Chloe is a tiny 6-pound, approx. 1-year-old PomChi that was born with a congenital issue called Hydrocephalus. This is a somewhat common condition in Chihuahuas where the cerebrospinal fluid that covers the brain builds up and does not allow the skull to completely close. Chloe was born with this condition and has the largest opening in her skull that our vet and neurologist have ever seen. She is to be considered very fragile as the entire top of her head is missing the skull to protect her little noggin.
We believe that this large opening has actually benefitted Chloe and kept the fluid pressure from building up and causing seizures, which is the most common side effect with Hydrocephalus pups. She has been prescribed life-long Prilosec by the neurologist, which does not eliminate the current fluid in her brain, but will reduce any future production. Despite her condition, she fared extremely well during her neurological assessment. Other than the typical dome-shaped head and eyes that point outwards, Chloe is a healthy little girl.
Chloe would do best with someone who has lots of time to dote on her as she is quite a lover and a Diva. To ensure her safety, only homes without children and young grandchildren will be considered. It is also important that her forever home have only small, calm pets with low energy. Chloe has made major progress in her foster home where she has become part of the pack after slow introduction to other pups while in her safe zone. She sleeps in her crate at night, goes out to potty with the other pups, and even uses a pee pad by the door if she does not get outside in time. Chloe loves playing with soft toys, sitting on the couch with you or in bed and getting belly rubs for as long as you can rub. It will take some time for Chloe to adjust to a new home, but with love, patience, and time it is possible. She will be overwhelmed at first so small steps of introduction is best and she would most likely require an area of her own with slow introduction to the home and pets.
Chloe came from an overcrowded "rescue" down south and was infested with parasites, which have been since been eliminated. She is a pretty normal pup and is learning that a human hand means belly rubs and play time. She has just recently taken interest in toys and likes to say hi to the other dogs in her foster home. Her demeanor has gone from quite feisty to accepting being handled, even by the vets which is a big improvement.
A potential adopter must understand Hydrocephalus and the symptoms that will progress over the years. We highly recommend yearly visits to a neurologist to review her behavioral/neurological status and medications and maintain the best possible treatment plan for Chloe. There is a surgery available, but one that is not to be considered lightly as serious risks and complications can occur. The prognosis for hydrocephalus depends on its duration and severity, and our sweet Chloe is by far an acute case.
Chloe is a special girl that needs a special home to love her...and boy does she ever love you back and provide comical entertainment. Won't you be her happily ever after? Go to PawsitivelyPom.rescuegroups.org to give her a home of her own. Chloe's adoption fee is $250 (reduced to $150 for senior citizens 65+) and helps to cover the costs of her current vaccines (rabies, distemper, and bordatella), spay, microchip, heartworm and fecal tests, neurological assessment, and cranial ultrasound.
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