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Old 05-18-2007, 09:00 AM   #1
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Cry Lily has hydrocephalus

Hi guys,

I need some help here. I am so upset and I just can't stop crying. Lily is with Dr. Tobias today at UT having a liver biopsy to confirm MVD. I thought that the MVD was the end of the world until Dr. Tobias just called to tell me that her test results from neurology came back and that she has moderate hydrocephalus. She was born with an open fontanel and I knew that hydrocephalus was likely but I had talked myself into believing that she only had mild hydrocephalus. To hear the confirmation that yes she has hydrocephalus and that it is moderate just ripped my heart out.

Who on here has had a dog with hydrocephalus? What kind of treatment were they given? How did they do long term? And I have to ask, how long did they live? I'm praying that she still has a chance for a full life but my hopes are dwindling. Right now the only clinical signs she has is shaking and lack of appetite which could be from the MVD.

Lily is my little rescue. I have done a lot of rescues and seen some sad cases and lost some dogs but Lily is just unlike any other. I've developed such a strong bond with her and I love her more than words can say. I think my days of doing rescues has come to an end. I just can't do this anymore. I can't take anymore....
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:02 AM   #2
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I know nothing about your babys condition...but I do want to say my thougths and prayers are with you....
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:29 AM   #3
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Oh, honey! I remember pics of Lily in the Breeder section - I can see why you are 200% in love with her. I wish I knew more information - but I just wanted to send you a hug.

Do you have any recent pics? I want to see her, be able to visualize her and send some healing energy her way! I'm thinking of you both...
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My heart breaks for you. I know nothing about this condition however
I hope she'll live a normal life with meds.
YT prayer's are very strong so I am sending you mine. Please keep us posted. Be strong.

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Old 05-18-2007, 10:05 AM   #5
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Oh no !! I'm so sorry !!! There is some info on here if you do a search but I'm so sorry to hear this about little Lily....You poor thing - I don't know much about it other than what I've read but want to send prayers....Maybe it's not as bad as it sounds ????
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So sorry about your Lily I really don't know anything about this but will definately keep her in my prayers.
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My heart and prayers go out to you. Please think positive and remember how happy YOU make her...No matter how long she lives, days, weeks, years..she had the BEST because of YOU.

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Old 05-18-2007, 12:59 PM   #8
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Dr. Tobias just called and said that Lily made it through the surgery and does have MVD which we will have to treat thru diet.

As for the hydrocephalus, there is nothing that can be done. She said that she has spoken with Neurology and that Lily is just too little for a shunt to be inserted in her brain to divert the fluid and that we can't use medication to treat the hydrocephalus because of her liver. I plan on bringing her home (hopefully tomorrow), managing the MVD with her diet, and just loving her for as long as I can.

Here are some pictures from a couple of weeks ago. When I look at these pictures, its hard to believe how sick she is.
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My heart is breaking for you right now...I know how much you love Lily, but these little ones are so strong!!! You have to believe that she'll live a good life. I know the MVD is manageable for sure, and as far as the hydrocephalus goes, I don't know much about it, but I do know that sometimes these little ones will surprise you. I'm praying that God gives you the strength that you need to be strong for Lily, and I'm praying that God gives Lily the strength to live a normal, wonderful life.

I also want to add that Lily as absolutely gorgeous. She looks like such a sweet baby doll
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Oh, those pics!!! The one of her standing by her bag is just unbelievably adorable. I'm hoping for a miracle - she is SO blessed to have you!
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My heart goes out to you, really it does. My dog Lucky also has MVD (diagnosed about 2 years ago) and a neurological problem that we recently discovered. We attributed his shaking fits to the MVD at first, but after changing his diet and putting him on meds for the MVD, his shaking fits returned again and progressively got worse. A few months ago it got so bad that he shook for almost 2 hours off and on and even lost control of his eyes for a few minutes. I was terrified to death that I was going to lose him. I took him to the hospital and they determined that the shaking wasn't due to the MVD (that was under control) but that it was due to a neurological problem of some sort. The doctor said he would have to preform an MRI and other invasive tests to determine exactly what the problem was but that the odds of finding out exactly what it was was very slim since Lucky was not exhibitting any symptoms that fit classical neurological problems. After hearing this, the doctor and I decided to try avoiding any invasive procedures and to start Lucky off with anticonvulsants and see if that helps his condition. He has been on the anticonvulsant for a few months now and is doing wonderfully. He has only had a few minor shaking incidents since then and his appetite is huge. He's back to his fun loving self. Sorry, i don't know much about hydrocephalus but maybe anticonvulsants can be helpful in Lily's case as well? Best of luck to you and your Lily!
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OMG! that little face of hers! What an adorable little girl. My heart just breaks for you. I will keep you and Little Lily in my thoughts and prayers
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I am so sorry to hear about Lily. I am sending along my prayers to aid in her return to good health.

She is absolutely beautiful and I especially like the picture of her looking into her bag it is so darn cute.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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I am sending good wishes to you and Lily. I hope everything turns out great for both of you! You have done a wonderful thing by rescuing these furbabies. Don't give up!
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AMEN to that!!! Thoughts and prayers to you and Lily. I'm sure there are others on here that have had this problem with their babies. Hope you can get the help and advise you're seeking, I just don't know enough about it. Bless you for helping her, and bless her for being...
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