Hydrocephalus in Dogs
Let' talk about hydrocephalus in dogs. If you are a dog owner it is important that you are aware of various illnesses that could affect your dog. This article will discuss hydrocephalus in dogs, it's symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Hydrocephalus is when there is an excessive amount of spinal fluid that accumulated in the brain and around the brain tissue. This fluid is always in the body, it flows around the brain and spinal cord, but if there is an obstruction of other problems it can lead to hydrocephalus.
Dogs that are most at risk of hydrocephalus are Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, pugs, bulldogs, Maltese, Yorkshire terriers, and some other small breeds.
Hydrocephalus in usually a congenital condition however it can be caused by trauma or other underlying conditions. Puppies can have hydrocephalus because of prenatal infections or it may be caused if the newborn had a difficult labor. Parts of a puppies brain will actually fill up with too much fluid creating pressure and causing the brain to not fully develop.
Dogs can develop hydrocephalus as puppies or at any time in their life. If your dog has this condition they will unfortunately not lead a normal life. However, in some cases dogs do have this condition and it goes unnoticed because they don't have symptoms.
Symptoms of this neurological condition include a cone shaped head, blindness, seizures, restlessness, erratic behavior, lack of coordination, and they may have difficulty with potty training or begin to have frequent accidents in the house.
Your veterinarian will perform exams and different tests to determine if your dog has hydrocephalus. Medications can be given to a dog that can help it's help absorb the excess spinal fluid or help the body to create less fluid. In some cases surgery is needed. Frequent veterinary checkups will be required for any dog with hydrocephalus.
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