Puppy with eating disorder needs new home

The Scottish SPCA is seeking a special home for a puppy with a rare condition which means he cannot digest food normally.

Bailley, a four month old dachshund cross cocker spaniel, was born with megaesophagus, an abnormal enlargement of the esophagus resulting in food not entering the stomach.

He has to maintain a special eating and drinking routine so he can keep his food and liquid down, otherwise he is at risk of developing aspiration pneumonia.

Staff at the charity’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Drumoak believe Bailley will lead a happy life with an owner who can give him the care he needs.

Centre Assistant Manager Debbie Innes said, “Bailley arrived in our care as his owner could no longer look after him.

“Despite having a tough start in life he’s full of love and brings a smile to everyone’s face.

“His condition is manageable although any new owner should be aware of the time and commitment required to ensure he digests his food and drink properly.

“Feeding time is rather unique as he has to stand on a stool to reach his special dish so he is in an upright position.

“After he’s finished, Bailley also has to be held upright for ten to fifteen minutes to ensure his food and drink passes into his intestine.

“As long as this is being done, he can lead a normal and happy life and will bring so much joy to his new owner.

“We really hope we can find that special person who will give Bailley the loving forever home he longs for.”

Anyone interested in offering Bailley a home can visit our Aberdeenshire Centre or call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.