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  1. My frenchie was just diagnosed with ME. It’s been a tough week. Hasn’t been eating at all. Meds are hard to get down and stay down. Water comes right back up, even if sitting vertical for awhile. Just comes up all over. Also he doesn’t lay down hardly. Does this mean he is uncomfortable and in pain. And also shakes.

    1. Hi Gina,
      Sometimes when they regurgitate frequently they can get esophagitis. A vet can prescript a medication to help soothe their esophagus called carafate. It is painful. I would suggest you speak with your vet to see what they think. If he is having issues getting food to the stomach even after sitting vertically for 30 minutes I would ask the vet about what he/she thinks about starting a pro-motility drug such as Reglan (metoclopramide) or Cisapride (Propulsid). Best of luck to you Gina and to your Frenchie too!

  2. I need some help and advice from those who have dogs with ME. Four days ago my 11 year old golden retriever, Gracie, was diagnosed with Mega Esophagus complicated by AP (aspiration pneumonia.) My Vet is helpful and communicative and luckily all of Gracie’s meals and meds have been successfully administered. (My husband built a Bailey’s Chair which has helped tremendously. ) My BIGGEST frustration right now is getting the Carafate (Sucralfate) down properly. The syringe simply does not work and I’ve talked to the vet staff about it. I have been crushing the pill and trying to make a “slurry” with a bit of warm H20 and letting it sit for 10 – 15 minutes. I then suck it up into the syringe and squirt it down Gracie’s throat. The mixture never seems to become a proper “slurry” and about 1/3 of it goes wasted. I’ve tried mixing it with a bit of yogurt and that doesn’t seem to work either. Right now I’m giving her Carafate three times per day. 2nd Question: how well do the “pro collars” or “neck hugs” work to prevent the regurgitation after a night’s sleep? Am feeling overwhelmed right now but I now it’s still early in the game. Any advice will be much appreciated. (Deb – April 9, 2017)

    1. Hi Deb,
      I had that problem with the carafate also. I tried more water and a larger syringe. Some give with a little apple sauce and that seems to help. You can also try the herb “slippery elm”. You can buy it on line or at health stores. You can open the capsules and put it in their food or buy the powder and make a tea out of it. There is more help with that on our “recipe tab”. The pro collars and the neck hugs are as essential to ME as the bailey chair. Most tell us it is an absolute game changer especially at night when they are sleeping and their head is lower than their body. The sad truth is they can’t swallow their own spit when they are laying down. That’s what causes the choking and coughing and regurgitating that white foamy stuff. When the head is elevated they sleep more comfortably. Hang in there make sure your dog is checked for underlying disease. See the tab “Why M.E.?” Best of luck!

  3. My name is Mary and I got a 3 year old rescue in Jan. 2016 – she has Megaesophagus and I feel that I am doing better daily with her. The Vet says she is about 3 years old and she weighs about 8 lbs. What I was wondering is if these dogs always have funny breath – it is not good – her teeth are in excellent shape so I assume it is coming from her stomach. She has not had an episode with gagging or regurgitation for about 7-8 weeks now (as I have been learning to handle this issue) but her breath is unusual and always the same smell – not good, but I have smelled worse.Does anyone have a suggestion?

    1. Hi Mary,
      It could be a couple of things. Sometimes stomach acid seeps up into the esophagus and they can get bad smelling breath. Using an antacid can help with that. Speak to your vet about the best one for your dog. The other possible reason would be food stuck in the esophagus. Rotting food can definitely cause this kind of odor. To make sure the food is going down and not getting stuck in a pocket in the esophagus, try throat massage after meals while she is still upright. Gently massage the throat in a downward motion. Burping your dog after meals also helps. Pat her sides like a baby until you hear a burp. It really does help! Best of luck and thank you for rescuing and loving a MegaE pup!

  4. Hello! I have a 11week old male German Shepherd, Special Ops. He was diagnosed with me. My dad built him a modified Bailey chair with room to grow. I feed him pureed puppy food with pumpkin and water. He takes pepcid, steroid and amoxicillin right now. We are having a tough time with the regurgitation right now. Yesterday and today has been really bad. Any tips on how to get the bad bloat to burps then regurt cyle down? He is mserable. Once he burps, he settles down for a nap. Any help would be great.

    1. Hi Samantha,
      I hope your pup is doing okay! Sometimes longer sit time after meals can help quite a bit. Smaller more frequent meals can help as well especially when they are so small. That’s great that you have him in a Bailey Chair with room to grow. Keep us posted!

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