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Great Dane needs medical care

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This is Bijou a 3 month old Great Dane puppy with Persistent Right Aortic Arch and Megaesopagus.
The Megaesopagus may be a result of the PRAA or know as Vascular Ring Anomaly. It is a congenital anomaly of the blood vessels of the heart that result in constriction of the esophagus. And the Megaesopagus is a condition where the esophagus doesn't get the food to the stomach.
Surgical removal of the stricture (narrowing) caused by the PRAA             ( Persistant Right Aortic Arch) is the preferred treatment in puppies between 2-6 months of age before permanent growth damage has occurred.
Without surgery she will require a special diet 4 times a day of ground food made into a slurry and will require to eat in a upright position and remain there for 45 minutes after each meal so gravity will help the food to pass to the stomach and only about half makes it there, and which most of causes aspiration pneumonia which most likley will be fatal to the dog.
Treatment will require X-rays and a esophagus scan and barium scan.
There are 2 types of surgery;
The classic Thoracotomy which is the opening of the chest or a Minimally Invasive Surgery which has advantages of decreased pain, redused risk of wound complications and infection, shorter hospitalization and better visualization due to the magnified high-resolution images.
The cost of the tests and surgery is between 2 and 6 thousand dollars and the M.I.S may run higher but may require minimal post-operative hospital care.
There is a great website with lots of info you can read more on this at

Bijou has already has minor pneumonia and is currently on antibiotics and her slurry meals until we can reach our goal to begin her road to a nomal life.

I want to thank you all in advance for being a part of her success. 

Love to you all,


Timothy McManus
Binghamton, NY

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