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Old 12-19-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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I am so scared to have a repeat of what happened with my german shepherd I lost in Feb. He was my world, at 3 years old he started having seizures, so it started with the expensive medications twice a day, never missed a dose, never was late, then he developed pannus which slowly takes their eye sight, the drops cost me another 230 a month on top of 197 a mo for medication, then came the special diet, 10 lbs bag ran 30 dollars every 2 weeks, and the canned food another 5 dollars a day. I never stayed away over night, no vacations, if he had a seizure I would not leave him alone the rest of that day, quit my job because the thought of him having a seizure and being home alone killed me. I did this for 3 years, the vet visits for blood work cost close to 500 for med levels every 3 months. then on Feb 22 i was awaken with him in a grand maul seizure, I did the medication protocol like every other time he had a break through, but that day nothing worked, he had 12 seizures in one day, I had to find a mobile vet to come out on short notice on a Sunday, I was not going to take him to a place that scared him and have him put down on a cold metal table, so they came here and relived his suffering, he was shy 2 months of being 6 years old. That was the hardest thing I ever had to do, and I was going to get another shepherd, but couldnt, I was afraid I would compare him to Chance and that wouldnt be fair. So after 10 months I decided to get a small dog that I could spoil and take everywhere with me. Im scared to death now that I may have to go through yet another round of heart break. Its not fair, and the reason I landed up with 2 yorkies is my husband wanted one of his own, the so called micro is mine, the ball less wonder with the honking cough is his, but of course who is the one caring for the dogs? ME, I can not handle another heart break, and now Im afraid to get attached fearing I may have to give one or both up for health reasons. Yeah I could deal with whatever comes my way, but right now that is asking way to much of me, Im not over losing Chance, so here I am worried about what I will find out Monday, and they only give you 2 days to get to a vet and if something is wrong they will pick and replace the sick puppy. There is a no refund at all for any reason, so I already know if I ask for a charge back, they will be coming after me in the form of a law suit... So this is what Im dealing with, I wanted to share my story on the forum, maybe someone out there will have enough prays to get me through this and be ok. but just to let anyone that will listen, I am scared to death. I think the little one will be ok, there is a small question if he may have a liver shunt, due to his very light weight, his slow growth, and his urine is VERY strong and a lot of it, and he drinks a lot of water, I hope he ok, its the other boy, with him being almost 8 months and both his testes not dropped at all, he already is facing a cryptorchid neutering, which I was told is a more in depth surgery, his testes could be caught up behind something, or wrapped around something. The neutering does not bother me, Im not a breeder, its the fact I asked these people that claim to have been breeding yorkies for 25 years if this was ok that he was missing his manhood considering his age. They said yeah he is fine no worries, then he has a honking cough and a slight issue with breathing at times, so I have to wonder if he could have tracheal issues as well. I will find out Monday morning, but this has been so hard on me mentally, Im not even over losing Chance, then I finally give in and open my heart to a totaly different breed of dog, only to be faced with what if? My heart and head is torn, do I take them back, fight for my money, which I know they will come after me, or keep these guys, get attached and spend the rest of my life caring for another and even maybe 2 ill dogs? I would never change a single thing caring for Chance, I did without on so many levels so he could have some kind of life as long as he wasnt suffering. I already spoke to the vet and I know we are already looking at surgery, if that is all great I can deal with that, but he did mention the cough, and the slow growth rate on the other guy doesnt sound good, but of course we have to test to make sure. What do I do? As you can tell I have no one to talk to about this~ Im lost, confused, scared and depressed. I cant take anymore heartache. And to go ahead and pay for all the test to find out if they are sick, Im still caught in the middle, yeah I can return them I do not want another dog from them, and why should I have to be the one to pay for answers I think they already know. THIS ISN"T FAIR!
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It's so difficult to go through a loss of a loved family member. Yes, pets are family members to all the members on YT. I'm so sorry you are going through all this.

How long have you had these two yorkies? How old are they?

The tiny one, what symptoms does he have that make you suspect livershunt?

A tiny size is does not mean livershunt in all cases.

The one that has the cough, has been checked for Kennel Cough or is your vet pretty sure its Tracheal problems?

I had a yorkie with me for over 5 yrs with a mild type of livershunt.I have been through the seizures,surgery and many vet visits. I do understand.
Right now he has been missing for 5 weeks and that is devastating to me.

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I got my little guy ~ named Lil G, Thursday his birth day is 4/11/09 my husband got the second one ~ named Honda Friday his birthday is 05/13/09. When I spoke with my vet I explained how Lil G is barely 2.5 lbs, drinks a ton of water and his urine is super strong, and after he eats he gets very spaced out looking. Now Honda I explained he has no testes at all, {I already know he has to have a special surgery for that issue } when he gets excited he has a honking cough, and at times loose his breath, and has issues with swallowing. I used to work at a shelter, I know without a doubt what kennel cough looks and sounds like. Trust me I PRAY both myself and the vet are wrong, we find out Monday, which is my birthday, I can deal with the surgery to remove Honda's his missing man parts, I just have to hope that my lesson I learned in life, dealing and losing the most important part of my heart, my baby Chance. I can not deal with anymore hurt. What I cant understand is how can these so called breeders that claim to better the bred continue breeding and selling puppies with known health issues. The breeder that I got Chance from was shut down, she knew that both pannus and seizures ran in that line, but she sold a total of 9 litters. This yorkie breeder claims to have been breeding for 25 years, but has no clue that after 4 months if NOTHING at all has dropped that there is a issue? She did tell me that both dogs I got was going to be used as breeders but they changed their mind and I was so lucky to get them. Just like she told me that micro minis are rare and li'l G was worth 2500 but she let me have him for 500, and Honda was worth 1500 but again I was so lucky and such a nice lady I got him for another 500. Yeah Honda was going to be a breeder, he cant he has no testes, that is why he was sold cheap, not because I was a nice lady my ass! Excuse my french but Im tired of breeders using dogs that they KNOW are not good stock, and then sell them to people like me that would give everything I own to give the best home, food and care, no matter what it cost me. The day I bring them home, they are my responsibility no matter what the cost. I just want a happy healthy dog, someone to love and take care of and not worry. I have not even mentioned I also have a 11 year old rescue that is in the first stages of heart failure, with Lobo I am prepared, he has lived a full healthy happy life and that goes with aging, it just goes to show, mutts are healthier most the time.
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Sounds like you have a heart of gold... these babies must have been sent to you for a special reason... Not all breesers are bad... if a price or deal sounds too good to be true, maybe we should stop and think before we purchase or investigate more before making a purchase... If nothing else maybe someone will learn from your post. Again my prayers are with you and your babies.
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I am so very sorry for your loss of Chance.
I know full well the pain of losing a beloved pet.
I lost my precious little Kayla last July and I still start to tear up when I think of that day. She was the light of my life.
I don't have children so she was my "child". Oh, we do get so attached to them.
It took me time to open my heart again but I can't imagine not having a dog.
I will keep you and your little ones in my prayers.
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I am so very sorry for you loss of Chance. It sounds as though he had a wonderful mommy that loved him very, very much.

I am glad that you were willing to open up your heart again to love again. I can only imagine what you must be going thru but don't look for somethng that may not be there. While your vet and you suspect liver shunt, don't drive yourself crazy until you get results back. As for the Honda and his surgery, I've read of successful neuterings of that type here on YT.

My Maggie honks as well and she is perfectly fine beyond that. You can use your finger and hold his snout downward towards his chest and this will open up his airway and the honking will stop instantaneously.

It sounds as though you have already bonded with these little guys. Don't look for trouble, just keep your heart focused on them. It is never easy to thnk of the prospect of losing a beloved pet as they are your family but if you focus on the loss, you will never know the joy. Unless you are willing to give these 2 up for new puppies, then I would just concentrate on dealing with each of their issues from day to day. I will be keeping you and your little ones in my thoughts and prayers that you get good news with the vet. Please keep us updated.

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I will keep you all in my prayers. One of mine had a very rough start and was diagnosed with a very mild internal liver shunt that requires no treatment. Hoping the vet visit goes better than expected. It is so difficult to understand why these things happen but it sounds like you are a very caring nurturing person and will do the right thing for these little guys.
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