The Bond Between Us “The MegaE Experience”

The Bond Between Us


“The MegaE Experience”

“Every once in a while a dog enters your life and changes everything”


I can’t really say that I have been fortunate enough to experience the MegaE bond personally. To say such a thing, I would be quite a fraud. I’ve been a active stalker of sorts. I’ve read the trials and tribulations of hundreds of MegaE parents over the last several years.  I’ve cried with them when they’ve lost their beloved pups. I’ve rejoiced with them when they’ve had a “regurg” free day! A greater love between a human and an animal, I have never witnessed before in my life.

Eating, being the most essential element to living for all human creatures, can you imagine not being able to swallow your food? The hours spent preparing and feeding their dogs is to be greatly admired.  The sacrifices they make financially, emotionally and physically are far more than they would do for themselves.

And if you asked them…Was it worth it? You will get a unanimous YES, without hesitation. All those sleepless nights, piles of vomit they’ve “squeegeed” off their carpets, all the sheets and linens they’ve washed, vet bills coming out of their ears and still they wouldn’t change a thing.

Why then do they do it? It’s that unconditional love and loyalty that these dogs exude towards their humans. That wiggle butt when they see you come in the door (even if you just stepped out to get the mail). It’s the look of love in their eyes as you feed them and stay up with them when they are sick. It truly is a special bond. A bond that cannot be broken. From all accounts, it is a bond that last forever.

We were fortunate my husband and I, that our Kodi did not develop megaesophagus with myasthenia gravis. I always say everything works out for a reason in life. We all serve a purpose here on this planet. I guess it was the plan that I would be the “observer” and the “story teller” so others can learn about canine megaesophagus and this community of special people and their pups.

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8 thoughts on “The Bond Between Us “The MegaE Experience”

  1. My dog Mia has Myastenia Gravis and her esophagus is dilated. She has been in and out of the hospital with pneumonia now twice. As soon as we get her home we have trouble keeping her from regurgitating. I bought her a Baily’s Chair but she tries so hard to jump out and usually succeeds even if I am holding her in a nelson. I can usually only manage to keep her in there for 10 minutes tops before I get exhausted (she weighs about 55 pound of solid muscle) The meds I have her on are different than the ones listed on the site here, wondering what her chances are of ever getting better. Ugh this is so hard.

    1. Hi Dana,
      Don’t give up! There is a lot of hope with myasthenia gravis. It’s tricky to get the meds right the first couple of weeks. Once you have the meds properly dialed in, things begin to turn around. To keep Mia in the chair, try putting her in a harness and then attaching it to the back of the chair. Some people drill a hole in the back of the chair for the harness to be thread through. Other tricks to keep em in that chair – try a kong filled with peanut butter. You can freeze the kong with the pb first so it lasts longer. There are products like Lickety stixs and LeanLix (see Stuff We Love Tab) You can also rub some peanut butter on the tray or a paper plate. Please feel free to join the facebook groups, Canine Megaesophagus Support Group and Upright Canine Brigade. There is also a Canine Myasthenia Gravis Support Group on Facebook that is quite good as well!

  2. I am wondering if anyone who has a dog with mega e has had their teeth cleaned by a vet. Anesthesia? 7-17-17

    1. Hi Kat,
      Anesthesia is always an issue with megaesophagus. There are some safeguards your vet can put in place. Pretreating one half an hour before anesthesia with metoclopromide to help empty the stomach, tilting the surgical table so that the head is above the rear end helps with stomach reflux, leaving the tube in until the dog is actively swallowing and holding the dog in a vertical position while the dog is coming out of anesthesia. This will help minimize aspiration pneumonia since fluids will drain down to the stomach instead of lingering in the esophagus. Hope that helps!

  3. My Irish setter (almost 9) just diagnosed with this and has lost 5 lbs in a week and she is very thin to begin with. She cannot keep anything down, no food no water. Had all tests done and the espohogus looks fine except for small inflammation at the bottom and top, ultrasound on abdomen done and no issue there. Blood tests done all good. I’m at a loss where to go next. Any help or suggestions appreciated. Tried the feeding sitting up, not working.

    1. Hi Mary,
      I’m so happy you found on facebook at Upright Canine Brigade! It is a great resource for answers and suggestions! Try the carafate to help soothe the esophagus. We had to give this to our Kodi and he surprisingly didn’t seem to mind it. It comes in a liquid and tablets that you can dissolve (cheaper than the liquid). The tablets are large and very soft. You smash them up and add a little warm water to dissolve. Suck the liquid up in a syringe and squirt it in. It must be given 1 hour before any food or meds or 2 hours after any food or meds. It coats the esophagus and allows it to heal. Best of luck. We all know where you are with this right now. You are doing a great job! Stay positive!

  4. Being dog lovers all our lives and having our own for 45 years did not prepare us for our ME puppy Emma. She was one of three puppies we were fostering when we soon realized something wasn’t right. Our vet was knowledgable and supportive. We never considered any option other than to do what we could so she would thrive and survive. She is now a one year old, 55 lb redbone coonhound. The support that came from people with their own experience was amazing and helpful. Learning how common ME is was rather shocking. We continue to support the rescue group we are with, but our hearts are in it for whatever we can do to save ME critters.

    1. You are doing a wonderful job! We all know it isn’t easy at times but once you learn how to help them, many times things fall right into place! Thank you for loving her. It is amazing how many ME pups are out there. It certainly isn’t as rare as many are lead to believe. Thank you so much for your comment and best of luck with your girl!

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