Posted : 4/2/2008 8:22:57 PM
Ginger has megaesophagus. It was diagnosed in October after she had a severe stomach illness. We caught it on xray after we started to reintroduce foods (she'd had to be NPO and on IVs for a few days, as she was vomiting blood) and she began regurgitating anything offered to her, immediately.
The first week was tough, as no matter what position we fed her in (using gruel), she started to regurgitate. Thus, she associated eating with that and didn't want to eat. After about a week, she was finally able to keep a bit down. She lost a lb, which is a lot on a 9ish lb dog. We found an elevated feeder made for small dogs that seems to be just the right height. We do still have to make sure her food is in gruel form and just the right consistency, or she'll regurgitate. She's also a food stealer, so we have to keep a very close eye on her. (a few trash raids outside have resulted in some grossness) She gained her weight back and stays at a pretty healthy 8.8 lbs. Aspirating is always a concern in the back of our minds, so we try to make sure she's not able to get ahold of anything that isn't a gruel like food.
It's unknown what caused her megaesophagus. I think her esophagus was damaged from the severe vomiting when she was sick.
The first week, she was so ill we weren't certain if she'd make it, but luckily she came around and is very healthy today. We make sure no one gives her solid food/treats (as everyone wants to give treats to wee fluffy dogs, it seems) to limit her chance of regurgitating and, thus, aspirating.