Animal Rescue Recon, Inc. - No Pet Left Behind

Hero was dumped at the local shelter, sick and scared.  When they noticed he was loosing weight and vomiting, they contacted Animal Rescue Recon for help.  ARR took Hero to their local vet and subsequently to UC Davis for evaluation and diagnosis.  Hero has been diagnosed with Canine Megaesophagus.

Simply put, the dog’s esophagus muscles fail and cannot propel food or water into his stomach.  The food sits in the esophagus within the chest cavity and can result in vomiting and/or aspiration of fluid/food, leading to Pneumonia.

Megaesophagus is usually a genetic condition and is manageable.  It does not have to be a death sentence.  Many dogs live a long successful life.  Other than monitoring their food and water intake, they have no restrictions.
Hero needs to eat and drink in a vertical position.  

The wonderful folks at Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs have custom built and donated a chair just for Hero!  He's doing much better, learning a new way to eat, and hanging out in his chair afterwards!

Update on Hero:

We were recently contacted by a woman who lives about 2 hours from Oakley and has extensive experience with this condition - she currently has two German Shepard's in her home with ME.  Hero is now in her home and she has been working on fine-tuning his diet and trying to determine what works best with him (not all ME dogs can eat the same thing).  She has been closely monitoring his progress and trying her best to get him healthy and stable.

Recent updates indicate Hero is being a very good boy and getting along with the other German Shepard's in his new Foster home.  As soon as his diet has been stabilized we will have him at adoption events once a month.

Our hope is to find Hero a forever home.  Won't you please help and share Hero's story with all of your friends and family?

Ready for Adoption!

Thanks to a very special foster mom, Hero is ready for his forever family!  He is getting stronger every day, and his foster mom has developed a feeding regimen that seems to be working!

Hero came to visit us at adoptions and show off how well he's doing and how he eats!  If you missed the chance to meet him, check back soon - we expect to see him again in April!

Here's a pic of Hero taken on March 8th.


Contact ARR on 925.392.7654

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