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Regurgitation leads to unexpected PRAA/ME diagnosis in Golden

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Four Months Later: Watch a video of MJ’s progress.

When 2-year-old MJ started having increased regurgitation problems after eating, his pet-parents knew something was not quite right. Thankfully, they kept asking the right questions to the right veterinarians and they were directed to Specialized Veterinary Services for a consultation with a specialist.

The following is MJ’s story as told by his parents, Mary and Bill:

We are so grateful to Dr. Jason Eisele and his professional, compassionate staff at SVS. We are ‘snowbirds’ from Windsor, Ontario, and our two Golden Retrievers, Chrissy & MJ, are the loves of our lives.

MJ is the ‘little brother’, almost two years old now, and from the time we got him at 8 weeks, he experienced periodic regurgitation.

We trusted our breeder as she told us to “just keep feeding him until he gets full”. She couldn’t have been more wrong!

On Feb. 21, 2018, we took MJ to a local vet in Fort Myers who did an X-ray on MJ. We were concerned about his increased regurgitation doing possible damage to his esophagus, and the resulting weight loss. Unfortunately, the news was much worse than we expected. He was diagnosed with PRAA (persistent right aortic arch), resulting in ME (megaesophagus). This condition is not commonly seen, especially in Golden Retrievers. The local vet had seen it only once before in 24 years. The local vet said we would need to see a specialist, so through our tears and shock of this diagnosis, we chose SVS as it was closest to us.

The following day, Dr. Tollett performed a CT scan on an emergency basis, confirming the diagnosis. From the time we entered the front doors of SVS, the staff was so understanding of our fears and our anxiety over this unexpected diagnosis. Dr. Tollet called us right after MJ’s scan letting us know how he was and said that she would consult with Dr. Eisele upon his return to the office on Monday.

Dr. Tollett called us early Tuesday morning letting us know that Dr. Eisele could operate on MJ in two days! We were beyond thrilled, knowing our little MJ would hopefully feel much better after surgery. Dr. Eisele removed a fibrous ligament that was restricting his esophagus, thus creating a ‘pocket’ where his food and water would sit until it was regurgitated. All our questions were clearly and honestly answered, which helped ease our guilt in waiting so long and reassuring us they would take good care of MJ.

On March 1st, MJ underwent successful surgery and received compassionate care for this anxious pup during his three-night hospitalization stay. The morning after we returned home with MJ, Dr. Eisele himself called to find out how MJ was doing. On March 14th, MJ had his staples removed and had gained 3 pounds in just two weeks post op! We are beyond thrilled with the results, the doctors’ and staff’s kindness, understanding, compassion and follow up. When MJ was in the hospital, we called a couple times a day to see how he was doing and each time the staff was so positive and reassuring. And they encouraged us to visit him while in hospital, which we did.

I would very highly recommend SVS to anyone who needs a veterinary specialist. Your pet will be in very good hands and you won’t be disappointed. The entire team went above and beyond our expectations in service and care.