also the water on the brain could come from a hit to the head- not always but can- if your pup was rambuncus and hit their head hard then it can and would cause damage. abby- i aggree with you in a way and i also have a place for a parent to sign if under 18
The main thing is most vets don't do MRI's on puppies or dogs at all let alone before they are shipped.
So how would the breeder or the vet know there was brain damage before the puppy left if there were no signs.
You said your self that your vet had checked the puppy out and I'm assuming found nothing wrong with the puppy.
Then on the 4th day you discovered the problem.
I wouldn't say the breeder sold you a sick dog on purpose it was an unfortunate thing that you got a puppy with this problem.
Plus you had the puppy for 4 days and like Msboxers said it could have happened well the puppy was in your care or maybe there was turbalance on the plane and the puppy hit is head hard against the crate.
The breeders is doing the right thing of offering you another puppy as to her guarentee. You are the one that is now trying to breech the agreement.
As for the comment about you being a troll. Under the sign in name it does say that this was mbaerg2 first and only post. So if your mother was a member before she must not have posted anywere yet. So it was an easy mistake.
you know you dont have to buy one that makes me sick you cant just go to a pound where when you dont get one they kill but instead you have to go althe way to ca looking for one you make me sickand i am very sad about the puppy
***Edited By: snoopy83 on 7/5/2005 2:23:14 PM*** Reason: i aint finished
Snoopy, sometimes people want dogs that are rarely found at the humane society. OFten times for example, small dogs like yorkshire terriers, toy poodles, and shih tzus are harder to find at local animal shelters. As people are ideally making a lifetime investment when they get a dog, whether it be from a humane society or a breeder, rescues aren't for everyone.
In addition, if the person getting the dog is interested in doing dog events, specifically conformation, the dog *cannot* be altered, which automatically makes a rescue inappropriate. The vast majority of good shelters or rescues alters every dog that comes through their doors. Other times, like if I were an avid hunter, I'd want a dog from proven hunting lines, not a random dog that could be adopted from teh humane society.
Now that said, I do have a humane society adopted dog, and I love him very much. But I also have a labrador retriever that I bought from a breeder, that I plan on showing in conformation, will probably do obedience with and possibly even hunting.
Finally, if you get a dog from a good breeder, the dog will come with a guarantee against certain types of illness and genetic defects. No humane society is going to be able to guarantee that if I got a labrador retriever from them, he will not get hip dysplasia, nor will they help me pay for surgery if it's required, or give me my money back as reimbursement.
Humane society dogs are wonderful.. but they are not for everyone.
With hydrocephalus there is an abnormal build-up of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in cavities ( the ventricles) in the brain. The resulting increased pressure on the brain causes the clinical signs that occur with this condition.
Hydrocephalus can be primary (congenital ) - the animal is born with the condition, or secondary - the condition is acquired later in life due to some disease process that blocks normal drainage of the CSF. The primary form, discussed here, is seen most often in brachycephalic (dogs with a shortened head) and toy breeds.
How is hydrocephalus inherited?
The mode of inheritance is unknown, but there is a predisposition to this condition in the breeds listed below.
For many breeds and many disorders, the studies to determine the mode of inheritance or the frequency in the breed have not been carried out, or are inconclusive. We have listed breeds for which there is a consensus among those investigating in this field and among veterinary practitioners, that the condition is significant in this breed.
What does hydrocephalus mean to your dog & you?
Puppies with severe hydrocephalus often die at a very early age due to pressure from the increased fluid in the brain. In other less severely affected pups, the signs gradually become apparent over the first few months of life, and in some mild cases the condition is only diagnosed later in life.
The types of signs seen with this condition include unthriftiness (smaller than littermates, slow to grow), a domed skull (which gradually becomes more pronounced), abnormal movement behaviours (restlessness, aimless walking), problems with vision, and seizures. These pups are very slow to learn - it may be extremely difficult to housetrain them for example.
Generally the signs gradually worsen, although by 2 years of age they may stabilize. To minimize brain damage, the condition must be recognized and appropriate treatment begun early. However, affected animals will likely always be slow and have a limited ability to learn.
How is hydrocephalus diagnosed?
Hydrocephalus can be difficult to diagnose. Your veterinarian will consider the combination of physical, behavioural and neurological abnormalities in your dog. The diagnosis can be confirmed by MRI or CT scanning, or by ultrasonography in some cases.
For the veterinarian: Ultrasonography can be performed through an open fontanelle to confirm ventricular enlargement. An open fontanelle is not diagnostic per se of hydrocephalus, as it may occur in a normal healthy dog.
Some hydrocephalic dogs have a bilateral divergent strabismus ("setting sun sign").
How is hydrocephalus treated?
Corticosteroids are used, and then gradually tapered off, with the aim of lowering the amount of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Your veterinarian may also prescribe short-term diuretics with the same goal. Treatment often needs to be repeated, although some dogs will stabilize by about 2 years of age. Affected dogs are susceptible to other medical problems and may have a poor tolerance to various drugs.
Phenobarbital may be required in dogs that experience seizures.
A sophisticated procedure that may be of some benefit in severe cases of hydrocephalus is surgical placement of a permanent shunt to drain the fluid. Your veterinarian will refer you to a specialist if you wish to to consider this option.
Depending on the severity of the clinical signs, and recognizing the ongoing medical problems these dogs may face, your veterinarian will likely discuss with you humane euthanasia as another option for your pup.
Affected animals should not be bred. Even though little is known about the heritability of this condition, it is also preferable to avoid breeding dogs who are unaffected but have a familial history of hydrocephalus.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS DISORDER, PLEASE SEE YOUR VETERINARIAN.
Ackerman, L. 1999. The Genetic Condition: A Guide to Health Problems in Purebred Dogs. pp 135-136. AAHA Press. Lakewood, Colorado.