Case of the month: Congenital Idiopathic Megaesophagus

Skaar, a sweet little patient of Dr. Carla, Β is a 9 month old puppy.

He was born with “Congenital Idiopathic Megaesophagus” , it is a disorder that sometimes is not immediately diagnosed, and needs specific tests to verify the condition. The esophagus (or food pipe going down to the stomach) lacks muscular tone. This makes food gets stuck as it is not pushed down as normal down into the stomach. The only symptoms are vomiting and regurgitation every time he eats or drinks.

He is required to be fed upright and keep the same position for 15 min ⏰ before and after every meal to ensure that his food reaches the stomach. If this is not done then there would be consequential vomiting of food and water that can then be aspirated into the lungs leading to dangerous complications such as pneumonia 🫁

Despite his condition and all the medications he needs to take every day, Β Skaar is the sweetest, loveliest and most full-of-life boy we have ever meet πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’™. His dad, who loves him and cares for him very much, made him a special chair to help him! Isn’t it the sweetest gift for him ??🌈🌈

⭐ He definitely has an uphill battle ahead but we will be with him every step of the way πŸ’–πŸ§‘πŸ’›


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