March 20th 2009 10:32 am
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Brenden was diagnosed with megaesophagus. The esophagus is the tube connecting the throat with the stomach. When food is perceived in the esophagus, neurological reflexes causing muscle contraction and relaxation lead to rapid transport of the food into the stomach, like an elevator going down. Other reflexes prevent breathing during this swallowing process. When these reflexes are interrupted, the esophagus loses its ability to transport food.
In order for Brenden to transport food into his stomach, he needs to eat like a human, in an upright position. Right now we are evaluating certain food to give Brenden the most nutrition possible. His foster mom feeds him in a sitting position for now, but, there is a special chair, like a child's high chair that dogs with Brenden's condition are fed in. This chair was designed by a lady who had a German Shepherd with this condition. We will build it for him. It only takes an extra few minutes to feed him this way, but, he can live his normal , goofy, happy life.
Brenden is one of the most wonderful dogs we have taken in, and we will make sure he gets all it takes. Donations for his holistic food are very welcome.
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