The recipes included on this site may or may not work for your ME pup. Please refer to your vet with any questions or concerns. Utilize recipes at your own risk.
Shae shows us how! Meatballs should be small enough to be swallowed whole without chewing and dropped into their mouths from an elevated position.
Bobbie eating in his hi chair
Bobbie is only 10 lbs and I feed him 36 meatballs + 1 tbs pumpkin purée followed by 1/2 cup of coconut Knox blox for each of his 3 meals. He sits in a baby highchair and rests nicely for 30 minutes after he gobbles his meal.
Gelatin Blocks are a wonderful way to provide your ME dog with hydration if water is on the NO-NO list. They also make a nice treat on hot days!
1 cup cold low sodium chicken or beef broth (to make it tasty for your pup!)
4 packages of unflavored gelatin 3 cups of boiling liquid (You can use more broth here, combined with water, or just more water)
Pour a cup of cold broth into a 9 x 11 or 9 x 13 baking pan
Sprinkle 4 packages of gelatin into cold broth and stir Add 3 cups of boiling liquid and stir until the gelatin is dissolved
Refrigerate until solid - approximately 3 hours
Slice the firm gelatin into pieces (squares of a "swallowable" size per your pup)
Refrigerate until use
Bully LOVES Gelatin Blocks! Click here to see how much!
Gucci demonstrating how he eats and burps!
This is how Gucci eats and gets burped. Not all megaesophagus dogs eat in a bailey chair!
Two Homemade "Frosty" Treats Recipes
It's like ice cream for your dog!
Frosty Treat Recipe: Basic Recipe 32 ounces yogurt 2 T honey 2 T creamy peanut butter 1 banana Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into ice cube trays, small muffin pans, small paper cups, etc. and freeze until use ================================ Another Frosty Treat Recipe! 2 cups of plain yogurt about a cup of water 1 tablespoon of peanut butter 1 tablespoon of honey Blend all ingredients in blender until very smooth and thin
Pour into small paper cups, muffin pans, etc. and freeze until use ================================
Zeeva’s Chicken Broth Jello
8 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
8 cups boiling watr
2 boxes of 32oz. unsalted chicken broth
In large pan, boil the water,
Slowly stir in unflavored gelatin until completely dissolved,
Stir in chicken broth,
Pour into 8x8x2 inch baking pans & chill until firm.
Makes three 8x8x2 pans.
To serve, cut into strips.
Lasts about a week.
Satin Balls II From Diana Carreon, R.N., C.
The following recipe was sent to Wellpet by Diana Carreon, R.N.,C.
It quickly became one of the most requested posts on Wellpet.
- 10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind]
- 1 lg. box of corn flake cereal [or comparable natural brand]
- 1 lg. box oatmeal
- 1 jar of wheat germ
- 1 1/4 cup veg oil
- 1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses
- 10 raw eggs
- 10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf. Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.
approx total 24222 cal per batch (made with corn flake cereal and medium hamburger)
approx 2000 cal per lb. (made with corn flake cereal and medium hamburger)
This makes a huge batch, I normally cut it in half for easier mixing. Unless friends are over...then I get the girls to help me and feed them wine and baked goods. It's one job where many hands make light work.
Homemade Chilly Paws
32 oz. greek yogurt (Try to use 2%)
2 very ripe mashed bananas (one if your dog is "gassy")
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 can of coconut milk (non sweetened)
Add baby oatmeal if your dog needs a thicker consistency.
- Mix all these ingredients in your blender, then dump into ice cube trays, paper dixie cups, or whatever sized cup shape you want to give to your dog.
Rounded cereal type bowl for toddlers. The dog can lick it or scrape it with her teeth. Look in toddler section of grocery store for reusable Tupperware like containers you can use.
If your dog gets gassy, wait to feed your dog any meat product for about an hour after the chilly paws.
Scout Knows the Routine!
Lillie's Food - Mini Schnauzer
Single batch recipe:
-9 oz of ground Blue Buffalo Wilderness puppy kibble soaked in
-3 & 2/3 cup of boiling water
-1 can of wet Kirkland Signature Cuts & Gravy
Blend until smooth.
*This is NOT a brand recommendation, it is simply what Lillie eats.
Coconut Knox Blocks
Coconut Gelatin Blox –
This recipe adds some calories to the traditional "blox"-
- Sprinkle gelatin over 1 cup cold coconut milk, let stand 1 minute (it will be real thick)
- Add 3 cups hot water and stir until gelatin dissolves, about 5 minutes.
- Pour into a glass dish and set on counter for 10 minutes *If you do not let it sit for about 10 minutes it separates (yuck), but if you give it 10 minutes or so and stir again, the coconut milk mixes throughout (yay).
- Stir thoroughly again and then refrigerate about 3 hours till set.
- Cut into bite size squares.
Recipe submitted by:Julie Meyerhardt to the Canine Megaesophagus Support Group-I hope this helps anyone out there looking for hydration or calorie ideas! -
- 2 mashed bananas
- 32oz low-fat or no-fat yogurt
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
Pour into 3-oz dixie cups; 10 or 12 is good for starters. If your dog is smaller, get more cups but fill them only about halfway.
Freeze for 2 hours, then pop one out, and watch your dog chow down!
Bully's Hydrating Gelatin Blox -- for added hydration!
- Pour 1 cup cold children's electrolyte replacement drink in a 11x7 rectangular tupperware
- Sprinkle 4 packets of unflavored gelatin on top - let sit 1 minute
- Add 3 cups hot water and stir until dissolved
- Let set up in refrigerator for a few hours.
You can substitute the electrolyte replacement with cold chicken broth, cold water, water with honey....anything really.
Recipe submitted by Somer, Bully's mom:
Bully eats one tray a day: he weighs 80 pounds and has no water. This recipe has kept him hydrated and alive living in the Las Vegas desert for over a year 🙂 I hope it can help you, too if you have a ME dog who can't tolerate water.
6 large carrots, topped and tailed. Usually unnecessary to peel.
About equal amount of red sweet potato, peeled
Quarter of a large cabbage, thinly sliced (of course other veg may be used too. I like to include a green veg. I put in the stalks from broccoli and cauliflower too.)
Get some water boiling in a large saucepan. Put in the carrots and sweet potato. Bring to the boil again. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add cabbage. Bring to the boil again. Simmer another 5 minutes. Turn off stove and leave lid on for another 2 minutes. It goes on cooking. Drain off the water. Puree with a blender.
Mince some meat. Chicken breast is good to start with, as it is easily digested, but it can gradually be replaced with cheaper meat. I use 2 - 3 kg (4.5 - 6.6lb) at a go and freeze what I don't need straight away.
Lightly steam the meat in a frying pan to cook it, with a little water, breaking it up with an eggslice, spoon or whatever.
Prepare some brown rice. I freeze this into small containers for future use. The absorption method is very convenient.
Have a can of pink salmon handy. I break up the can contents into 40g plastic bags and freeze them.
Ingredient amounts - can be varied to suit the dog and dietary requirements at the time.
400g/14oz chicken breast
100g/3.5oz brown rice
40g/1.5oz pink salmon
4 cups of water (1 litre, roughly 2 pints)
Puree the lot with a blender.
Tips: My dog would have this in a day. She has a quarter per sitting, 4 sittings a day. It equates to about 464g/16.5oz per sitting of the final slurry. She has to sit in the chair 30 minutes after each sitting. She has no extra water. She gets the Gelatin Blocks, but only in the chair.
To start with, I had to encourage her to eat, especially when she had AP. I would drizzle on peanut oil, or mix in half a teaspoon of Vegemite . You could use a touch of soy sauce, maybe. I had to literally hand feed, then as she got a bit more enthusiasm for eating, use a spoon, before she finally fed herself.
Watermelon Blueberry Gelatin Blox
approximately 1/2 of a seedless Watermelon, you may need more depending on how large your watermelon is.
1 cup Blueberries
1 tablespoon Honey
4 envelopes Unflavored Gelatin
1. Puree and strain watermelon and blueberries. You need a total of four cups of juice.
2. Chill and pour one cup of juice in a large bowl, boil the remaining three cups and honey in a sauce pan.
3. Sprinkle the four packets of unflavored gelatin over the juice in the bowl, let stand 1 minute.
4. Add three cups juice heated to boiling and stir until the gelatin in completely dissolved (about five minutes.)
5. Pour into a 9″ x 13″ (quarter sheet) cake pan and allow to chill for at least 3 hours.
6. Cut into sizes appropriate to your dog and serve.
How to Burp Your Dog!
Sorry this is sideways! Not sure why!
"Throat Massage" This is how you remove liquids in your dog's throat to prevent regurgitation.
Dry Dog Food Balls - Rebecca Vz
This is a low cost way to make a lot of meat balls. I use Puppy kibble since it has higher fat and protein. Forgive me for the lack of perfect measurement, I always just wing it.
- Fill a large mixing bowl 3/4 with dry kibble
- Completely submerge the kibble in hot water or stock ( I use beef or chicken base )
- When the kibble has absorbed all the liquid and has become soft, blend with a hand mixer until it looks like ground beef.
- Roll into balls and refrigerate until firm.
For a little extra bonus add a little peanut butter ( not to much or they become to sticky to roll down ) or grated cheese
TIP: If you over soak, just pulverize some dry food in the blender or add wheat germ or oatmeal to stiffen it up.
This is a good way for us to get some food into Cleo. Sometimes it seems like there is nothing but balls making it all the way down.
I have found that when I need to come up with quick meatballs , this does the trick.
Bone broth is loaded with super amazing amounts of glucosamine, it’s also packed with other joint protecting compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Moreover, the glycosaminoglycans from bone broth are resistant to digestion and are absorbed in their intact form. Apparently they act like hormones, stimulating cells called fibroblasts, which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments, and even the arteries.
It also helps detox the liver, the master organ of detoxification. The dog’s liver is under assault daily as the poor dog lies on carpets and floors treated with chemicals, walks on grass that’s been treated and sprayed with poisons, consumes foods with toxic and synthetic ingredients, and suffers through toxic dewormers, flea and tick preventives, drugs, antibiotics, vaccines and more.The liver was never meant to suffer this onslaught and its capacity to detoxify is limited by the availability of the amino acid glycine. Guess what has tons of glycine? Bone broth!
The lining of the intestines contains millions of tiny holes that allow the passage of digested nutrients to enter the body. Stress, poor diet and bacterial overgrowth can cause more holes to open or to become bigger…this is called leaky gut.
The problem with those big holes is that things can pass through that aren’t meant to, including undigested food matter, toxins and yeast. The body will notice those undigested food particles as foreign invaders and start to attack them. This is how allergies and food sensitivities develop.Bone broth is loaded with a gooey substance that can plug up those leaky holes: gelatin!
Great nutrition for our sick dogs. Have you ever had a dog with terrible diarrhea and had trouble getting him back on solid food? Or a dog who is convalescing and doesn’t have a great appetite but you know he needs more nutrition? Bone broth to the rescue!
Studies conducted in the 1800’s showed that when there is plenty of gelatin in the diet, the body’s need for protein from meat sources can be reduced by as much as fifty percent! Bone broth is also an excellent source of important minerals and can bolster the immune system (think chicken soup)!
Bone broth is also loaded with glycine, which aids digestion by helping to regulate the synthesis of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid.
How to make it??? So easy. I purchased Beef Marrow Bones and Turkey necks from the butcher. Added to my huge crockpot with about 2 inches of water over the top of the bones ...add one tablespoon of Raw apple cider vinegar and Cook in the crock pot for 24 hours on low. This helps draw the minerals out of the bones more thoroughly. Raw apple cider vinegar is most commonly used (It’s well regarded by herbalists for its ability to draw minerals out of plants). Lemon juice may also be used. The strain it all so all you have left is the broth. Once it is chilled, skim the excess fat off the top of the broth if you wish (there may be less than you expect). The remainder is your broth. If it has a jelly-like consistency when it’s cold you’ve done a good job of it!
You can freeze this broth in small containers (even ice cube trays) for easy dispensing. Or you can store it in your refrigerator for about four days. Callie is only 18 lbs but I am going to start out with a tablespoon in her food.
Feeding our Danes Mazzy and Maverick
Tunkey Shows Us How to Get In The Chair!
Buy 100% pumpkin in the can or puree your own boiled pumpkin. Take the mixture and pour it into ice cube trays. Freeze the trays. Your pup will love eating these pumpkin cubes just like a Popsicle treat. These pumpkin cubes are also full of vitamin E, making them a healthy snack that is great for your dog’s skin and coat. Pumpkin helps with upset tummies too so if you make these and keep some in a freezer bag you can help get your dog back on track.
Kitties get megaesophagus too! Watch these two clever kitties while they dine!
Harley-Quinn shows us how to eat "meatballs" in her Chair!
Patty shows us how to prepare dinner for her pup!
Sosa's Mom Molli says: