Family Builds Special Chair for Dog who can’t Eat Normally

April Livingston | February 28th, 2018

Daisy the dog is very special for many reasons, but her diagnosis with a health condition makes her that much more special to the family that loves her so dearly. Not long ago she was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease that doctors believe led to megaesophagus. This means Daisy has an enlarged esophagus and it is difficult for her body to move food and water from her throat down to her stomach. When she was diagnosed, the veterinarian told her family that she would need to sit in what is known as a Baily Chair to eat all of her meals.

Grace Jones//Facebook
Grace Jones//Facebook

So, two of her family members, Doug and Brian Jones, got to work building their ten year old dog her special chair. It was important to make sure that Daisy was comfortable as she sat in the chair to eat her meals. The pair built the chair and she immediately loved it, sitting in the chair and pulling down the tray when it was time for dinner. The Jones family, who lives with Daisy in Nevada has had Daisy for over nine years and she is like a child to Grace and her husband, who have grown children who no longer live in their home.

Grace Jones//Facebook

More than anything, the family has been amazed how quickly Daisy has adapted to her new life. As a smart, food motivated dog, it took some time but eventually she got the hang of her new chair. When it is time to eat, she happily sits up in the chair and pulls down the tray so her food can be positioned correctly. Her diagnosis has not slowed her down, either. She loves to go hiking and camping with her family, though they take precautions to make sure she is safe, happy, and healthy.

Six months since her diagnosis and Daisy is doing very well. Never thought we would reach this point. She has had only one bout of AP when her antibodies reached normal levels the vet weaned her off medications and she had a relapse. She is so cooperative. I am grateful for the support and information I have gotten from this site. Thanks to all of you.

Posted by Grace Jones on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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