Feed Program for Megaesophagus Support
What is Megaesophagus
Most cases of Megaesophagus involves young puppies, and often Great Danes, Irish setters, German Shepherds are genetically predisposed to this condition and it often does not show up until the pup begins to try solid food. This condition is due to incomplete nerve development in the esophagus. The good news is that nerve development may improve as the pet matures. Prognosis is thus better for congenital megaesophagus than it is for megaesophagus acquired during adulthood. There is also a condition called Vascular Ring Anomaly which is a band of tissue that constricts the esophagus and often surgery is needed but there is a 50% chance of this regurgitation will continue.
Hypothyroidism is often associated with megaesophagus in adult dogs and testing is needed but it does not mean by using thyroid medication that this will reverse the megaesophagus problem. Myasthenia gravis would be a common cause because it is a condition whereby the nerve/muscle junction is destroyed. Signals from the nervous system sent to coordinate esophageal muscle contractions simply cannot be received by the muscle. It is necessary to test for Myasthenia Gravis and Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism) on adult dogs because these have also been associated with megaesophagus.
Diagnosing megaesophagus must be done radiographically. If megaesophagus is not obvious on films, it is NOT recommended to use Barium because megaesophagus patients have the tendency to inhale or "aspirate" food contents that back up in their throats. This is dangerous enough when the material is simply food but if barium is present and becomes inhaled, the body has great difficulty removing it from the lungs. Still, sometimes this is the only way to see the megaesophagus.
Aspiration Pneumonia is frequently a problem with megaesophagus dogs from inhaling regurgitated food. The presence of aspiration pneumonia makes the case much more serious as pneumonia can be a life-threatening condition. (See info about OxEdrops)
Some dogs will do fine on a solid food, some need a liquid diet -
in either case you have to train the dog to eat in an elevated position.
Ideally, the pet should be kept in this position for 10 minutes after
the meal. The medication called Reglan (Metoclopramide) may help increase
the tone of this sphincter so discuss this with your vet. Antacids
are often necessary to minimize stomach acid damage to the esophagus
when food is regurgitated from the stomach.
Megaesophagus is a difficult condition to manage throughout the life
of the dog. The management is time consuming and the treatment requires
dedication and commitment and still may produce very poor results.
If you purchased a puppy that has this problem you need to return
it to the breeder for a replacement or refund. If this is an adult
dog you have a difficult decision to make. Please discuss all the
factors with your vet before you make a decision regarding your dog.
Feed Program for Megaesophagus Support
Locate a distributor at www.precisepet.com or in the link below you can get it shipped to you from www.dogfooddirect.com they are very reasonable on shipping. Call them, it may not be on their website.
RAW/HOMEMADE: If you want to feed a homemade/raw diet I recommend
using Honest Kitchen Embark or a combination of Honest Kitchen Embark
and http://www.darwinspet.com Diets Raw Meat.
You can use either:
3/4 Precise Endurance or 3/4 Precise Plus Puppy + 1/4 Northwest
Natural Raw OR
WHAT IS IN THE SUPPLEMENT KIT?
All the supplements in this program can be are purchased at
www.FirstChoiceNaturals.com - 765-2878288 or they sell them
in a supplement Kit
# 18 for Megaesophagus Support.
DRY MIX: Get you kibble in the powdered form (run through a food processer) or the Honest Kitchen Embark and add water to it to rehydrate it. The Embark will tell you the amount to use. For the kibble you will have to have to add enough to make the consistancy of thick cooked oatmeal. USE TEPID TEMPERATURE NOT HOT WATER IT WILL DESTROY NUTRIENTS.
In a small separate container add the Water for Life (dilute mixture ), add Ox-E-Drops (1-2 drops per 20 lbs of body weight), and the Spark of Life (dosage on bottle), stir and add to the dry mixture above.
Note: The WATER FOR LIFE mix up the diluted solution in a gallon
container and refridgerate it. Then add the appropriate amount to
the dog's wet mix daily.
WHY THESE SUPPLEMENTS ?
B) Spark of Life - is liquid micro nutrients often missing
in a diet and needed to run the bodies metabolic/electrical system.
Helps to keep energy levels up and immune system function at a higher