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My dog has megaesophagus due to myasthenia gravis. I would like to make her food and wondered if you could offer suggestions. Also, would the Harmonize GI be good for her? Thanks!
Thanks for your question! In general, we recommend feeding your dog in an elevated manner by placing the food bowl above the point of shoulder at multiple small feedings (3-4 per day). Feed wet food consistency of oatmeal. A warming food, such as Blaze would be best, along with Spleen treats, and Harmonize GI Supplement to aid with digestion and provide adequate probiotics. You can find a homecooked recipe version of Blaze here. Also, be aware of respiratoiry rate as dogs with megaesophagus are prone to aspiration pneumonia. If breaths per minute increases over normal or chronic coughing occurs, then get an exam from your vet for possible aspiration.
In the process of researching supplements for my 13 yo shitzu poodle that was diagnosed with cushings disease in May. I have decided to make his food so want to make sure he gets what he needs. What do you recommend? Thanks!
Thanks for your question, Jenny! It is wonderful you've decided to make your dog's food, we applaud your decision! We believe homecooking is the best option for pets. When convenience is needed, there are wonderful commercial TCVM foods out there as well.
The vendor of Harmonize GI, PET | TAO, has some recipes on their blog you can follow to cook at home for your dog.
Here's a good article to read to start: https://pettao.com/cook-dog-cushings-disease/
They even have recipes designed especially for early, mid, and late-stage Cushing's!
Here's a link to those: https://pettao.com/?s=Cushing%27s