Update July 11, 2019:

Broonzy is a mouthy boy so he met with a behaviorist on July 5.  Result?  He is a perfectly normal puppy trying to control everything around him with his mouth.  But he needs to learn some restraint as it’s tough on young or old skin.  So…his fosters are equipped with techniques to not -give in, redirect and reward when he stops. 

And then there was his neuter on Tuesday.  Add anesthesia to his already wobbly frame and you get one silly and sleepy pup coming out.  He was brought to the car slung in a blanket then perked up in the back seat.  Seemed confused by the cone but anxious to fall back asleep with his head on a hand while his tail was still wagging.  The next morning?  All puppy again! 

What’s next for Broonzy? He will get a recheck in two weeks for his eyes. Then we will know if a specialist is in order for his cataracts.  We may also explore physical therapy for the muscular insufficiencies .

In the meantime his fosters are trying to implement a bit of structure and rules.  Their latest update is “he says he doesn’t like rules and he is moving himself out!” as he drug his bed across the floor.  He had socialization time with family dogs this week and enjoys the stimulation but we hope the humping tendencies subside in a few months!

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Broonzy’s Journey

Broonzy, a 7 month old puppy came into rescue on 6/23 with apparent neurological issues. The surrendering family’s vet had mentioned the same but they couldn’t afford an MRI and felt he needed someone that could give him more attention.

He is a super sweet puppy.  His balance is off and he is wobbly; wide rear stance to balance and knuckling on the front.  He runs a lot better than he walks… momentum.

His MRI and spinal puncture indicate nothing surgical to be done to resolve these issues.  He has cerebellar ataxia , a congenital deficit. His brain is smaller than normal, the left lobe larger than the right.  There is no tumor or fluid. 

Typically dogs with this condition can live a normal life and be treated like any other dog.   Puppies will often learn to cope with the mobility implications.  There are apparent issues with his eyes, we are told cataracts so he will need to be seen by an ophthalmologist for next steps.

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