The pups are 2 weeks as of yesterday. They were born on the 16th via c-section. Lynyrd, the boy in question, had his head stuck in the birth canal. When they were born, they were 4oz together and roughly the same size. At 2 days old he had a seizure which I assumed was due to hypoglycemia because the mama's milk hadn't really come in yet. He went to the vet that day as well, and was given nutrical and sent home. I've been supplementing with probiolac since then. The female hasn't shown any interest in the bottle, but he really goes to town eating. When it comes to nursing, the female is very pushy and I have to remove her to let him eat, even though there are only 2 of them. She is very aggressive about moving from teat to teat in rapid succession and pushing him out of the way. She's been gaining weight hand over fist and is now twice his size. Again, it was thought to be because of his rough start and the fact that he is not getting a lot of mama's milk. Now that they have opened their eyes, I am starting to suspect hydro. Bella (the mama) has a lovely apple head, and as much as I want it to be true for him, I'm just beside myself thinking it is not the case. He's fairly active, and eats & eliminates well. His eyes look ok, but are slightly buggy, though he hasn't shown any of the "east/west" gaze so far, the whites are more red than white. My main concern is his growth. He IS gaining, though only a few grams per day. If it is hydrocephalus, could the trauma of being stuck like that have caused it, or is it the other way around...having the big head caused him to get stuck?
I know a few of y'all have hydro pups, and I want to know what sort of quality of life can he expect. As much as it kills me, I don't want him to suffer for my selfishness. I've watched countless youtube videos of those pups and it seems like a cruel joke. He sees the vet again in a week for worming, but I just need some experienced people to look at him and tell me honestly what you think. Don't worry about sugar coating anything, I wouldn't ask if I couldn't handle the truth. I'm just hoping that I am overreacting and he is just going to be small. Imagine that, someone upset that their chi is small...heh.
Lynyrd Pictures 11/02/2012