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02-24-2014 07:34 AM
CMorton Wow, this is a long post with great advice for you!
You sound like a loving a caring puppy owner, glad you got your little guy.
The yahoo Mega-E group is awesome.
I have a 2 yr old GSD that has congenital mega-E, and "grew out of it". She was severe enough at 5 wks I was very close to euthanizing her. It's not easy to have a dog with this condition. I had all the pups in the litter barium xrayed to check their status before I placed them.
We had a time of it for about 6 months feeding her upright (which she hated), and medicating her for resulting esophagitis.
I wish all the best for you and your puppy.
02-24-2014 05:28 AM
Nyx Bones are not advised for Mega-E animals.

With the threat of constant regurgitation bones fragments may get stuck in their throats and agitate it more. Raw hides are not advised for the same reason.

If you decide to stick with a Raw diet, make sure all bones are ground.

An option for 'treats' or to help hydrate are coconut milk or chicken broth jello cubes(you can freeze them too).

Use one cup milk/low-sodium chick broth to three cups water with 4 packets of knox gelatin mix. (let the gelatin mix set in the coconut milk mix for 10-15 min before chilling. Or the milk will separate from the water for some reason.)

Also get a water bottle(like a giant rabbit/hamster bottle) that has an adjustable stand(or make the stand yourself). They need to drink fluids with their heads elevated as well. So eating snow is the culprit when he regurgitates water after being outside.

Your video is just the cutest thing I have ever seen. So smart!

And I will keep my fingers, toes, legs and eyes crossed hoping beyond hope that your little fellow will out grow this condition.

And I would look for a vet that has more experience with Mega-E as well as joining the yahoo group every one has pointed out. You will need the support of others who have and are dealing with the same condition.
02-23-2014 10:29 AM
TANDB Adorable! I had to watch that several times. Smart puppy.
02-23-2014 08:44 AM
Curtis That's probably the cutest video I've ever seen!

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02-21-2014 09:47 AM
PremierPOWER Update on Scout:

Hes starting to put on some weight. Up to 17lbs depending on the day. Currently feeding him 1.5 cups 3 times a day. Feeding him a puree blend of Blue Buffalo wet puppy food, blue buffalo puppy kibble, water, salmon oil, and probiotic enzyme. He sits up for 30 minutes after each feeding to help the food go down to his stomach. He does well most of the time and keeps the food down about 90% of the time. We are currently feeding him in a baby walker until he out grows it and then I will build an adjustable bailey chair.

Follow Scout for updates on his facebook page: www.facebook.com/gsdscout

and check out this video I got of him last night. He is def associating the baby walker with feeding time and he literally jumps right into it now.

German Shepherd Puppy w/ Megaesophagus Jumps Into Chair - YouTube
01-21-2014 11:35 PM
trcy
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Honestly, with this little guy's health problems I would either put him right next to your bed and sleep with your fingers in his crate or sleep him in your bed. You don't want him get worked up with the Mega-E, especially since he's been through such a hard time so far. He needs his rest too.
Riley had mega E, I'm glad we let him in the bed. At the time I did not know he had mega E. He didn't have a lot of symptoms when he was very small. We fed him elevated due to his pano at about 6 months. It was easier for him. He sometimes mad this small coughing sound after he ate. We would have him sit until he stopped. We just kind of fumbled into the right things to do as far as his eating. However, he didn't just have mega E.
01-21-2014 10:52 PM
BowWowMeow Honestly, with this little guy's health problems I would either put him right next to your bed and sleep with your fingers in his crate or sleep him in your bed. You don't want him get worked up with the Mega-E, especially since he's been through such a hard time so far. He needs his rest too.
01-21-2014 10:35 PM
trcy Kaleb is the first dog I crate trained. I slept on a mattress beside the crate for a good month or more. He would really through a fit, but I knew If I took him out it would take even longer to get him to settle the next night.

Eventually the crying became less. He was in our room in his crate. When I went back to my bed he whined a bit, but only for a few minutes. He no longer cries in his crate. He is now 7 1/2 months and has his crate open if he wants to go in it at night, but sleeps outside on a dog bed most of the time. If we need to crate him for whatever reason he doesn't cry anymore.

My husband tried to crate train Riley, but gave up on the third night and put him in our bed. He slept in our bed until he got large enough to stretch out and almost push us off the bed...lol
01-21-2014 10:27 PM
BowWowMeow Thanks for updating! It sounds like he is doing well. I would keep him in the bed with you. That way you all can get some sleep!
01-21-2014 10:26 PM
middleofnowhere He won't whine all night. It will just seem like it... (Actually, the whining will stop after a while.)
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