My son has a puppy that is about 6 weeks old, He picked it out right after birth. This puppy was the bully of the pack. suddenly he has been shaking and cant walk with his front paws. The vet said he had cerebellar hypoplasia. Its just hard to believe that this puppy that was the bully has become so pitiful. Does anyone have any advice what should be done with this pup. I feel that we probably should put him down, hes only about 7-8 weeks old and can hardly walk. Please respond with suggestions, i just cant see how this pup can have a good life.Thanks
Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a congenital defect that occurs when the cerebellum is not completely formed upon whelp. I'm sure you know this much from consultations with your Veterinarian. Generally the condition will not get worse as the puppy ages but it also will not get better. You may notice that symptoms (tremors, uncoordinated motion) worsens when the puppy is excited and then will subside when the puppy calms down. Perhaps as close an analogy as I can offer is a child with Cerebral Palsy.
Unless you have been advised of other mitigating conditions, your puppy with proper care and attention should live a normal lifespan and should even learn how to compensate for some of the disability. However, Breeding or showing is definitely out.
The choice you have to make is if this is an issue you want to live with or if this is a situation that warrants that you return your puppy to the breeder for an exchange or refund. An ethical breeder should accept the return of the puppy for exchange or refund. There is no question that this is a congenital defect.
Best of luck to you.
P.S. I would not euthanize a puppy solely because he has this condition. I would try to find an adoptive home for him. Some people would consider this a challenge and a "basket case" worthy of saving.
***Edited By: DeputyDog on 10/30/2009 3:53:56 PM*** Reason: Added info
I didn't notice how old this email was but I just wanted to comment that we have a puppy here (not our breeding) that has also been diagnosed with this. There is no way we would put him down because of this (but still waiting on a few more test results to completely verify the prognosis). He will stay here as long as needed while looking for a home that will be willing to take on a special needs puppy. Yes they usually can learn to adapt and live a nice long life.