Nala, a German Shepherd, suffers from megaesophagus which is a condition which makes it difficult for dogs’ muscles to propel food down to the stomach. One remedy for this illness is a dog high chair. The video above is not Nala but is an example of this high chair. Here’s the story from 9News.com in Colorado:
Animals with megaesophagus have muscles in the esophagus that fail and are unable to propel food or water into the stomach.
Without some form of help, the prognosis for these animals is not good.
“They either starve to death over a long period of time, a slow starvation because they never get the nutrition, or they die of aspiration pneumonia,” McDonald said.
The McDonalds built a chair based on the Bailey Chair and Nala has been eating in it for the last three years. Nala is now very healthy, energetic and weighs 80 pounds.
Nala does have to stay in the high chair for 25 minutes after she finishes eating to allow the food to reach the stomach. She is so comfortable in the high chair that she typically falls asleep during this time.
Fortunately for Nala and other dogs suffering from megaesophagus, the high chair appears to be a working solution. Click here for the full story and another video. Also, click here to visit a website called Canine Megaesophagus which is dedicated to bring awareness to this canine condition. The dog in this video really appears to be enjoying his meal!