Near University Park, Florida, a young dog was abandoned on Wednesday evening after her owner tied her to the Bailey chair she needs to help her survive. A note was attached explaining the dog suffers from megaesophagus, a lifelong condition in which the esophagus doesn’t move food into the stomach. She must be fed in a Bailey chair, in which the food is pulled by gravity into the digestive system. Her heartbreaking photo suggests she knew she was no longer wanted; her stuffed toy was perched on top of the chair.
According to PetMD, megaesophagus is a generalized enlargement of the esophagus — a muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach — with a decreased to absent motility. Esophageal motility is required for moving food and liquid down to the stomach.
Regurgitation is considered the hallmark sign of megaesophagus. Also, aspiration pneumonia may develop due to the entrance of food or liquid into the lungs. Other common symptoms include:
- Nasal discharge
- Increased respiratory noises
- Weight loss (cachexia)
- Extreme hunger or lack of appetite (anorexia)
- Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Poor growth
At this time, the dog is staying with a “regular” from the park. It is feared if the dog is taken to the local shelter, she will not survive. If anyone in the Orlando, Florida area is able to foster and help, please contact Cris Ferreira Reed via Facebook.
Photos of pup abandoned next to Bailey chair by Cris Ferreira Reed.
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