Last Updated on November 12, 2023 by Pets Feed
In New Jersey, a dog was born with a strange condition, which doesn’t allow him to digest food properly, so Chuck, the dog, has to eat standing up, otherwise he would vomit. Chuck came to Funny Farm Rescue in 2013 after being abandoned by the owners of a kennel.
At the farm he is welcomed by Laurie Zaleski, founder of the place, who decides to keep it and take care of it. It turns out that Chuck suffers from megaesophagus, a disorder found in dogs and cats; German Shepherds are particularly predisposed to this disease.
The animal’s esophagus becomes too large, to the point that it loses the ability to contract its muscles, preventing food and liquids from reaching the stomach.
The dog needs a special chair to eat
Chuck was taken to the vet and was quickly diagnosed with a strange illness. Although veterinarians said they could operate and insert a feeding tube, Zaleski opted for a more natural solution.
Laurie decided to try feeding him in an upright position, which worked.
He has since done so in a chair designed for dogs with this condition.
Chuck typically eats three bowls of a special formula at each meal, and she waits 10 to 15 minutes for Chuck’s food to go down before moving on to the next bowl.
Today, Chuck is a happy 3-year-old dog, and Laurie says Chuck has gotten so used to his chair that it’s not uncommon to find him taking a nap after eating.
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