.com

      I have seen some pictures of his work and it looks fantastic.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have a 15 week old boxer puppy named Cooper. He has just been diagnosed with megaesophagus and is currently be treated for aspirated pneumonia. They are also going to test him for Myasthenia Gravis to see if the Megaesophagus is a secondary condition. If he does have Myasthenia Gravis, then they would be able to treat him for that which would resolve, or at least lesson his issues with megaesophagus. We are praying that he will be able to be treated. If not, then we will love him as he is and promise to do everything we can to make his life as normal as possible.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Almost 15 years ago I raised mini schnauzers & discovered one of my pups had megaesophagus at 4 weeks old. After consulting several vets they all said the same: they'd only seen adult dogs with it & they died shortly after being diagnosed. Prognosis was he'd live a week, month, maybe a year. I spayed my female & kept the pup, who will be 15 in Dec. All we knew then was to raise the food bowl & soak the kibble & he has been great with rare regurgitation until the past few weeks. Now, along with other health problems, he's regurgitating often so I'm changing his diet to softer foods with smaller portions fed more often. Keeping my fingers crossed! Wanted to offer encouragement to others that it can be managed!

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: Problems with drinking water is fairly common with dogs that have megaesophagus. The Knox Blocks are a good alternative to water or some people find it helps to use Thick-it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi,

      our 15 yo boxer cross was diagnosed with megaoesophagus about 3 months ago now and she has had to have a permanent feeding tube put in to her side. It's not awful or anything and we cope quite well with it all. She is on 3 feeds a day. Our problem is the amount of saliva that she produces and she sometimes breathes it in and struggles to get air. Her gums turn blue and we have to percuss her chest to try to move it. Each episode seems to be getting worse and my husband is saddened that she has to go through this. I can't let her go and I will do anything to keep her here as long as she is comfortable. She has had a couple of bouts of aspiration pneumonia but this was before she was diagnosed with the megaesophagus. I would really appreciate any advice on minimising the saliva production. Our vets are not really used to treating dogs with this condition so we are really on our own. I am also going to have a full blood test done to see if there is a salt balance problem or possible Addison's disease as she is a very thirsty dog but everything has to go through the tube. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Kimlai: I use Natural Balance limited ingredient diet - (venision and sweet potato) which is grain free and my dog doesn't seem to have a big problem with acidity. He is taking 3 medications - metrochlorpromide, cisopride and ranitidine. I give him Knox blocks before every meal. I do let him wet his whistle with a little water...but not much. My dog is approx. 1 and 1/2 years old. I've been doing these things for about six months-(when I adopted him) but found one variable over the past two months which helps significantly and limits reguritation in the middle of the night.... exercise. i'm surprised how much it helps. He was recovering from a broken leg when I adopted him, so I just discovered recently how much the exercise helps. I assume he is metabolizing his food faster. I've been walking him every day for at least 1.5 miles up to 3 miles. i'm experimenting with the distance to find the right balance so he doesn't start losing weight. No reguritation for 11 days and counting. This is great. He use to reguritate every day... particularly in the middle of the night. I don't know if one of these variables are more important or if it is a combination of all of them. I hope this helps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I am really surprised that your vets place a feeding tube. I am a manager at an animal hospital and we currently have a rescued German Shepherd that we found out has the condition...this dog was so thin and emaciated that once we finally diagnosed her we knew exactly what to do. We have elevated her food and water dishes and we feed her 5-6 times a day, within a week she has gained 6 pounds and she is a completely different dog. She is the happiest girl in the world. You would never know anything is wrong with her except for the way she has to eat.

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      Marilyn Thompson 4 years ago from Washington State

      Great lens! Boomer, our English Cocker Spaniel also deals with megaesophagus and takes his meals and treats in his Bailey's Chair. I'll need to run a lens on Boomer's progress as this condition need not be a death sentence.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is it possible to have this without the positive xray? My dog has all the symptoms, but his xray and barium contrast showed no enlargement or hiatel hernia. We are at a loss right now and treating for ulcers, but he seems to be getting worse. All problems started after an emergency surgery for intestinal blockage where he had eaten a sock. He was fine on wet food post surgery, but when we moved to dry he started having problems and now struggles with wet and several other consistencies.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your website has truly saved my dog's life! My Chocolate Lab has been sick for years with periodically regurgitating his food. We've gone from being diagnosed with sinus problems, to hernia, to ulcer. In the past 6 weeks the poor dog hasn't been able to eat or drink without regurgitating and last Monday morning around 3:00 a.m. he was aspirating. We rushed him to another vet out of town and he was diagnosed with Megaesophagus and we're waiting on the blood work to see if he has Meyasthenia Gravis. Even though we were doing everything the vet instructed us to do since Monday, he was still very sick. I did some research yesterday, came across your site and have done everything it suggests - AND IT WORKS! My beloved lab has held down his food since 2:00 p.m. yesterday! Thank God for people like you who not only care for their pets so lovingly, but provide information to help others in the same situation. I truly do credit you for saving my dog's life and for helping me be the best parent to my dog I can be!

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: I'm so glad you found the information here to be helpful and that your dog is doing better. Be sure to check out all of the links in the "Helpful Links" section, too. There are many people with lots of years of experience taking care of dogs with megaesophagus sharing their knowledge. Best wishes to you and your dog!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Wow! if I had a dog, believe me, this is a lens that I would refer to first.

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      AugieDoggy 4 years ago

      The videos were so cute and informative! Great lens!

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      kyilelisa 4 years ago

      my ghreat dane pup has megesophaus, his esophagus is not enlarged, its once the esophagus reaches the stomach the hole is not wide enough for the food to pass. I have him on a pureed diet he does pretty well,but there are does he throws up. I thimk it is because he eats to fast. Any suggestions?

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @kyilelisa: You can try hand feeding him in small portions to slow him down or try one of the bowls listed above that are made to help slow down dogs that eat too fast.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      I'm sorry that Tyson has the health condition but I'm very happy he has a loving family like you that will give him the special care he needs. That is so nice to see! He looks like one happy dog in the video:)

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      WeaselPuppy 4 years ago

      A co-worker's dog was diagnosed with this, and the pneumonia, and then had to be euthanized. This all happened over a weekend. So sad, and the family was rather stunned, as the dog was only four years old. Glad you are getting the information out there, so people can recognize it in time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our 6 yr old Boston terrier was semi diagnosed today, but it isn't preventing digestion & absorption of food, she just throws up clear mucus. The vet said she'd be fine if she could be in an upright position all the time. Gravity is working against her. Strange that she can eat in-elevated with no problems. I need a bailey chair that rolls for when she ISN'T eating. Any suggestions? I've also heard a "Johnny jump up" for babies works (that hangs from a joor jam) if you don't have a bailey chair.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: I'm not a vet, but from what I've learned most dogs need to sit for 15 to 20 minutes after eating or drinking and then have normal activities during the day. They may need to keep their head elevated while sleeping or wear a pro-collar. I would recommend joining the megaesophagus yahoo group and checking the other resources available in the links section above.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for this great article. Our dog was just put down this past April from another type of esophagus disease--when she died her esophagus was the size of a baseball. For a long time they thought it was megaesophagus, and your article was so valuable to us. Thank you so much! Traci, BurntApple.com

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: So sorry about the loss of your dog. I'm glad you found the information to be helpful.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My dog like to dry food better the soft food can while use on bailey chair

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @WeaselPuppy: I also have had a dog diagnosed over the weekend. He had already gone into pneumonia also...wouldn't eat or drink. I had been seeing a Vet with what we thought was something going on with this trachea .because someone had come on my property and started kicking him around. ..I was feeding him small meals and seemed to be doing better and then bang...He went bad quickly. Quincy was only 2 1/2 years old and had to be euthanized. I am so heartbroken over this....Best of luck to everyone that has a loving pet with this disease .

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My 12 year Golden has recently diagnosed with Megaesophagus,my husband built him a baily box. I purée him chicken and rice but I'm not sure how much to feed him each meal. He weighs 80 lbs.

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      Susan Hazelton 3 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      You have written a terrific lens fully covering everything about Megaesophagus. I think your videos were wonderful. I am sorry about the loss of your dog. How loved he must have felt when he was with you.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thank you for all the great information.We have an Irish Wolfhound who was diagnosed on wednesday with this conditon. Lots of tests ie blood,xrays,ultrascan etc 3 Vets later (Finnegans usual Vet was on holiday for the first week. So its been a saga over the last two weeks. I am not sure if we can save him, it may be too late, he has lost a lot of condition and is already the grand age of 10 going on 11 which is a very very old Wolfhound.

      He is greatly loved so I'm hoping we can get him through............Im going to use your bin idea because we have to get something in his stomach very soon and I haven't got the time at present to build a Bailey chair. So please send good vibes to our Finnegan. If we can ge him through this weekend and get something in his tum then I can build him a Bailey chair. I am sending this from Wellington, New Zealand.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thank you for all the great information.We have an Irish Wolfhound who was diagnosed on wednesday with this conditon. Lots of tests ie blood,xrays,ultrascan etc 3 Vets later (Finnegans usual Vet was on holiday for the first week. So its been a saga over the last two weeks. I am not sure if we can save him, it may be too late, he has lost a lot of condition and is already the grand age of 10 going on 11 which is a very very old Wolfhound.

      He is greatly loved so I'm hoping we can get him through............Im going to use your bin idea because we have to get something in his stomach very soon and I haven't got the time at present to build a Bailey chair. So please send good vibes to our Finnegan. If we can ge him through this weekend and get something in his tum then I can build him a Bailey chair. I am sending this from Wellington, New Zealand.

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @hazeltos: Thank you for your kind comments. We loved him very much and still miss him.

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: Sorry to hear that your dog has been diagnosed with ME, but don't give up hope. Some dogs live for quite a long time once people know what they are dealing with and how to manage the condition. Sending healing thoughts your way.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Our dog, Flip, was diagnosed on Wednesday as well. He is also 11. It has been so hard for us to see him go through this. He was a very loving and outgoing Pitbull, and it seems like he is deteriorating very quickly. We have been feeding him in a basket, which seems to work pretty good, but we are making a Bailey Chair for him today. My biggest concern is his pneumonia and hydration. I will try to cubes and thick-it Thank you so much for making this blog. It is hopeful and helpful!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My 11.5 year old Dalmatian was diagnosed with Megaesophagus over 2 months ago. To make things even more complicated, she ingested small gravel when she regurgitated in her dog run and ate it up. After 6 weeks of visits to and hospitalization at our local vet, as well as a Specialty vet hospital out of town for all of the testing, x-rays, medications-and trying vertical feeding, first by holding her for 30 minutes, then finding a used Baileys chair, and lots and lots of regurgitation, she had lost 12 pounds. Her vet and I made a difficult decision to save her life-to do surgery to remove the rocks, and put in a feeding tube that comes out of her stomach through a "peg." She survived the critical 72 hrs post-op, came home to me where the nightmare of 5 feedings per day, learning the right syringe feeding technique and blender food recipe began! Since Megaesophagus is an uncommon disorder, I don't think my vet had much experience with it-and I was VERY unprepared for the journey we were about to take. The syringe was so difficult to inject at times that I severely bruised my right hand and inner arm! And my sweet dog would lay so still on her bed while I was preparing her food and injecting it into her feeding tube, looking at me like she knew I was attempting to save her life! She wears a mens t-shirt tied at the collar and around her stomach to keep her from bumping or getting at the feeding tube. When I walk her around the neighborhood my neighbors all think she is making a fashion statement! She has had two bouts of aspiration pneumonia, and has been cured by antibiotics and nebulization. So, she has been at her vet for an extended time now, where they have perfected the recipe and technique, and have gotten the feedings down to 3 times per day. They also give her several syringes of water daily since she cannot ingest anything by mouth. She has also become the office mascot-they have all been so concerned and have worked to make her comfortable. And the best news of all-she has gained nearly 4 pounds and has a bounce back in her step! I will pick her up on Friday, and hope that she will continue to improve and have quality of life so that we can spend more time together. I will be using a large, soft neck pillow to keep her neck elevated and hopefully, reduce the amount of regurgitation. If anyone has any experience with a feeding tube as a final treatment for Megaesophagus, , I would love to hear from you! Onward and upwards! (BTW, writing this has been very cathartic!)

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing your story - I hope your dog continues to improve and regain her weight. I don't have any personal experience with a feeding tube, so I would suggest using the ME resources links above - I know there are some in those groups who have experience with feeding tubes for their dogs. Best wishes!

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      Marilyn Thompson 3 years ago from Washington State

      Hi Vicki,

      Boomer. our English Cocker Spaniel was diagnosed two years ago and we built a Bailey's chair for him then. He eats his meals twice a day in the chair and has done fairly well. He looks at us like we've lost our minds when he is in his chair but I know it has helped him live a better life. He has had low thyroid issues in the past and right now we are waiting lab results as he is not eating much at all.

      To all who have dogs with this condition - have faith and support your dog with an upright chair of some style, be patient, and show them that they are still loved!

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @MarilynThompson: So good to hear your dog has been doing so well for 2 years. I hope your comment will encourage others to have hope that this condition can be managed. Hugs to you and your dog.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thanks for all the wonderful information. Our puppy was diagnosed with congenital megaesophagus one week and we have doing research ever since. The millions of stories help lift our spirits that she will live a full and happy life with the right help. We have built her a bailey chair and feed her tin food mixed with water but she eats it very fast which I have found out from this site that it isn't very good. Do you know how to slow her down and how much do we feed her for each meal? She whimpers whilst being in the chair for the 20 - 30 minutes she has to be. So do you have any tricks or advice to make her time in the chair less stressful? Also the one thing that we haven't found much information on is the corrective surgery that can be done to fix it. Our vet is unsure of the advantages and disadvantages of the surgery as he has only done it once and sadly the dog was ran over one month later. Any help or advice you could give us on this issue would be greatly appreciated. Also what is your opinion on medication because our vet hasn't prescribed any but I see many use them to help with the food moving to the stomach. Any help by anyone will be greatly appreciated as we really want to make our puppy's life the best it can be. :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: *one week ago she is 8 weeks old

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Interesting Post!

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      jimporsche86 3 years ago

      I have never heard of Megaesphagus before. Sounds like it's a pretty serious thing to have. I hate to see that any animal has to go through such a thing. :(

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      This was very interesting. It sounds like Tyson has a good home with you. It's sad that he's sick, but it's good that he's getting the care he needs.

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      eiramarie 3 years ago

      Thumbs up to your excellence!!.. Tyson is a very lucky dog to have human friend like you..

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      k9goodfood 3 years ago

      With homemade dog food recipes you are free to experiment with so many varieties of food for your pet.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I've never heard of this condition. It looks like Tyson was very well loved and cared for. The fact you folks built him his own feeding chair too and did your homework shows how much you truly cared. Thank you for sharing this important information. We all love our fur kids dearly.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. I'm sorry that Tyson died but I sure that your work on this disease, in his behalf, will not go unnoticed. Thank you for sharing.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you for this information as I too have a dog. Very helpful lens.

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      I had never heard of this before, thanks for the warning. What annoys me is the dog food that we buy is full of chemicals that are harmful. Our pets are like our children and we love them so have to look after and protect them.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm very glad to learn about this condition, just in case. Your Tyson reminds me a lot of our Daisy who very occasionally will regurgitate her food. Now I'll be on the lookout for any related problems. So very sorry for your loss of Tyson, but those wonderful doggy memories do live on. He obviously was very well loved.

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      dmhonz 2 years ago

      poor tyson hope you get well soon and thanks for the information about this decease

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      kathleen-stanchikmarcussen 2 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi! My seven year old German Shepherd has this. He is 132 pounds so he is a big boy! My vet has him on Famotidine (which I heard is like over the counter pills for humans stomachs and then also Metoclopramide which is in liquid form. Ours started in December vomiting we thought just something he ate but not so lucky. I don't have a chair yet so I make him stand and then put the plate high enough so he is not leaning downward. I give him every three hours during the day half of a cup each of boneless,skinless chicken breast that has been boiled and cut up into tiny pieces and minute rice. Mix them together and then give it to him little at a time. It works so much better because his dog food sure did not. He also has problems with his hips so trying to put him in a baily chair I don't think I could especially to sit upright like that for 20 min. Good luck everyone with your babies. That's what I call mine!

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      ncoile 2 years ago

      @kathleen-stanchikmarcussen: Our golden retriever was also diagnosed with mega-esophagus in July 2013. Through many bouts of aspiration pneumonia, antibiotics, and fluids we finally have him somewhat stabilized. Riley is also on Famotidine (Pepcid-AC) and Metoclopramide. He is too old to sit in a bailey chair (he has arthritis), so we have him sit on his bottom and I feed him meatballs that I have made from soaking his dry dogfood and mixing it with some canned dogfood. Then I set the timer for twenty minutes and he knows he has to sit there until the timer goes off! I know he wonders why I'm making him sit there, but he's so good! I wanted to tell Tyson's mom and dad that the Pro-Collar has been a lifesaver! Riley would hack and cough all night some nights. He wasn't getting any sleep and we weren't either! He's slept all night for a week!!! I knew he needed something to prop his head up, but he moves all night. We would highly recommend a Pro-Collar. All the extra work we have to do for Riley is worth it to see him happy and doing amazingly well!

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      jshquilter 2 years ago

      My beautiful Sandy, a yellow lab, had mega-esophagus and she lived to almost 13 years. Thanks for creating this information.

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      swiffer86 2 years ago

      My dog 11 year old dachshund may have mega-esophagus. He has a number of issues. The first being all minor symptoms of this condition. The second that concerns me is he has two different size pupils. Our vet and I are trying to see if his pupils react after a few days treating the mega-esophagus. Most likely it is a separate neurological condition, but I was just wondering- Did anyone else's dog have different size pupils?

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      joe29 2 years ago

      Our dog a Chuhuahua just was diagnosed with Megaesophagus, he was in the hospital for 36 hours getting test, the problem we are having is he will not eat, he has lost over a pound which for him is allot since he was 4 lbs 15 ounces now 3lbs 15 ounces. My wufe is in tears, he is on Carafate, Reglan, and a acid blocker. He will drink, we are putting his food in a syringe and feeding him that way, we fed him four 5 mils of food and 2 hours later he threw it up. The food is from the Vet NO Fat. What to do ?

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      sandy-richardson-96780 2 years ago

      Our 10 1/2 year old rottweiller was diagnosed with megaesophagus about 4 weeks ago she makes a very difficult patient we built bailey chair have to modify it at she is abke to tuen her self around in it. Anyway i have been feeding her 3 times a day she is happy playful at night seems to be her hard ti e i can seem to keep her elevated she lays there for a short period of time thwn moves any suggestions would be helpful i worry about fluid in her lungs it is usually mostly flem with bits of food majority of food is staying on

      Thank you

      Sandy

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      pbwhitney 2 years ago

      @sandy-richardson-96780: If you haven't already, Sandy, please join Mega E Babies or Canine Megaesophagus Support Group on Facebook. There are a lot of people on the support groups that can offer advice. I joined the Yahoo group over 9 years ago when my dog was diagnosed with ME at 4 weeks old. She's now 9 years old. The dimensions of the Bailey chair should just be wide enough to fit your dog. Using a procollar or buying a neck hug from www.wagtailfarms.com would keep her head elevated at night, and that would help prevent regurgitating at night. You can keep her occupied in the Bailey chair after she's done eating by letting her lick peanut butter or honey smeared on a plate or large spoon.

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      shickcox33 2 years ago

      Our 2 yr old Sheppard, Lab and anyone on the block mixed dog breed. We first went to ER, his left side on throat was swollen. Dr. thought he ate something that poked into the left side. They gave him medications and sent him home the next day. At first the medication worked, but when the medication ran out he started regurgitating and vomiting. Back to ER where they did an endoscope and said esophagus was inflamed but every thing looked okay. Sent home with more medication, this time he regurgitated and vomited even with the medication. New ER Dr. did x-ray with contrast and showed esophagus narrowed due to him swallowing some object that damaged esophagus. So the area needed to have a balloon inserted to enlarge. This may take up to 5x's of inserting a balloon until the area stays enlarged (open). Worked one night and back to same old thing. We think he swallowed a crown of thorns branch, but poison control said the side effects from that should be over. Doctor's say he does not have mega esophagus. Any help out there? We don't want to put him down at 2 yrs old.

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      Johnb482 2 years ago

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      Brian 2 years ago

      How many animals are affected by Megaesophagus world wide?

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      Vicki Green 2 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I don't know how many animals are affected by Mega-E - I don't know if there are any statistics gathered. Dogs can develop symptoms of the condition rather suddenly and there are probably many that die without being diagnosed. Aspiration pneumonia is the most common lethal complication and it can result in death quite quickly. Most people don't request a post-mortem exam to determine the cause of death of their pet, especially in an older one.

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      Debbie 21 months ago

      My dog was just diagnosed with ME, she is almost 12. She has hacked up water and food off and on for years. I didn't know it was anything to be concerned about. Recently things got worse and she started refusing food. I took her to the vet 3 days in a row, and in those 3 days she has lost a pound, not much, I know, but she's already a thin dog. I feel overwhelmed at the moment, in the last 4 days I've only gotten her to eat 1 chicken breast and about a cup of cottage cheese/rice/chicken combo.

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      Danny McCollum 9 months ago

      I have an dog with this disease and this was so very helpful and I am so sorry for your loss I bet he was a great dog!:(

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