Hope is a 1 year old (DOB February 2017) spayed female and is a Boxer/Great Dane mix per a DNA test! She is more Boxer sized, weighing about 60 pounds.
Hope is a Special Needs dog as she has Congenital Mega Esophagus.
Our rescue was contacted by the individual who found her running stray as a small puppy. She was very thin and we were told hadn’t been able to keep any food down for several days. We knew something serious was going on so she immediately went to the vet after we picked her up. X-rays confirmed an enlarged esophagus. That diagnosis meant we needed to change how she ate food and drank water. Hope now eats and drinks in a Bailey Chair/doggie high chair so gravity can move her food into her stomach as her esophagus does not function properly. She also takes a medication with each meal to help with this process.
After trial and error for a few months we finally found a routine and food/drink combination that works best for Hope. While it does take some extra effort, it is not labor intensive! We current soak her kibble in hot water for 10-15 minutes and supplement her meals with goat’s milk. Her water intake comes from her soaked food, the goat’s milk and with “broth jello shots” while she is in her Bailey Chair. She also gets ice chips/cubes throughout the day. She does require a short rest period after eating. Aside from her eating routine Hope is a very “normal” dog who loves to run and play all the time!
Hope is spayed, up to date on vaccines, on a monthly heart worm prevention and microchipped.