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Old 01-22-2013, 12:22 AM
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Has anyone expierenced having a chi with a brain problem? The vets cannot seem to figure out what is wrong with my little girl yet, and the last thing to check is doing an MRI or a spine tap. Since she is very weak it is a high risk putting her under anesthetic. I was just wondering if anyone has expierenced going through any brain problems such as water in the brain or a brain tumor? I wanted to see if the symptoms are similar. If so what symptoms did the dog show and how did they find out?
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I don't have time to put up links but if you google hydrocephalus (water on the brain), you will find a ton of information. I know some dogs do OK with medication, some have to have a shunt places surgically which drains off excess fluid in the brain into the abdomen.
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What did the vet say about the breath smelling like blood & the unbalanced walk? Sorry I can't give any advice about brain problems. I asked you earlier to post a video earlier. Someone might recognize the symptoms in your baby & could guide you to a resolve.
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I just figured it out and uploaded a video of her when she was acting normal for a very short period of time today in the other post. But here is the link IMG 5664 - YouTube


The vet just keeps pushing the fact that they want an MRI because basically they dont know and are not sure, and that was for BOTH vets that we visited today. The first one kept her there from 9-11 on IV and the specialist that we took her to just pushed and pushed on the MRI. But then went on to tell me how dangerous it is for a weak, small chihuahua for an MRI and can possibly die during surgery and you are still required to pay etc.

I am thinking about searching for a holistic vet somewhere near us to get a different outlook on this before putting my dog through all this stress and a spinal tap and mri etc. I also am going to contact my friend who is a breeder her mobile vet tomorrow and he will come by the house and observe how she is acting.
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Has she been playing like this since Christmas or did she just play today after the IV fluids? She's so cute.
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I have no idea what might be wrong. I do applaud you being cautious moving forward with MRI or spinal tap. I hope your baby is better very soon. I will pray for you both.


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She's been playing like this since Christmas. Today since she's been back all she's been doing is laying around and sleeping so I tried to get her up and playing and she did that for literally as long as the video lasted and that was it ...
But she's stumbling, if I can get another video of her walking so you can notice it more I will... She isn't walking at all barely though .
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She walks side ways literally and her right back leg is giving out and her head is tilted to the right.... It breaks our heart to see her like this. She wants to play but she can't, and still no interest in food. We wish this would just go back to normal
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