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Willie Plott Hound Conover, NC
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs. He has megaesophagus.
- Good in a home with
- Other dogs, cats, children.
Willie is about 1 year old. I don’t foresee him getting bigger than 35-40 pounds at a healthy weight. Currently he is underweight and we are working on that.
He has a condition known as Megaesophagus. This is where his esophagus is too large and the muscles do not function properly or at all to get food to his stomach. This is a very manageable condition with proper care, so don’t let it discourage you. Willie has a special high chair (Bailey Chair) that he loves to sit in and eat! He LOVES to eat! He has to sit in his chair for 15 minutes minimum after eating to let gravity move the food to his stomach. If the food doesn’t get to his stomach then it sits in his throat setting him up for vomiting and possible aspiration of the lungs (and malnutrition). He is very cooperative and takes his current meds like a champ in his food. He cannot have any table food or regular dog treats because of his condition. Don’t worry, there are a lot of recipes for treats for dogs with his condition, and a lot of support groups of owners and fosters with dogs that have Megaesophagus.
Being he is underweight currently we have to get a lot of calories in him and he is fed smaller amounts 2-3 times a day. He will have to be fed like this forever. He has to eat his food really wetted down or watered/soupy canned food. It’s unknown if he will have to be on medication forever yet. If so, they are not expensive at all.
He loves to sleep in bed with you as long as he has a pillow to lay on to help keep his front half more elevated than his stomach to prevent vomiting in his sleep. He’s been doing great though.
He is crate trained, but hates it. We are working on potty training still. He does ok for a couple hours at a time if left out, as long as he’s taken to potty first before you leave.
He walks great on a leash and we try to use a harness on him to help reduce any pulling or pushing on his esophagus. He doesn't pull usually though unless it’s to get to the car or get somewhere he’s excited about. He LOVES car rides and does get upset when he cannot go.
He is up to date on all vaccines and currently on Heartgard and Nexgard for heartworm preventative and flea/tick preventative.
He is neutered and ready for adoption
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