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Old 05-14-2017, 11:51 AM
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Exclamation My dog has Myastenia Gravis and Megaesophagus. Need to find a high calorie soft food

I'm re-posting this from the Introductions page, as this section is better suited for my question:

I'm posting for my mixed breed dog, Hannah, who, according to a DNA test is:

American Staffordshire
Boxer
Chow Chow
Shar Pei
Golden Retriever

A few months ago, she was bitten by a tick and contracted 2 tick borne illnesses. This triggered a disease called, Myasthenia Gravis and Megaesophagus. For those of you who are unfamiliar with these diseases, here is a link which explains it further:
Canine Myasthenia Gravis - A Neuromuscular Disease in Dogs

She is currently on liquid Pyridostigmine for the MG and Cerenia for her nausea. There was an indication of slight aspiration pneumonia so she was given an injectible antibiotic as well as an oral chewable Enrofloxacin.

Hannah has her good days and bad days, but within the past week (since her vet visit last week for the antibiotics) she is doing much better and hasn't really thrown up all of her food. She has started gaining back some of her weight (lost 15 lbs) and is eating her soft dog food again.

A few weeks ago, I was feeding her Goose eggs because she had stopped eating. She loved those and she ate them for a couple of weeks and then she went back to her dog food (Royal Canin)

I tried to find a higher calorie food for her, but couldn't find any in soft food. Unfortunately, she cannot eat hard kibble because her Megaesophagus interferes with her ability to swallow it and she throws it all up.

If anyone has any suggestions for a high calorie soft food, we would appreciate it a lot and than you in advance.
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I'd have a Bailey Chair made for her, it will help with the ME and help put weight back on her.
Here's a web page for the chairs, but it also contains a lot of information on ME and it has some links for support groups for people with ME dogs. I'm thinking that one of the support groups might be able to help you find a good food. https://www.baileychairs4dogs.com/ca...gaesophaphagus

Canine Megaesophagus Info | Your One-Stop Source for ME Information, Awareness, & Support!
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Our vet recommended this a couple of months ago, so we looked at the Bailey Chairs. Unfortunately, being the high strung dog that she is, she would be kicking and screaming if we tried to prop her up in one of those chairs.

She's held down all of her food for about a solid week and has gained some weight, so we're hoping that the worst is behind her. Being so young, the vet thinks that this will clear up on its own and just go away in several months (and we hope that this is the case too).

Thank you very much for the link to the support group and we will check it out.
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