ME can't stop me! Team Fynlee
My name is Fynlee and I have Megaesophagus (ME). This June, I will be participating in the inaugural ASPCA Virtual 5K! In addition to fundraising to support ASPCA’s amazing programs, I also want to help raise awareness for Megaesophagus (ME).
Megaesophagus (ME) is a condition in which the esophagus does not function properly, is dilated, or enlarged, and is no longer able to propel food into the stomach. A normal esophagus moves food to the stomach with wave-like contractions called peristalsis. An ME dog's esophagus loses its muscle tone, becomes enlarged, and can develop pockets where food can become trapped. Since the esophagus does not function normally, food sits in the esophagus and doesn't make its way to the stomach. This can cause malnutrition and regurgitation.
While I will be dealing with this condition for life, that doesn't mean I can't be a normal happy puppy! My humans help me eat breakfast and dinner by blending my dog food with water and feeding me in a bailey chair (2nd and 3rd photos). This comfy chair keeps me in an upright position so that gravity can help pull food down into my stomach. All my humans have to do is open the front panel and I hop up into my chair all by myself! (Watch my video below) My humans also put a neck hug pillow on me every night while I sleep and sometimes during the day when I take naps (4th photo). This pillow helps to keep my head and neck elevated so that any remaining food, saliva or stomach acid does not just sit and build up in my esophagus. This helps to keep me from regurgitating and helps me sleep peacefully!
Megaesophagus is not a death sentence! For more info on MegaE, visit CanineMegaesophagusinfo.com
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