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new pup coming with hydrocephalus

September 28th, 2006, 03:12 PM
Hi, I am a brand new member, I have two new chi pups coming this November, one has hydrocephalus and is being treated for it with meds right now, and doing quite well. What I am wondering is if anyone knows about a neurosurgeon in Calgary Alberta who can perform the shunt operation he may need later and how I can contact them, and is this an expensive operation, has anyone had animal that has had this? Any info that I could get would be so greatly appreciated, I have found many resources on the computer but would like to speak directly with a specialist and with someone who may have been through this before. I want to be as knowledgeable as I can beofre he arrives so I know a lot of what to expect. I live in a smalltown and there is no specialists around the closest would probably be Calgary.:fingerscr

September 28th, 2006, 05:58 PM
Welcome to the form.

I honestly can't believe that this breeder is actually selling this pup to you.I'm sorry but I know of no reputable breeder that would ever sell a sick pup.They would actually keep the pup themselves.

Have you checked out this site.

September 29th, 2006, 11:55 AM
I agree with Mona that breeder should not be selling you this poor pup. My experience with pet neuros is of a different nature, but I can assure you, it will be very expensive. The procedure itself is expensive, but so are the X-Rays that will be taken.

September 30th, 2006, 11:02 AM
Sorry, I should have explained that this wonderful woman is giving me this little guy but selling me his sister who is healthy, I volunteered to care for him as he needs someone home with him all the time and with no kids or big dogs around. This is a lovely woman who was going to keep him until I offered to care for him.:sorry:

Angies Man
September 30th, 2006, 06:54 PM
To quote Kipling: You're a better man than I, Gunga Din

This dog is going to be a very expensive and patience testing project. With what quality of life and life expectancy? Better to put the time and patience into the other dog and save the money (or better yet, donate it to a rescue shelter.)

Don't get mad, but I'd pass on this one. :sorry:

September 30th, 2006, 07:11 PM
Welcome to the board, cute pic.

I have no experience with hydrocephalus, so I will not comment. Only that it takes a lot of courage to take on a project that will surely end with sadness.

Good luck, can't wait to see the pics when they arrive.:)

September 30th, 2006, 08:29 PM
Obviously you are aware of what you are getting into and have not been misled by the breeder, and have agreed to take this little guy in willingly, it takes a big heart to take in a special needs dog :grouphug:

My suggestion is to first talk to your vet he or she may know of someone, if not try contacting a representative of the AVMA(Alberta Veterinary Medical Association) either they know of someone or can direct you to a source that would know


Another source University of Calgary, they just started a veterinary school this September so may have some resources for you

October 1st, 2006, 10:15 PM
Thanks for the people who understand, I have always loved the special needs dogs or any animals, they need extra love and attention, I will follow your advice and thank you, I will still be having him in my home, he will be well cared for as long as he is here!

October 1st, 2006, 10:19 PM
by the way angies man, I have lots of money and I donate to lots of shelters so the money is not the problem, yes he will require lots of time and patience but his little kisses will be worth every effort! To everyone else I will be more than happy to post his pictures as he grows, thanks

October 1st, 2006, 10:25 PM
Better to have loved and lost, IMO.

This guy might have a short life, but that doesn't mean he should be loved any less. He needs to live life to the fullest and you seem like the perfect person to help him do so.

Good luck.:)

October 3rd, 2006, 02:16 PM
Thanks Prin, I really feel like he's supposed to be with me for however long and he'll have his healthy sister to be a great comfort to him too

October 3rd, 2006, 04:05 PM
Kimglenwood,I agree,you are a wonderful person for doing this and yes,the little guy deserves a chance at life,however short.
If money is not an issue,he might even recover and become one healthy little pup,who knows??
I obviously know nothing about this disease,but with you by his side,at least he has a chance and I am sure they'll both be loved to bits:love:

October 3rd, 2006, 07:01 PM
Thanks so much chico2 for the wonderful sentiment, all of you have made me feel so great about this new task in my life although I always knew he'd help me more then I help him, he's such a wonderful boy and the countdown is on to get his sister and him here, I honestly cannot wait. I anyone does have any experience with this disease please also let me know. I know that they can actually stabilize with proper care and meds at two if they are not too far gone in the beginning so lets hope, as he is doing so well on his meds now there could be a great chance for this little guy to have a great life and long too!!

October 3rd, 2006, 07:14 PM
How long do we have to wait until they arrive?

October 3rd, 2006, 09:37 PM
we are picking them up sometime between October 20 and November 3 when they are eating solids and have a good or decent weight, they are quite little as of yet only a little over half a pound and 3/4 of a pound, they should be two pounds fully grown for the little girl and three to four pounds for my little man, when I get more pics I will post them! Thanks for asking I am so excited! I just recently lost two of my beloved friends due to old age and still have a pomeranian at home that is also special needs but a loving and wonderful girl who is only three and will love some younger animals to play with.:fingerscr

October 3rd, 2006, 09:58 PM
We'll be waiting with you.:) :highfive:

October 4th, 2006, 06:20 AM
On the weekend I was flipping channels and came across the "ugliest dog" contest. One of the little dogs had hydrocephalus and was in the competition. I don't remember his age but I think he was around 8 years old. His owners went to a breeders to buy another pup and saw this little guy who was going to be euthanized. They decided like you that they wanted him and have not regretted their decision. They love this little guy and carry him around because he does have trouble walking. He walked with an odd gait and had few or no teeth but that was all I remember. He did have a shunt as well.
Good luck with this little guy. Although I don't know if I could do what you are doing, I understand completely. I foster dogs and after having them in my home for weeks and sometimes months people wonder how I am able to give them up. While not all people can do this, I can. Fostering is how I give back to society. You are taking a pup that may not have a chance and are giving him one. I say, good for you. :angel:

October 4th, 2006, 02:26 PM
Thanks again to everyone who posted, I set up a petpage here for Beau and Bella for everyone to see their pics as I receive them, there is a nice one on there now of both of them, Beau is on the right and his sister Bella is on the left! . When they get here I will keep posting and throw in a picture of their beautiful big sister Chica as well! Thanks again for you interest, I love to share my excitement of their arrival!

October 4th, 2006, 03:10 PM
I totally missed this thread somehow. I just wanted to say what an angel you are for giving this special needs boy a forever home. :angel:

I look forward to all your pics and future updates.

October 4th, 2006, 04:29 PM
Thanks Rainbow how nice of you to say that!

October 8th, 2006, 11:01 AM

I salute you! Only if there were more people like you in this world, it would be a much better one.

I was recently offered a special needs pup when I got my newest pup from the breeder. He was a tripod. And his health would not be an issue. My heart really wanted to take him. But my brain said, you can't afford it, you already have 3 dogs to take care of, you'll have no time to give them, etc. I feel bad to this day for my decision, although I know my decision was made on reason and logic.

I would like to thank you for taking this enormous task. Hydrocephalus is serious and I pray for you and your little man all the way! Thanks again.

October 8th, 2006, 11:51 AM
Thanks peanutbutter, your situation is more then understandable, I am so lucky in that money is not and issue and since I have no children these dogs are my life, I get to stay home with them and take care of them, and my home, while my husband works, I feel since I am so blessed in life I should give back and this is my chance to help another living being and it will bring such joy to me, his personality is much bigger then life LOL.Everyone here is so wonderful and supportive, now I know the place I will go when or if I am having a hard time with him, but he is doing so well so far, unfortunately his sister has developed some health issues as well, she has a movable back left patella, but is also handing it well and it is perfectly correctable with surgery only she is so very tiny, only 3/4 pund at eight weeks surgery could be harder on her, I am lucky to have a great vet quite near me and I am sure when I get them on the 20th all will be just fine. Thanks again to everyone and I will be posting pics on this thread as soon as I get them settled in!!!

October 11th, 2006, 12:22 PM
Please check out Beaus petsite here, theres a new picture of this curious little guy on there that is so cute, his sisters Bella and Chica have their own sites too!

October 11th, 2006, 02:15 PM
Very cute petsites!:)

In case other people can't find them, they're here:

October 11th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Thank's Prin,I was not sure where to look,they are adorable little guys for sure.:love:

October 11th, 2006, 06:30 PM
Oh thank you so much you guys, I cannot wait to have them with me, only ten days to go, the countdown is on, they come home the 22 of October for sure. I will post more pics as they get bigger!

October 12th, 2006, 12:30 PM
They are adorable. :angel: No wonder you can hardly wait to get them home. :cloud9:

October 12th, 2006, 06:48 PM
Thanks rainbow for such kind words