Lucy and her Megaesophagus

lucycouchAnd as the days go on, we continue to deal with Lucy’s Megaesophagus. It’s not fun.. and each time we have to sit her up in the chair to feed her, I am saddened that she has this awful disease. And each time she regurgitates on the bed frames, I feel bad for her.

Her weight is holding steady at about 61 pounds, which is good for her. We don’t want her to get below about 58 or so.  She has been up to 65 in the past, but 61 is better for her anyway.  My Husband has been taking her for walks to the local park about three times a week, which is great for her muscle tone and strength. Plus, she loves getting out!

She usually still regurgitates on a regular basis though. Mostly after she sneaks a drink of water that we don’t know about.  Sometimes her food doesn’t seem to go down, though, and she’ll regurge the food too.  But for the most part it stays down.

She just turned 10 on February 15. And we realize that once a dog is 10, they are considered getting old.  I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since little puppy Lucy came to live with us.  I wish she would live as long as us.

We are managing the megaesophagus okay, I think. I wish she wouldn’t ever regurgitate, I need to look it up and see if it’s normal for dogs to continue to do so, or if there are ways to prevent it entirely.  All in all, our Lucy girl is doing pretty good, all things considered.

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  1. I have had to deal with this difficulty in a couple of my collies and I know someone else who had one as well. It is a lifetime of management, but it is only an issue at feeding time. The rest of the time, it’s all good.

  2. I was told recently about a megaoesophagus patient at the university who used to put his front pas up on the window after eating and watch the traffic go by for an hour or so after eating, which helped him keep his food down.
    I don’t know if that story helps you at all, but I know it’s not an easy disease to manage and I wish you the best.

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  3. Aw, Lucy is such a good, sweet girl. She knows you love her and are taking good care of her. I’m glad she is still enjoying her walks and eating well in her chair.

  4. hi there
    our fig, a miniature pinscher, has just been diagnosed with a megaesophagus. we are holding her vertically after each and every meal, which seems to be helping her a lot. her regurgitation on my brother’s bed has been minimized, thankfully. any advice/support on this unfortunate condition afflicting our dear little fig would be appreciated. Where does one get a megaesophagus chair?
    much love to your lucy, our thoughts are with you.
    all the best,
    katie

    1. Hi Katie! I’m sorry about your little Min Pin. MegaE is very manageable though. Lucy has had it for a year now and she’s doing well! To find the chair check out the yahoo group:

      Good luck!

      1. Hi Cynthia,
        I Have been taking my border collie,Pidge,who was 10 on the 24th February to the vets for 6 weeks,she has had all kinds of tests done and has been diagnosed with Megaesophagus,poor little mite has been vomiting all that time when she eats and drinks,we have been feeding her in a sitting position which seems to help.It seems worse when she is lying down,mainly during late night to early hours in the morning are her worst times.I realise we are going to have a tough time of it but will do anything to make it easier for her.Good Luck with lucy.

        Best Wishes.Julie

        1. Hi Julie, I’m so sorry your dog has come down with megaesophagus! It’s awful, but it’s manageable. I recommend building a bailey’s chair, you can find the plans on the megaesophagus yahoo group. It helps Lucy a lot! We have started feeding her bigger meals in the mornings, and smaller in the evenings, and she is regurging less during the night now. Which is better for all of us! Good luck and keep in touch!

  5. 🙁 We once had a foster pup named Lucy, an Irish setter, who had megaesophagus. We had to put her down unfortunately, her cross was just too much to bear.

  6. I have a cocker spaniel aged 2. He was diagnosed with mega-e approx. 9 months ago and I have been feeding him the way you do ever since. He is completely OK now, acting like a “normal” dog. So don’t give up.

    Maybe you need to change Lucy’s sitting position during feeding so that you’ll avoid regurgitations. I use very liquid food (very oily that is) and feed him 3 times a day. You can see his Megaesophagus video and x-rays if you want to fully comprehend the way mega-e works. I think this will help you do exactly what you need to do.

    Also, never, ever don’t miss the 10 minutes sitting after the meal and do it immediately after eating so that her esophagus doesn’t get the weight of food pushing it because this deteriorates the problem.

    Just my 5 cents…

    But whatever you do, don’t quit. DON’T.
    Lucy is worth it.

    1. Hi Alexander.. I need to post an update about Lucy! She is doing really well! We built her a chair and she sits in it 20 minutes after she eats. Thanks for the input!

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