|In His "Feeding Chair"
|Tucker at 5 Years
|Breed: Dachshund||Gender: Male
|Story: Tucker was in good health, we thought, until this past Memorial Day.
He quite suddenly got sick and started vomiting his food every time he ate.
The Friday before Memorial Day he was running a fever and very ill. We got
him to an emergency vet specialist group who diagnosed him with
megaesophagus. Subsequently, I had him tested for myesthenia gravis and
found that this was the underlying cause of his mega-e. Since the end of
May, we've gone through a lot of trial and error, trying to determine the diet
that will work for him and getting his myesthenia gravis controlled. These
dogs have a tough time staying alive. Their esophagus is flabby and
dilated and doesn't move food into the stomach. The food just sits there
and eventually is regurgitated up. We thought he was vomiting when he
became ill, actually he was regurgitating all his food. His food has to be
specially prepared and he must be fed upright and kept in an upright
position for a while afterwards so that gravity can help the food move down
his esophagus into his stomach. The big problems he faces are aspiration
pneumonia and starvation. He's been doing pretty well, thankfully.
The Flint River Ranch food seems to agree with him. I have been soaking it
in water and mashing it to make a liquefied slurry. I discovered your food
through the Yahoo Mega-esophagus on line support group. They have been
great. I've learned a lot more from those wonderful people who are dealing
with mega-e babies than I have ever gotten from vets. Tucker's feeding
chair is actually a 5 gallon bucket that we stuff him into and pad him
heavily with towels to keep him comfortable.
|Staff: Teresa Torres
|Home: Cumming, GA
|Date Entered into Gallery: November 26, 2004