Carlton was surrendered to the Loudson County Animal Shelter in Leesburg, Virginia as a 3-lb puppy. The shelter immediately knew that something was wrong. Carlton was thin and after multiple attempts to feed him, he was unable to keep food down. Once the shelter realized Carlton required more medical care than they could provide, they asked Compact Canine for help.
Carlton was immediately taken to an emergency vet to determine the cause of his chronic regurgitation. He underwent a series of x-rays and ultrasounds which found abnormalities in his esophagus. A live x-ray, called a fluoroscopy, revealed that Carlton has a defect called achalasia. This causes the muscle at the bottom of his esophagus to remain too tight and doesn’t allow food to pass to the stomach. If left untreated, achalasia can result in malnutrition, aspiration pneumonia, and severe dehydration.
Carlton requires immediate surgery so he can live a long and happy live, without complications with eating. He is a very happy and playful guy who doesn’t let his medical issues get in the way.