Dille was born in April 2018. He was found on the streets and taken to the municipal shelter, but we couldn’t leave him there as a little puppy on his own. It was clear that he had some serious medical problems and it took a while and quite a fight for his health to discover what they were, at one point he nearly died. But eventually we discovered that he has a congenital condition called megaoesophagus which means that his oesophagus is too large and the muscles have failed to develop properly. This means that, if he eats normally, food is not moved down into his stomach and is either regurgitated or could end up in his lungs, and he wouldn’t get the nutrition he needs.
What does this mean for someone who adopts him? Well, firstly you will be adopting a typical, playful and very happy puppy! The only time that the condition has any impact on his life is when it comes to eating. He eats soft food twice a day – pasta with meat, or soaked biscuits, and lots of water. He also eats standing on his back legs – there are specially designed chairs available for dogs with this condition, but Dille doesn’t know any other way of eating his meals so doesn’t need one. The condition has become easier to manage as he has got older, so he can now enjoy treats and drink water separately from his meals if he gets thirsty. The only adjustments that need to be made for him are not to feed dry biscuits and to give him his meals on a raised platform so he can stand to eat.
But that is it – he is a perfectly normal, healthy dog who just needs to eat his meals in a different way. He is currently 10kg and 45cm tall. And like all puppies, he deserves a loving home!