What is Canine Megaesophagus? Megaesophagus is an enlarged or stretched esophagus (tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). A normal esophagus moves food to the stomach with wave-like contractions called peristalsis. An ME dog's esophagus loses its muscle tone, becomes enlarged, and can develop pockets where food can become trapped. Since the esophagus does not function normally, food sits in the esophagus and doesn't make its way to the stomach. This can cause malnutrition and regurgitation of vast amounts of undigested materials. With upright feedings and nutritional modifications, an ME dog can live a normal life.
The UCB has been working very hard since its inception in October of 2012.
> We printed and sent out over a thousand brochures on Canine Megaesophagus and Canine Myasthenia Gravis to pet owners.They have distributed these brochures to their vets, groomers, shelters, rescues and pet events all over the USA, Canada and overseas.
> We have an active facebook page for support and spreading awareness. https://www.facebook.com/groups/uprightcaninebrigade/
> We have an on-line store to buy MegaE related items like t-shirts, mugs, buttons and much more... www.zazzle.com/3iggies
> We have and active website caninemegaesophagusinfo.com for educational and support purposes.
> The UCB staff made a presentation in the exhibit hall at the largest veterinary conference in America, the ACVIM.
Thanks to your help, the Upright Canine Brigade Inc. is now a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization EIN# 47-3892674
Our future endeavors:
> Starting a fund to help those in need with Megaesophagus dogs.
> Suppling rescues with necessary management tools, such as Bailey chairs, neck hugs, etc.
> Contributing to on going and future research. * 2016 Calendar sales proceeds will go towards research projects!
> Sponsoring speakers and events to further the education of Canine Megaesophagus.
Together, we can make a difference. One day every dog owner and care giver will know about ME, the signs and symptoms, how to diagnose and treat. Most importantly, they will know that Canine Megaesophagus is NOT a DEATH Sentence!
It does take a village and that is why we are asking for your help. Any amount that you can donate is very much appreciated and tax deductible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
7/22/15 ***** UPDATE ***** The Upright Canine Brigade Inc. is now an official 501 (c)(3) organization. EIN 47-3892674
7/29/15 ***** Buy a print from this link at Society6. All proceeds go to UCB: https://society6.com/loveamegaepuptoday
8/20/15 **** More ways to help Amazon Smile will give the UCB a donation with every Amazon order:
10/01/15 **** Chewy.com will give the UCB $20 for each new referral using this link: http://www.chewy.com/rp/3126 ****
10/01/15 **** When you buy a neck hug from Wagtail farms, choose Upright Canine Brigade and Wagtail will give the UCB 10% of sales plus give you a 5% discount! http://www.wagtailfarms.com/hahohu.html
11/20/15 **** 2016 UCB Calendars are now on sale. Proceeds go towards Megaesophagus Research. Cost of Calendars are $20. Make a donation here and email your address to: [email protected]
12/15/15**** All 2016 UCB Calendars sold out! We raised $830 towards research!
03/10/16**** The UCB sent 100 brochures to the famous Crufts Dog Show in the UK!
04/10/16**** The UCB has secured a table (#9) at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine held in Denver this June! We will network with vets from all over the world!
06/9/16 and 06/10/16 **** The UCB exhibited at the ACVIM in Denver. Met with vets, vets techs and nurses from all over. Held a live demonstration with the lovely Annie, our bailey chair model! We distributed brochures, posters and other information pertaining to ME.
08/10/16 **** The UCB has secured a spot to exhibit at the 2017 ACVIM Forum in National Harbor, MD
08/10/16 **** The UCB develops a client poster for vets offices explaining the difference between regurgitation and vomiting. One of the leading problems with getting a fast diagnosis. Our UCB members have been distributing these posters to their vets offices all over the world.
09/20/16 **** The UCB received an acknowledgement of thanks from Washington State University Foundation for directing a gift to the Small Animal Development Fund in honor of Dr. Jillian Haines.
09/24/16 **** The UCB exhibited at Woofstock in Voorhees, NJ, The HOTC Dog fair in Huntsville, AL and Dachtoberfest in Frederick, MD (10/1/16)
09/27/16 & 09/28/16 **** The UCB supplies brochures on Myasthenia Gravis and Megaesophagus for Penn 116th Annual Conference. We also donated a framed poster to be displayed at the hospital!
10/4/16 **** 2017 Calendar for Research fundraiser begins! All proceeds will go towards a ME research project.
02/09/17 **** 2017 Calendar were a huge success! We sold all 100 calendars and earned 2,169.15 to donate towards a research project (TBD) Stay tuned for a big announcement coming soon!
02/09/17 **** UCB will be exhibiting at the ACVIM Forum in Maryland this year June 8th and 9th (2017) It is our honor to speak to vets from around the world about megaesophagus! This is our 3rd consecutive year attending this great event.
02/09/17 **** UCB will be exhibiting at Penn Annual Conference Sept 27 and Sept 28, 2017! We are excited to be a part of this educational event!
05/2017 **** UCB donated 2,170.00 from our 2017 Calendars for Research Fund to the University of Missouri for their Study of Megaesophagus... read more about this study here! http://cvm.missouri.edu/News/CanineMegaesophagus2016.html
06/2017 **** UCB exhibited at the ACVIM Forum where we met with hundreds of vets from around the globe! Held live feeding demo, passed out hundreds of brochures and posters on Megaesophagus and Myasthenia Gravis.
06/2017 **** UCB holds 2018 Calendars for Research Fund contest on facebook page. Hundreds of entrees and hundreds of shares!
06/2017 **** UCB announces future exhibits... VAONJ Woofstock 2017, Voorhees NJ ... Penn Annual Conference in Wilmington DE,... HOTC Huntsville, AL, ...Dachtoberfest 2017, Frederick, MD ....
08/2017 **** Calendar contest was a huge success. We had over 200 dogs and kitties enter this year and over 300 shares of the post! More awareness = More Lives Saved! Calendars will be ready in September for purchase! Stay tuned....
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