A Year of Megaesophagus

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Well it’s been almost a year since Lucy was diagnosed with Megaesophagus. For anyone who doesn’t know, it’s a disease where her esophagus doesn’t work anymore and is enlarged. So it won’t push her food down into her stomach anymore.

Well I have to just tell you all that Lucy is doing wonderfully! I think she’s a bit skinny but my husband and the vet say she is fine. 🙂 She eats a liquid diet at least four times a day. We put her kibble in a blender with water and blend it up, after letting it soak for an hour or so.

Lucy is in great spirits, she plays and my husband takes her to the dog park about 3 or 4 days a week. She’s 10 and a half years old, so she’s getting older too, but she’s happy and healthy now and doing well on her diet. The worst part is not being able to give her treats. But sometimes we do before we feed her to push the treat down. And sometimes she gets bully sticks, which she loves to chew, for an hour or so before we feed her again so that the food pushes down any bits that she has chewed off.

So we don’t have any POS systems in our house…. but then what would that have to do with Lucy anyway? LOL I dunno. We are just thrilled that Lucy is doing so well. A year ago we were putting her through all kinds of tests trying to figure out what was wrong with her, why she would regurgitate all the food she ate. Now we are certain she’s got some good years left. She’s my baby girl after all. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since Lucy puppy landed on a plane and came out of her crate bouncy and happy. Dogs just don’t live long enough. She is my sweet smooth collie girl!

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5 thoughts on “A Year of Megaesophagus

  1. I just wanted to comment to say that it’s great to see dog owners go the extra mile for their pets. Some people may give up to easy when their pets are ill, it is refreshing to see that your hard work and dedication has paid off!

  2. Hard to believe it’s been a year already. Lucy always looks like she’s doing great when I see her. She’s super fortunate to have you and your husband taking such good care of her.
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  3. I am so glad that Lucy is doing so well. I had not heard of Megaesophagus, but my Cruella has (among many other medical issues) Megacolon! It is much like you described with the esophagus. Her colon is very enlarged and doesn’t contract like it should. She eats a high fiber diet that helps her digestion. Hopefully that will continue to work well for her. Some dogs and cats with the condition lose all function of their colons.

    Lucy is very lucky to have an owner like you!
    .-= Tish´s last blog ..More Chances to Win During Blogathon! =-.

  4. I was just doing a little research on dogs and illnesses today and ran across this post. It was less than 4 months ago I lost my own dear girl and this brought back the memories of the fight to keep her alive. They’re worth every moment we give them and to be treasured every moment we have them in our lives. May your sweet girl live for many, many more years…
    .-= Marie´s last blog ..Tags, Tattoos and Micro-Chips =-.

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