Dec 10, 2019 at 7:41 pm #3622267
@Jeffrey yeah he seems good now. The breathing is now normal for a puppy. Here he is for a rare still moment. Yeah that’s a cardboard box from Costco and a little washable blanket. He’ll get a comfy dog bed at some point but he’s growing and chewing and often ends up on the couch with me so no need to spend money on a fancy bed..Dec 11, 2019 at 2:43 am #3622322
“yeah he seems good now.”
Oh yay! I loved cardboard boxes when I was a kid. a womb with a view.Dec 11, 2019 at 2:53 am #3622324
Yes a big cardboard box and a blanket was as fun as indoor play could get.Jan 12, 2020 at 2:35 pm #3626706
It’s still a bit touch and go with Baldy; he’s mostly fine but has a once a week or so episode of tachycardia and difficulty breathing. That and his head keeps getting infections that he’s had since we got him; he’s been on two rounds of antibiotics and when we stop it all comes back. Sounds like he’s sickly but the head thing does not seem to bother him and the heart thing is either there or he’s completely fine. Of course when we are at the docs he does not have the breathing episode so we’re a bit at a loss on what to do. We already care about him a lot. He is a really good dog: house trained with hardly any effort, sits and stays ( for a tiny bit), fetches like a champ and brings it back, has plenty of challenging toys so he has not chewed anything up, really good natured but also full of spunk. He’s off in the morning with Chris and when they come home he’s a dirty little mess that smells of oil and rust :)
We’ll keep going to the vet to see what the heart thing could be but from reading about it it’s not a fixable thing; sounds like a congenital defect. We are going to enjoy him and give him a wonderful life that will hopefully last a long time.Jan 12, 2020 at 2:43 pm #3626708Jan 12, 2020 at 2:57 pm #3626713Jan 12, 2020 at 3:42 pm #3626718
take video when he has breathing episode to show vet?
I have relatives with dogs. They love the beach. Running back and forth, running through water, flocks of birds (no birds hurt),…Jan 12, 2020 at 3:43 pm #3626720
and they love getting into disgusting dead stuffJan 12, 2020 at 3:46 pm #3626722
Yeah we took a video of the breathing but they think it was taken after he ran or something and don’t act like they believe this happens when he’s been eating for hours. We need a different vet, really…Jan 12, 2020 at 4:08 pm #3626729
Some action shots of how fun this little guy is out on the trail :)Jan 12, 2020 at 4:13 pm #3626730
The second to last post above meant to say “resting” for hours, not eating ..
I cannot edit that one for some reasonJan 12, 2020 at 5:44 pm #3626748
Humans can wear a Zio patch that monitors every heart beat for a given period of time–two weeks typically. I wonder if they could get a dog to wear one–for example, under the harness in the picture. Fur may make this impossible. They’re inexpensive tests. And they can show the amount of time that your pup’s in tachycardia. Also: humans take a beta blocker for this, with varying success. The thing is, beta blockers are common and cheap and safe. Tachycardia is no fun. It would be good to know how high your pups heart rate goes. It’s a ‘safe’ condition, so maybe hard to get the vets attention. But it would be good to resolve. thyroid issues may be a cause. electrolyte imbalance? like low potassium. I’m extrapolating from humans. blood tests may show something; you’ve probably done that.Jan 23, 2020 at 8:40 pm #3628488
he is a wonderful little dogJan 23, 2020 at 9:52 pm #3628492rubmybelly!BPL Member
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he looks like a wonderful little dog. :-)Feb 4, 2020 at 7:41 pm #3629907
We received bad news today, after taking Baldy to a specialist. He has congenital sinus dermoid, a genetic defect. Surgery might be possible if an MRI shows that the spine has not been tapped into. This genetic defect comes with clusters of other defects so we are told that his breathing and heart issues are likely related. The prognosis is 6 months to a year before quality of life is compromised . We are considering our options including extensive surgery. Our hearts are heavy; he’s a joy to love.Feb 4, 2020 at 8:19 pm #3629914.BPL Member
I’m so sorry to hear this Katt. I hope it all goes well for him.
They really do wiggle their way into our heartsFeb 5, 2020 at 7:34 am #3629944
I am so sorry for you, that’s terrible
We had a cat that had cancer we tried to save. Spent a lot of money. Afterwards, it seemed like the doctor was a scamster and over-all his quality of life was worse than if we had just let him live as long as reasonable.Feb 5, 2020 at 7:53 am #3629945
Thanks. We did not expect this at all. An MRI would/will tell us if surgery is an option or not, depending how deep these dermoids go. If they are really deep he is bound to have acute pain that comes and goes and could develop meningitis. Besides that, this congenital defect comes with others that affect the organs. He is such a good dog; almost daily we’d tell each other we can’t believe how smart and sweet and all around wonderful he is. We have had a lot of dogs in our lives and none have won our hearts as fast as this little guy.Feb 5, 2020 at 8:58 am #3629959
I’m sorry for you all as well. Your dog has won my heart just through the pictures.Feb 6, 2020 at 1:28 pm #3630144
I think we’ll try and get him to Davis Vet School for an appointment and see what they might be able to do for him. He’s worth it.Feb 8, 2020 at 8:51 pm #3630508
Going to Davis on Thursday to see if they can help him. Regardless of how long he has left I am going to give him the best life, every day.Feb 10, 2020 at 12:11 pm #3630710d kBPL Member
It does look (and sound) like you are giving him the best possible life. We will all be waiting to hear what they say in Davis. I’m so sorry you have to go through this, and hope that the news will be good!Feb 10, 2020 at 2:18 pm #3630719
Thank you!Feb 10, 2020 at 2:52 pm #3630725.BPL Member
We’re all rooting for him Kat. Best of luck to you allFeb 13, 2020 at 2:24 pm #3631126
I am at UC Davis right now; they had a team of vets and students examine him since it’s such a rare condition and never seen in an Aussie. They DO NOT think it’s a dermoid sinus and are quite hopeful. I am staying for a biopsy later on today and they’ll try and get the biggest modules out at to send to the lab. It’s a good day!!!!
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