Canine Megaesophagus

 We are so glad you've found us!  You're probably worried, scared, and feeling slightly hopeless after your dog's diagnosis -- Don't Be Discouraged!  It CAN get better! is your one-stop destination for:

  • Information (We're all experienced with the condition, so we know how it works!)
  • Management Tips (Chairs, Food, Treats!)
  • Recommended Veterinarians (We know they're good because we use them!)
  • Awareness Events (Let's get ME off the "rare" list!)
  • Support (Who better than ME parents to laugh, and cry with you throughout your journey!?)  

Welcome to our family -- Welcome to our crazy ME world -- Let us help your dog live a long and healthy life with Megaesophagus  ♥

*DISCLAIMER* We are NOT veterinarians, and we are NOT speaking on behalf of any companies or others.  We ARE a community of pet parents with ME/MG dogs.  The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, or take the place of advice from your vet.  Utilize this information at your own risk. - Thank you*


Megaesophagus is NOT a death sentence! 

There is a frustrating lack of information accessible to pet parents given the Megaesophagus diagnosis;  it often seems as if there's no hope.  Our group,  pet parents living with ME dogs (congenital, idiopathic, Myasthenia Gravis - young and old) and a family who have been inspired by an ME story, have decided that it's time to dispel the myth that ME is a death sentence.  


We've Come a Long Way, Baby!  (Before & After Pics!) 


MEatball!  MEatball Before and After



Foster!  Foster Dog Before and AfterFoster's After!




Shiloh!  Shiloh BeforeShiloh After!


Bully! Bully's weight gain


Reno! Reno before and after

Your dog CAN live a long and healthy life!

328 thoughts on “Canine Megaesophagus

  1. We have a 7 year old Dane named Tank who was recently diagnosed with ME. After a pre-bloat scare we were so relieve he made it out of surgery and was on his way to recovery when the issues started. We have been in and out of the ER asking questions and getting info on his symptoms. He’s very thin and drools excessively, often appearing nauseous. We just got him a bailey chair and have been using it religiously but he doesn’t appear to be getting any better. He’s on canned dog food which we make into balls and eating 4 times a day. Water through a syringe the vet gave us but still seems uncomfortable. Does anyone please have any advice or tips?? We will do anything it takes to get our guy on the up.

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Make sure your Dane is checked for underlying causes, such as Myasthenia Gravis, hypothyroidism and Addison disease. All 3 can cause ME. Hopefully this situation has resolved by now. I’m sorry. I’m just seeing this now.

    1. Hi Erik,

      You might check out Kristy sells t-shirts to earn money for dogs in need of a bailey chair. Chairs are not hard to make. It’s basically a 3 sided box with a paw bar or a door and tray. You can buy supplies for around 50 dollars on average to make one yourself. If you are not handy, look around at high school shop classes that are looking for a project or a local boy scout troop. To measure you dog go to website. There are tutorials on there that show you how. Depending on your dogs size, you can use other things in its place. A trash can, waste paper basket, laundry hamper, even a vase will do for a very tiny dog. If you have a puppy, a baby walker, baby swing, baby hi-chair all will do. You can try the stairs, a step stool, the back or the arm of a couch, or back of a chair. See our recipe tab for some video’s!

  2. thank you donna for your suggestions. i find the slurry works for awhile as do the meatballs and then they don’t work – and i’m looking for something new. tula ate the jellied broth then she didn’t. i’m waiting for the daily chair, right now i ‘m feeding her in a child’s carseat which is working quite well. i’m confident i’ll figure out the diet, i don’t have that confidence with the medications. we have good days and nights and then not so good days and nights. i’ve tied a towel around her neck to keep her chin up, until we receive the ‘me collar’. i’m not on Facebook so unable to connect with people there. thank you for this site you have helped a lot.

    1. Hi Corinne- What medications is she on? While you wait for your neck hug you can try an air line pillow or a baby boppy pillow. Some have had success with those.

  3. Are there groups that help place ME puppies I know of two awesome Labrador pups that need a home. Preferably someone who understands how to Mamie ME and loves retriever or agility games.

    1. Hi Doug,
      You can try Rehoming Megaesophagus Dogs on the web. They maybe able to help you there. You can also post on Upright Canine Brigade on facebook. We never mind seeing adorable lab pups! Best of luck!

  4. Our 7 month old lab was just diagnosed with ME today. It wasn’t shocking…I kind of figured that’s what’s been going on with him, but, it was still sad to hear the words come from the vet’s mouth. He is our daughter’s service dog and now I am grappling with the idea of having a medically needy dog for a medically needy child. It just isn’t making sense to me. I’m feeling more lost than I thought I would right now. Our Porter bear is part of the family and we love him….but I worry about his ability to be a service dog if he can’t even keep food down properly 🙁

    1. Hi Heather!
      Glad you joined the group! Just wanted to say that ME dogs live very normal lives for the most part they just eat funny! He should be able to perform those tasks that he was trained to do. We’ve had dogs in our group that perform dancing routines, compete in shows and trials. In fact one dog competed in the famous Crufts Dog Show in the UK! But mostly, they give a lot of love back to their owners which makes it all worth the effort! Best of luck!

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