**Jerry has ME (Megaesophagus), which is easily managed. Jerry eats his kibble out of a slow feeder bowl, elevated on a dining room chair, and sleeps in a pro-collar (see photo) to keep his head elevated to prevent food regurgitation during the night. His water bowl should be elevated, as well. Jerry is not on any medications.
Megaesophagus is a condition that results in an enlarged esophagus, which doesn’t allow food to be pushed down to the stomach. The eaten food fails to enter the stomach and often stays in the esophagus, and is eventually regurgitated or enters the lungs through breathing, or decays in the esophagus.
Arrival Story: Found as a stray in Detroit and taken to MHS in early 2016, Jerry didn’t handle shelter life so well. The staff sought placement with rescue after he developed an upper respiratory infection and bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. Jerry tested positive for heartworm and treated successfully by Waggin’ Tails, but a stubborn bout of pneumonia and continued vomiting led us to a diagnoses of ME. Jerry’s recent blood work shows no infection. Yay, Jerry!
Approximate Age/Weight: 3 years old / 75 lbs.
Personality: Through all of the tests and medical treatment, Jerry has been a real trooper! While he gets along with dogs of all sizes, he is fondest of time spent with humans. His foster mom just gushes about how sweet Jerry is. He has a very soft mouth when taking treats and will even take a treat gently from his foster mom’s mouth. Jerry is also incredibly smart, so he will need his mind challenged to keep happy. Jerry lives to go on walks, play with toys, and hang out with the family.
Forever Home: Jerry is best suited for a home with a large property or fenced yard as he likes to visit his neighbors. His new family will be willing to continue the management of his ME disease. No horses and no cats, for Jerry. No electric fence under any circumstance.
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