Butch was rescued from the Apache Junction Shelter by M.A.I.N. with a condition called Megaesophagus.
Megaesophagus, is when the esophagus lacks the ability to push food down into the stomach; this means food won’t get past a certain point, causing vomiting. Butch is extremely emaciated from his condition and weighs just 19.7 pounds. He is such a sweet boy and was found dumped on the road. We want to give him every chance possible at a normal and happy life!
Butch was officially adopted by his foster family! CONGRATS Butch!
From Butch’s foster mom, Jan. 15th: He’s doing great! He is keeping all of his food down, and lovin’ life! He even puts himself in the cooler when he sees me make his food. He’s really adjusted to living in a house, and now that we have a good routine, he’s not so high maintenance anymore. He is such a funny, quirky little guy!
Update Dec. 29th: Butch weighed in today at 27.4 pounds; that’s a 7.4 pound weight gain!!
Update from Butch’s foster, Dec. 14th: Butch has definitely gained more weight! You can’t see his hip bones or his ribs anymore. He is doing great with his feedings. Once we switched to two feedings a day, he doesn’t throw up at all. I think we are starting to figure out what works best for him. I’m amazed at how well he is coming along. I love this little guy so much!
Medical Update, Dec. 2nd: We are happy to report Butch’s vomiting after feedings has decreased and he has gained FIVE big pounds; he now weighs in at a total of 25 pounds!
Update from Butch’s foster mom: Butch is the cutest little toy hoarder I’ve ever seen! He was a wild child the first couple days, but today he has really mellowed out. He’s even learning some basic manners… he is really smart! He also taught himself how to get out of his chair for feeding; he can get out faster than I can get him in! The little guy has stolen my heart!
Update on Butch, Nov. 5th: Upon further review of his County Xrays, the vets at Bethany Animal Hospital do NOT believe there is an anomaly growing off Butch’s heart- in fact, all his vessels are normal, meaning that there is no surgery to do as initially thought when he was pulled. We DO know that Butch has a condition called Megoesophagus; basically, his esophagus is enlarged and lacking the symmetrical contraction and relaxation of the muscle that moves the food down the esophagus…causing Butch to vomit up his food after eating. We are actively seeking the best plan of care for Butch. We are working on construction of a Bailey Chair and volunteers have been taking shifts to feed Butch three to four times a day a special nutritional, high calorie mixture of food. Butch is held in a vertical position for 30-45 minutes after feeding to help reduce vomiting. In the meantime, Butch doesn’t know he’s sick, so don’t tell him! He is curious, spunky and full of life and love! We will keep you all updated on his progress!
Kristen had the chance to film Butch’s feeding from beginning to end, so that everyone can see how this kid has his meals.
Butch stopped by for a special photo shoot at Don’s with his Bailey Chair! This guy is SO photogenic and so much fun. Check him out!
We love photographing Butch! Enjoy these pictures from our holiday phoot shoot- this guy is SO much fun and such a character!
Enjoy these photos from Butch’s journey with M.A.I.N. You can see how far he’s come- from just 19 pounds when he was rescued to a current healthy weight of 32 pounds!
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