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we were blessed with a gorgeous baby Yorkie Poo on Thanksgiving weekend, he was born 9-26-2012 and his name is Peanut. We knew when we adopted that something was wrong and after many vet visits and testing we know our baby has severe hydrocephalus. If you met our baby P today, you wouldn't know anything was wrong, just that his eyes are not quite right... he acts and plays- walks and reacts like any normal puppy does. We took him to U of F to one of the leading Neurologist in the country... unfortunately a shunt is not an option as he only developed about 5% of his frontal lobe- the rest is fluid- so shunting could be fatal.

now that you know our background--- we have been on lasix and prednisone for about a month and have recently added prilosec, "peanuts hydrocephalus treatment" (seriously that's the name) herbal, and Epipmidium powder another herbal. Baby P has had some behavior changes that we believe are"roid rages" along with a few others. We are trying to modify his medications to find the best efficacy with the minimal side effects.... wondering if anyone has experience dealing with dogs/puppies with this condition. We have discussed this with our vet, and they all 3 agree that modifying the meds should be tried to see if the changes are related to they condition or the meds-- we are just looking for input from parents who have lived this experience and know what it's like and can offer some input.
it's hard coping-- knowing we won't have him as long as most people are blessed with their babies, but we want to enjoy and love him EVERY day and give him the absolute best care we can provide!!
Thank you- Shannon and Peanut
 

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Re: Hydrocephalus management

Our battle with hydrocephalus continues... still reaching out to anyone who is going through the same. Our Baby P's condition has changed.... disassociation is the norm with all family members with the exception of me... he does dissassociate, but NOT NEARLY as much. He runs when we try to pick him up, but once you pick him up, he will calm down and seems to remember the love in our arms.

I have recently noticed that in so many ways his symptoms resemble those of Alzheimers... it's like he has forgotten who we are... he's familiar, but not quite sure.
I believe the Prilosec has helped him... his appetite is up again, thank god he was barely eating...
We will continue to battle and refuse to give in to his condition as long as we see that he is pain free and has a good quality of life... it is so heart breaking though.... the baby you love SO VERY MUCH, not even sure he knows who you are....
shannon and baby p
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we were blessed with a gorgeous baby Yorkie Poo on Thanksgiving weekend, he was born 9-26-2012 and his name is Peanut. We knew when we adopted that something was wrong and after many vet visits and testing we know our baby has severe hydrocephalus. If you met our baby P today, you wouldn't know anything was wrong, just that his eyes are not quite right... he acts and plays- walks and reacts like any normal puppy does. We took him to U of F to one of the leading Neurologist in the country... unfortunately a shunt is not an option as he only developed about 5% of his frontal lobe- the rest is fluid- so shunting could be fatal.

now that you know our background--- we have been on lasix and prednisone for about a month and have recently added prilosec, "peanuts hydrocephalus treatment" (seriously that's the name) herbal, and Epipmidium powder another herbal. Baby P has had some behavior changes that we believe are"roid rages" along with a few others. We are trying to modify his medications to find the best efficacy with the minimal side effects.... wondering if anyone has experience dealing with dogs/puppies with this condition. We have discussed this with our vet, and they all 3 agree that modifying the meds should be tried to see if the changes are related to they condition or the meds-- we are just looking for input from parents who have lived this experience and know what it's like and can offer some input.
it's hard coping-- knowing we won't have him as long as most people are blessed with their babies, but we want to enjoy and love him EVERY day and give him the absolute best care we can provide!!
Thank you- Shannon and Peanut
 
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