Kruz is a male German Shepherd puppy who was pulled from the Ava, MO pound one day before he was out of time!
Within a few weeks of acquiring Kruz, he was diagnosed with Megaesophagus disease at only 5 1/2 months of age.
ME (megaesophagus) means food has a hard time getting down into his stomach. Instead it sits at the bottom of his esophagus causing it to stretch out like a balloon and eventually his food and water is regurgitated back out from simply lowering his head. Dogs with this suffer from malnutrition, dehydration, aspiration from food and water sliding back down into the lungs and sometimes, swelling so large it pushes out against their lungs making it impossible to breathe or eat. These secondary issues is what eventually causes their death.
There are different things that cause ME. In Kruz’s case it’s that his lower esophagus sphincter doesn’t open up when food hits it to allow it into the stomach and usually he has to sit upright for about 20 minutes waiting for it to slowly open for food to slide into the stomach.
Management includes medications- 4 feedings per day in an upright position for 15-30 minutes each feeding and meal prepping by blending dog food into powder and mixing with water to make it heavier in hopes gravity pushes it into the stomach to stay. He can only drink from elevated water bowls too. He uses a Bailey chair (similar to a doggie high chair) to keep him upright during his feedings.
Kruz has his own facebook page where you can follow his journey living with this disease.
Due to this condition, he is no longer available for adoption and now dubbed our Paws Crossed Mascot!