Developemental Disability in Puppy
I have a pup that is 4 months old. When she was 2 days old, she got laid on and completely flattened out spread eagle by the mama dog. She was dead (not breathing) for at least 10 minutes that we know of.....could've been a lot longer (we don't know how long she had been under the mama dog when we found her. My husband administered CPR for 10 minutes before she finally took a breath. She was paralized for a few more minutes after she started breathing and crying but then her feet started moving as well.
She is now 4 months old and is displaying some odd behavior and also some health issues as a result. The vet is not sure yet, how extensive the damage to her joints is, or to any other of her organs or functions....time will tell. He calls her the "mystery dog" because she is very special and we just don't know yet. SHe has the sweetest spirit of any of my Shepherds ( I have four). She is having issues with both back and front legs. She can walk and trot but running is difficult and her gait is very odd and we think painful, although we are not sure of that yet. He has started her on pain medication to see if this changes her movement or demeanor.
She is quiet and would prefer to be in her crate than anyplace else. She seems content to watch the world from the sidelines. She will play with her littermate a little but can't play at the same athleticism or run as fast. She does like the water though and takes great joy in splashing in the wading pool. Training is challenging to say the least. When faced with any kind of a challenge, whether it be a little tug on a leash or too rough play from her littermate, she just lays down. I have offered her raw steak to intice her to practice on the leash and she just lays down and is not tempted by it at all.
We love her and we will spend whatever needs to be spent on medical care for her lifetime. She will not be a candidate for breeding of course but we fell head over heals in love with her that day she came back to life. We don't know what the future holds for this precious pup, but the vet says that it is pretty safe to say that she is at the very least, a little developmentally disabled. SHe is also very thin......we have never been able to get or keep any weight on her. The vet has also started her on a prescription dog food, to see if that helps before doing anymore tests. I was just wondering if anybody else out there had any similar experience and would welcome any thoughts or advice. IF you made it this far, thank you for reading my post. :-)
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