Can German Shepherds get Megaesophagus?

GSD with mega-e

While rare, the German Shepherd dog can indeed get the condition megaesophagus.

Today someone brought to my attention a 10 week old puppy. This puppy is a German Shepherd who was born with megaesophagus. Apparently, this person became tired of caring for the pup.

If you have interest in joining this Facebook group, you can do so here: Facebook group Mega E Babies.

It turns out that a lot of people don’t think Mega E exists in the GSD world. It does. I have personally met dogs with Mega E and it can happen to practically any breed.

German Shepherd puppies with Mega E learn how to cope with the issue rather quickly. Here’s one hopping in to their puppy Bailey Chair.

Megaesophagus is a condition where the esophagus is (mega) larger than normal, so, food doesn’t get pushed down into the stomach. Their special chair utilizes gravity to get food into the belly, preventing regurgitation and aspiration. You can read more about this condition here on our article about Dalmations with Megaesophagus.

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