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    Quote Originally Posted by Frith View Post
    We are using a combination of Fromm and Holistic Select. We went to HS because it has 'digestive aids' in it. To reconstitute it every night we measure out about 2 cups of food (we were doing 3 dry to a can but i read here that people feed 3 cups a day so we reduced the dry.) Then we cover in boiling water and let sit until the water is gone (1/2 hour about) Then we add the can and stir. This goes in the fridge overnight. That is a day of food. We add probiotics when we feed and put her medicine in the middle of a ball. Those get fed first. We let is sit out about an hour before we feed, so it is room temp. play with the ratio to find the best consistancy to make meatballs.

    We also feed Frith 10mg pepcid 2x per day.
    Thank you so much, this is so helpful! I love that you make a whole day batch, that will save me a little time.

    Jenn and Gigi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni23 View Post
    Thank you so much, this is so helpful! I love that you make a whole day batch, that will save me a little time.
    Good luck! Prayers and thoughts going your way--you can do this.
    Fritthy

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    Good luck! Prayers and thoughts going your way--you can do this.
    Such great, great help, advice, tips, support & wisdom, honestly, your loving & kind heart
    brought tears to my eyes reading your replies to help this bully, God bless you!


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    Is there a support group or forum that promotes the sale/resale of used Bailey Chairs? It seems to me that there would be a need as some dogs will require several chairs in different(larger) sizes as they grow...given that the chairs are size specific. IOW, what happens to used Bailey chairs once they are outgrown?

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    Is there a support group or forum that promotes the sale/resale of used Bailey Chairs? It seems to me that there would be a need as some dogs will require several chairs in different(larger) sizes as they grow...given that the chairs are size specific. IOW, what happens to used Bailey chairs once they are outgrown?
    I don't know about used Bailey chairs being resold, but on their actual website, they sell an adjustable Bailey chair for growing puppies. I thought about actually calling the makers of the Bailey chair and seeing what the best chair for her would be.

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    Her vet called me today to let me know that she had heard back from some specialists about which route they would take to treat Gigi. One specialist said he would surgically fix 3 out of the 4 things related to brachialsephalic syndrome. Then another specialist who is a surgeon, said no way, no surgery in her condition. The last Doctor, who does internal medicine, hasn't gotten back to her yet. So that went nowhere so far. She did say she is wondering if treatment of the megaesophagus is the key to curing the pneumonia, because she may be having micro-aspiration. She said that micro aspiration can occur even when they don't fully regurgitate. So I think she may be hopping on board with the Bailey chair now. Gigi hasn't regurgitated in 3 days. I think that's due to us feeding her elevated and holding her upright after meals. She has had more energy today, so that's a plus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni23 View Post
    Her vet called me today to let me know that she had heard back from some specialists about which route they would take to treat Gigi. One specialist said he would surgically fix 3 out of the 4 things related to brachialsephalic syndrome. Then another specialist who is a surgeon, said no way, no surgery in her condition. The last Doctor, who does internal medicine, hasn't gotten back to her yet. So that went nowhere so far. She did say she is wondering if treatment of the megaesophagus is the key to curing the pneumonia, because she may be having micro-aspiration. She said that micro aspiration can occur even when they don't fully regurgitate. So I think she may be hopping on board with the Bailey chair now. Gigi hasn't regurgitated in 3 days. I think that's due to us feeding her elevated and holding her upright after meals. She has had more energy today, so that's a plus!
    When visiting various websites about ME, know that you either need to really train 'leave it' or consider a muzzel whenever you are outside, Frith is a taster, and has to eat everything in site. We are getting better with the 'leave its' but muzzels may be in our future. Also, I posted a thread about training treats that should help. They require licking, so lessens the chance of aspiration.
    Fritthy

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    I am sending Prayers and Loads of Love and Kisses To Precious Georgia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni23 View Post
    So many of you who read my EBN introduction, know how I came to have Gigi. She was being treated for kennel cough with clavamox for 14 days. Well by day 10 on her meds there just wasn't enough improvement for me, so I called up our vet and she wanted me to bring her in right away for chest X-rays. We took her on Sat morning. She has a bad case of pneumonia in her right central lung lobe. She was put on an extended dose of clavamox, baytril, and some Pepcid. The X-rays also revealed a very narrow trachea and maybe megaesophagus. The vet thinks the megaesophagus could be due to the irritation from all the coughing she's been doing with the pneumonia, so she put her on Pepcid twice a day. She thinks it may clear up over time, especially since she's not throwing up food.

    Everything looked ok on her physical exam except her kneecaps are slightly loose, but they do not luxate.

    She goes back in 2 weeks for follow up X-rays. If she's clear, great, if not, more meds.

    I also found out that she had a sister at the pet store. They shared a cage and bowls and toys. When my brother went in, the sales person said the sister was quarantined because of a "runny nose". She has since passed away. I know it's not a good idea to ever buy from a pet store like my brother, but I can imagine if he hadn't, Gigi would have suffered the same fate.

    So has anyone dealt with any of the above issues? Thoughts, advice, tips??

    We are taking steamy showers with her in the bathroom and then firmly patting her right side where the pneumonia is, trying to help it break up.

    Thanks,
    Jenn and Gigi
    I found this a while back, and refound it again today--thought it might help
    http://vetneuromuscular.ucsd.edu/pub...Brochure-1.pdf
    Fritthy

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    Just wanted to make a small update. I think we may be getting somewhere finally. Gigi is still on all of her meds but the nebulizer seems to be making the most difference. She nebulizes three times a day with albuterol in her crate with towels draped over all the openings. We tried the mask, but it freaked her out a little too much, now she sleeps while getting her treatments. I think we might be making some headway with the food too. We tried to go completely wet like everyone suggested but that wasn't working, every time we would do that, she would get worse. So we are using a mixture of a really small bite kibble and canned food with some pumpkin. We feed her a teaspoon at a time, so she doesn't have to chew, and she eats standing up, with her front paws on my knees while I spoon feed her. Then I hold her in my lap for 20 minutes. I need to explore an inflatable collar for her, for when she sleeps at night, so it keeps her head elevated. I saw a recommended one on the Bailey chair website. Their website is wagtailfarms.com. Anyone ever used them? Or know someone who has? Let me know

    Ya know, three months ago I wasn't even in the market for another dog, let alone an English bulldog. I had never even considered one. Now that I've had her, and even after all of the difficulties, I can't imagine my house or life without her

    Jenn and Gigi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni23 View Post
    Just wanted to make a small update. I think we may be getting somewhere finally. Gigi is still on all of her meds but the nebulizer seems to be making the most difference. She nebulizes three times a day with albuterol in her crate with towels draped over all the openings. We tried the mask, but it freaked her out a little too much, now she sleeps while getting her treatments. I think we might be making some headway with the food too. We tried to go completely wet like everyone suggested but that wasn't working, every time we would do that, she would get worse. So we are using a mixture of a really small bite kibble and canned food with some pumpkin. We feed her a teaspoon at a time, so she doesn't have to chew, and she eats standing up, with her front paws on my knees while I spoon feed her. Then I hold her in my lap for 20 minutes. I need to explore an inflatable collar for her, for when she sleeps at night, so it keeps her head elevated. I saw a recommended one on the Bailey chair website. Their website is wagtailfarms.com. Anyone ever used them? Or know someone who has? Let me know

    Ya know, three months ago I wasn't even in the market for another dog, let alone an English bulldog. I had never even considered one. Now that I've had her, and even after all of the difficulties, I can't imagine my house or life without her
    great update..... bay steps but it is progress. great job by you and hubby, she will be well and causing havoc soon.

    Hugs to you all and sending prayers she continues to improve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni23 View Post
    Just wanted to make a small update. I think we may be getting somewhere finally. Gigi is still on all of her meds but the nebulizer seems to be making the most difference. She nebulizes three times a day with albuterol in her crate with towels draped over all the openings. We tried the mask, but it freaked her out a little too much, now she sleeps while getting her treatments. I think we might be making some headway with the food too. We tried to go completely wet like everyone suggested but that wasn't working, every time we would do that, she would get worse. So we are using a mixture of a really small bite kibble and canned food with some pumpkin. We feed her a teaspoon at a time, so she doesn't have to chew, and she eats standing up, with her front paws on my knees while I spoon feed her. Then I hold her in my lap for 20 minutes. I need to explore an inflatable collar for her, for when she sleeps at night, so it keeps her head elevated. I saw a recommended one on the Bailey chair website. Their website is wagtailfarms.com. Anyone ever used them? Or know someone who has? Let me know

    Ya know, three months ago I wasn't even in the market for another dog, let alone an English bulldog. I had never even considered one. Now that I've had her, and even after all of the difficulties, I can't imagine my house or life without her
    Good to hear things are working out. I hadn't thought of pumpkin, might have to add that. Positive thoughts and prayers your way.
    Fritthy

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