[ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: Looking for facts on Mega/x-raying

  • From: Windwalkergsds@xxxxxx
  • To: gsdhope@xxxxxxx, showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 15:36:17 EDT

In a message dated 7/16/2007 11:11:22 AM Mountain Daylight Time, 
gsdhope@xxxxxxx writes: 
> My question is....since 3 out of 5 puppies with ME showed no 
> symptoms....should we be x-raying for this as a routine?   I realize that at 
> some point we 
> have to draw the line on testing...or do we?
> 
> Good question, Hope.  I am boarding a GSD right now for a friend....he's 
> from a litter of 3:  Only one was regurgitating as a baby and was put down, 
> but 
> his owner had all 3 x-rayed and the barium confirmed that all three had mega. 
>  Now...this dog I am boarding has never shown one single clinical sign and 
> is a big, handsome, robust boy.  I understand that the remaining littermate 
> is 
> also free of symptoms.  (Neither will be used for breeding; the 
> breeder/owner is VERY conscientious.)
>    So obviously there are degrees of megaesophagus....I wish some 
> scientific-vet-genius-type person would figure this out.  Over the years, I 
> wonder how 
> many dogs we have unwittingly bred to and from, thinking if there were no 
> signs they must be OK. 
    I'm hoping this boarding dog will be rexrayed to see if there has been 
improvement since babyhood.  Wouldn't it be interesting to find out if they can 
actually outgrow it in mild cases?
    Jamie 

  


   


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