Eli is a very special pup.
This is Eli. Eli is a 7-month-old puppy from Idaho.
When Eli was younger his owner noticed that he wasn’t putting on weight as fast as the rest of his litter and that he seemed to struggle keeping food down. Eli was diagnosed with persistent right aortic arch, meaning he had a constricted esophagus, so food couldn’t pass through properly.
Faced with a tough decision, his owners handed him over to Ada Animal Hospital and veterinary assistant Savannah.
Savannah and Ada Animal Hospital crowdfunded Eli’s surgery, which was done at a reduced cost. It was a success, but the puppy still struggled with regurgitation problems due to muscles weakened by his previous condition. A second surgery was performed, but Savannah, now his owner, was worried about his quality of life.
After some research, the hospital discovered that there was a thing called a bailey chair – a sort of high chair for dogs – which would not only allow Eli to be fed, but might also actually improve his condition