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    Default Recipes for Megaesophagus Patient

    Hello All, I've been doing a bit a research tonight and come accross this forum so I thought I would pop in a say hi.

    We have 2 golden retriever pups (well they're not really pups anymore, they are 20 months) a male and female from the same litter. Buster was recently diagnosed with Megaesophagus and we are currently going throught all the tests in an attempt to determine the underlying cause.

    In the mean time we are trying to get some weight back on him and I was wondering if anyone had any recipes for a patient like Buster.

    We are currently feeding him oats in the morning and our special blend 4 times per day. Our special blend is minced meat, carrot, celery, boiled potato, eggs, fish oil and oats put through a food processor.

    For the most part he is keeping the food down although he does regurgitate a few times per day.

    If anyone has any suggested recipes we would love to hear them.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Megaesophagus

    I don't think what you feed is as important as keeping it down.

    What a horrific thing.

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    Thanks for the reply. Keeping it down is a bit of a challenge at the moment. The little guy has epilepsy aswell so he certainly got the short straw in life.

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    Jeeeez, this is why dogs are health tested before they breed.

    As Hyc said, its more keeping it down thats the issue.
    Your vet should give you some medication for him and will tell you about his diet(when and what to eat).
    Good luck!
    Education not Legislation

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    Is there some sort of surgery that can be performed in these cases?

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    Unfortunately no Clea, only managed.
    On the plus side, some dogs do grow out of it.
    Education not Legislation

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    That is really sad Poor little bugga!

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    Well we have now got to the point where an underlying cause has been diagnosed for Busters Megaesophagus. He has been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and has commenced medication. He is now on 5 different daily medications and does rattle a bit.

    Over the last 4 days he has been managing to keep most meals down and we have slightly increased the volumes with each meal. If we could stop him eating wallaby poo in the mornings he would be doing even better.

    When we were at the vet last Friday he had dropped another 0.6kg but I am confident that he has now turned the corner.

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    I soooo hope it will help him!!!! Crossing fingers and toes for Buster!!!

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    Default Reglan for Megaesophagus

    I have a 10 year old lab with megaesophagus.. The vet prescribed
    Reglan which helps with digestion of food. As long as I take him out several times per day, he usually doesn't regurgitate.

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