Jax came to NBRAN from a shelter in West Virginia in early November where he was surrendered by his owner because he was simply too much energy for their family and young child.
Once Jax arrived at his Foster Home in Pennsylvania, his Foster Mama quickly noticed a cough that would not go away. A trip to the veterinarian later, Jax was diagnosed with PRAA, otherwise known as Canine Megaesophagus. (Those who followed Ollie’s journey knows all about it!)
Long story short, Canine Megaesophagus requires dogs with this condition to sit upright in a chair while eating, and for roughly 30 minutes after, to allow for food to process correctly though the esophagus (we included a link below so you can learn more).
Although there is a surgical option to help treat this condition, the veterinarian advised that while Jax is a candidate, his condition at this point is actually not severe enough to truly recommend putting him through such a high-risk surgery when a simple feeding adjustments will give him what he needs to eat properly and live a long, happy life.
Jax’s Foster Mama, Julie, is a very handy and crafty person, and built Jax his very own Bailey Chair so that he can eat in the up-right position required to stay healthy, and be comfortable.
Through all of the changes and challenges, Jax remains a very happy and energetic boy. NBRAN had an extremely committed Foster Home that was able to find an equally committed Forever Home for Jax this holiday season!
Your contributions to the Capital Campaign each years helps NBRAN rescue more Brittanys like Jax throughout each year.
If you are interested in supporting NBRAN with a tax-deductible donation prior to the end of the year, you can donate in the following ways:
- Via our Online Shop and donate to our Capital Campaign
- Via our PayPal Account
- Mail a Check made out to National Brittany Rescue & Adoption Network, PO Box 5046, Greensburg, PA 15601-5058
For more information on Jax's condition, we suggest visiting the Canine Megaesophagus website.