First of all, I am no medical expert and nor do I profess to be. In fact I’m just a kindergarten teacher with my fair share of ‘special’ pets. This blog is just to help someone out who might experience the same with their own pet by sharing what I have learned with Chock-dee and somewhere for me to express my ramblings.
Recently my dog Chock-dee was diagnosed with Megaesophagus (ME) a condition that effects the way a dog will eat for the rest of it’s life. BUT it is by no means a death sentence, it just requires management and a lot of patience.
So what is Megaesophagus? Basically, it is a condition caused by an enlarged esophagus which becomes slack and doesn’t allow the food to pass easily to the stomach. I had to do a lot of research online around the time she started to show symptoms. After taking her to our regular veterinarian twice and returning with medication that was basically for a sore throat, we decided a second opinion was necessary. By this point she had already lost 2kgs in weight and was regurgitating everything she ate, including water.
At the second veterinarian she was examined and had several tests carried out on her but still no diagnoses. She was given critical care food at the veterinarian which she managed to keep in her stomach and we were elated. More medication was prescribed and we returned home thinking we had finally sorted the issue. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case and her weight continued to decrease to a dangerously low level. Obviously fraught by this point as watching your pet slowly starve to death is possibly one of the worst things you could ever witness.
We looked for a veterinarian that stocked the critical care food that she had previously managed to keep in her system and drove there right away. We explained the whole experience with the doctor there and she finally confirmed what I thought she had….Megaesophagus.
She gave us a few pointers and we headed home with a new sense of confidence that we could finally help her eat something. It took probably 2 or 3 days to find the position that was correct for Chock-dee. Most people find Bailey chairs very useful for dogs with Megaesophagus, but living in Thailand things like that are difficult to come by, we had to find another solution. Now our dog sits and is spoon fed!
Like I mentioned before, I am no expert and some people may find other ways better than ours. But our way is working and she is finally putting on weight after some very stressful weeks. This blog is where I plan to share the ‘recipes’ and what does and doesn’t work with Chock-dee.
First of all I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous new year. The last time that I wrote this post Chock-dee was still very underweight for her size. But I can happily confirm she is now at the correct weight and as healthy as she can be.
It wasn’t a quick fix by any stretch, but persistence and routine has got her to where she is today. We continue to blend her food daily and her current favourite mix is canned dog food with softened Pedigree biscuits 50/50 ratio. It makes a lot so that is enough for 2 meals. One of my closest friends recently returned from a unexpected trip to U.S so she kindly brought me 2 large bottles of Dyne. We don’t give to Chock-dee every day as it is not necessary but as a treat or a boost to her system. She loves it and it’s not hard to see why because it smells delicious!
We have inherited/adopted 2 more animals into the family recently, 1 young female cat Lamai and a very young female Jack Russell puppy Lamun. Like all our animals there is a little back story attached to them all. They chose us for sure but I wouldn’t change them or the situation for the world. In fact the puppy has encouraged a much more active lifestyle for the household because of the daily walks and jogging in the evening. Our little gifts from heaven.