Thursday, October 28, 2010

Regurgitation has returned, AGAIN.

For some reason Sidney has started regurgitating again - usually it has been in the middle of the night for the past week. Yesterday he did in the morning in his Bailey Chair as well. We're keeping an eye on him closely. He has not lost his puppy energy (BIG TIME), but feeding him has been slightly more difficult. I actually spoon fed him yesterday morning, but the evening meal he ate pretty fast. The thing with Sidney is that we will have a long stretch where it seems like everything is OK with no RG periods. Then all of the sudden it shows up again. While it's normal with his condition, it still kind of sucks because I feel bad for him and want him to be better.

Hopefully this is over soon and we don't have to risk Aspiration Pneumonia. We are gonna give him some Sucralfate in between meals to see if this helps.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Diet for Megaesophagus is Working Great

Sidney's new diet without canned dog food as half of the mixture is staying down great. We now have bumped up his dry/soaked Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Food to 1.5 cups and are eliminating the addition of the tablespoon of Eukanuba Puppy Weaning Formula. We are going to use the Weaning Formula addition during times when he is having bad RG periods to try and get additional calories in his meals. While this new mixture takes up more water to blend, Sidney seems to be able to hold it and not have any accidents like a big boy. Plus there is no harm in making sure he is hydrated extra well. We decided to change this because he's up to 57 pounds at 13 months. He'll always be a smaller guy, but his weight seems right on for his size. He started out at only 14 pounds when he was diagnosed in December of 2009 and gained weight really slow, but stayed healthy. I guess that's how it works with ME puppies.

Here is his new yummy meal that he gets 3 times a day:

1.5 cups of Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Food
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons of Instant Oatmeal
2 cups of water - possibly more

This is all soaked in water and blended to a milkshake consistency.

We still feed him 5 or 6 Knox Blox for additional hydration after he eats his meal.