LINKS to Info we LOVE!

CareCredit  provides shorter term no interest if paid in full within 6, 12, 18, or 24 months at participating vets. CareCredit also extends longer term healthcare financing for 24, 36, 48 or 
60-month periods with a reduced APR. Ask your vet if they are a participating CareCredit provider! 

How to calculate how much food your dog should be getting!

CLICK HERE

Some of our ME dogs from our groups have benefited from Complementary Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) like Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Physical Therapy. Thank you Sara for bringing this important link to our attention!

CAVM

Network with other Pet Parents with Megaesophagus MegE Parents Map 

If you are looking to donate or you are in need of a megaesophagus item to help your pup, go to Megaesophagus-Pawing It Forward on facebook

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1043022559093882/

If you are looking for the best price from your local pharmacy check out goodrx.com They offer discounts and coupons to your local pharmacy. Save $$$

GoodRx

 

 

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Dog Food Advisor - Food Ratings, Recalls, and More!

 

Dunkin's Road to Love and Healing

Dunkin

Our friend, Dunkin, who is now an angel watching over all of us, was an abused pup with Megaesophagus and other neurologial issues.  His mom, Lisa, adopted him, helped him thrive, and dedicated her life to improving Dunkin's.  Dunkin's legacy lives on in Dunkin's Road to Love and Healing - a foundation dedicated to promoting animal abuse awareness, educating the community about responsible pet ownership and providing financial aid for other homeless pets in need.  Please go visit and say hi!

Starship The Dog

starship

Visit our friend, Starship!  Starship has Megaesophagus, but she doesn't let it stop her! Stop by and say hi! 

 

Canine Myasthenia Gravis Comparative Neuromuscular Lab 

California, USA

ALL Myasthenia Gravis tests are sent here! 

 

Please read more about our lovable,

hug-able golden doodle from our group

- Charlie!

charlie-at-penn-vet-emergency-service

Ventricular Arrhythmias 

is common in Boxers, Bulldogs and German Shepherds. Good information about heart disease from Cornell University

10 thoughts on “LINKS to Info we LOVE!

  1. My name is Tina. My dog Trigger was diagnosed with ME at age 4 months. He lived to be 8 yrs. and 4 months. He passed away this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. I loved reading your stories. I would like to post my dog Trigger’s story on your website. Please let me know how I can do this.

    Thank you,
    Tina

  2. Has anyone ever tried a “bitenot” collar? My ME dog has had a procollar for years but it is always deflating and I have to get a new one regularly because she wears it pretty much all the time. I don’t think the neck hug would work because of how often she needs to wear it. The bitenot looks like it’s really durable and would probably work in keeping her head up but I worry it will be really uncomfortable.

    1. I have seen the “bitenot” collar used before but I’m not sure about the results. It is important to keep the snout up which is why the “neck hugs” from wagtail work so well for most dogs. It tends to be wider and it is surprisingly light! Most dogs wear it without discomfort. Some dogs wear them 24/7. With everything with this disease it is trial and error. What works for some doesn’t always work for all!

  3. Our 12-year-old lab has MG idiopathic. He does great all day with upright feeding, small bites of can food 3 times daily. He takes metachlorpromide with each meal and Pepcid 10 mg in the AM. With the hot days, he does not do well at night. He starts to get wheezy in the evenings (especially when he gets excited), then he will start coughing at about 3 am and vomit a small amount of liquid (not food). We try and feed him dinner early most nights at 5 pm. Have others run into this? I have ordered the neck hugs to hope this will help with night time occurrence of vomiting fluid. Any help for the wheezing that occurs on those hot nights, or when he gets over excited?

    1. Hi Jessie,
      The neck hug and the pepcid should do the trick! Hopefully it has already! Make sure he’s been checked for laryngeal paralysis. This happens with older labs quite often. There is a tie back surgery that may help. Hopefully your boy is doing better now!

  4. My dog a 12 year old Jack Russell named Harley was diagnosed with MG in April and also has ME. She was doing very well with treatment (mestonin, hysocyamine, Pepsi and a Bailey chair) but we just now learned that they suspect she has cancer as several large masses are present on Xray in her thoracic cavity with fluid. They drained the fluid and submitted it for cytology and it showed cells which are highly indicative of cancer. My vet says she is not a surgical candidate and doesn’t want to do anything else for her. They put her on Metacam and I have her on a cancer diet but I really think I can do more for her! I do not live in an area where other more experienced vets are an option as this vet is the only advanced clinic around. Do you have any information you can share with me? Do MG dogs often get cancer? I am just trying to provide her options. Thank you for help!

    1. Hi Jan,
      There are studies out there that state MG dogs that do not go into remission within 18 months many times do present with cancer. My dog fell in that category. He presented with Mast Cell Cancer but is doing well right now. The tumor was surgically removed with wide clean margins and he received Vinblastine Chemotherapy sessions at the University of Penn. No re-occurrence of the cancer so far. It’s been 6 months. Have they ruled out a thymoma with your pup? I will do some research too for you and get back to you on the facebook support page. Good vibes coming for you and your pup!

    2. Our ME, spaniel is 5yrs old diagnosed idiopathic( 2yr ), Vet says we now needs her teeth cleaned ,is anesthesia safe for her? And how about vaccines. I really dont want to she got very ill last year after, Greatly Appreciate all the info its been very helpful.

      1. Hi Becky,
        It is recommended that vets use these precautions when using anesthesia:
        1) Pre-treating one half hour before anesthesia with metoclopromide. It will encourage the stomach to empty
        2) Elevating the head end of the surgical table or placing patient on a slant so that the head is higher than the rear. This will reduce reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus.
        3) Leaving the endotracheal tube in until the dog is very actively swallowing is very important to reduce aspiration into the lungs.
        4) Maintaining elevation of the front end, preferably in a vertical position (body perpendicular to the floor) while recovering from anesthesia. This allows fluid that may have accumulated in the esophagus to drain into the stomach. Some assign a technician to keep the pet elevated while other vets will allow the owner to hold the pet as soon as it is extubated. Preventing regurgitation at all cost is paramount in megaesophagus dogs.

        Vaccines should be okay if your dog does not have an auto-immune disease like acquired myasthenia gravis and is otherwise well. You can also discus titering with your vet to see if that would be an option. Thanks for the question Becky. Best of luck!

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