View Full Version : HOMED: 12 wk old hydrocephalic Cav needs home

5th September 2007, 04:41 AM
My friend is involved with a no kill shelter in Huntington, West Virginia and informed me of a 12 wk old Male Cavalier that is up for adoption. The little guy unfortunately has hydrocephalus. Pictures and a description can be viewed at http://www.littlevictories.org/canine/

5th September 2007, 09:00 AM
I've met a King Charles with hydrocephalus and he's a lovely little chap, so don't let the condition put you off.

5th September 2007, 09:47 AM
Here's an article on hydrocephalus in cavaliers and what someone might expect if they choose to adopt. Generally if the puppy isn't symptomatic, the dog will probably have a shorter life and be a bit slow but otherwise lead a happy life. The article notes some dogs will continue to decline while others stabilise by around age two.


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I know some view taking on any dog with a health condition or disability as a scary challenge. But from experience, I have found these are often the most rewarding companions you will ever have. I wouldnt hesitate to take on that little guy if I were nearby. I hope he finds a great home! :) Maybe with someone on the board...?

5th September 2007, 11:26 AM
I think my b/t charlie had it . she was only 2lb at 9 weeks . 10 inches at the shoulder when fully grown & had a very domed skull & small open fontanel. she would often bang her head on the floor if she was angry about something.

Despite that she was the BEST little girl i've ever had & the most intelligent.
I paid quite a bit for her at the time & she had a lot of problems in her life but I never regreted having her

6th September 2007, 05:03 AM
I wish i could adopt him! My husband has set a 1 dog limit...but I'm still working on him ;) I am willing to help with transport if anyone on this board is interested in this little guy. He sure is cute and Karlin...I know you are right about little one's like this often times being the most rewarding.

My friend forwarded me the letter from the current owner with permission to post. It gives a little more insight into the situation. Here it is:

Hi all:

I am looking for a home for my 12 week old male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, Merlin. He is a special needs puppy, as he has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus -- water on the brain -- a condition that impairs his vision and causes him to be slower functioning than a normal puppy.

He is sweet, affectionate, and interactive. He loves to sit on your lap and cuddle, and in most ways behaves just like a normal puppy, only he doesn't see well and just isn't as "with it."

We have 5 other dogs, 2 cats and lots of kids in and out of our house. This results in a lot of activity -- slamming doors, swinging bats, running, jumping -- sometimes total chaos. Plus, he is more sensitive than the other dogs, and normal "puppy play" is too rough for him. I am concerned that he is not safe in this environment, as he does not see as well or move as quickly as the other dogs.

I would like to place him (free of charge) in a quieter home -- maybe with a very nurturing couple or a single individual. I think he would do best in an environment where he gets lots of one-on-one attention. He would probably be ok with older kids or an older pet or two.

Does anyone know of a home that would be a good fit for him? If so, please let me know. I will be happy to introduce Merlin to a prospective new owner or do whatever is necessary to facilitate a great placement for him

Thanks for thinking of Merlin! Please be so kind as to pass this email along to anyone you think might be right for him.


6th September 2007, 06:48 PM
just had another quick look and Merlin was adopted yesterday! Hopefully he'll be loved and cared for now:D

Barbara Nixon
6th September 2007, 06:52 PM
I'm surprised that something can't be done for his condition, because, I believe, humans have a shunt fitted to reduce the pressure.

6th September 2007, 07:04 PM
oh gem that is brilliant news, i have being reading this nearly in tears!

Karen S.
7th September 2007, 09:16 PM
My daughter has hydrocephalus. She was diagnosed at age 14 and is now 26. This is a managable condition so don't let that stop anyone from considering him.

26th April 2011, 10:39 PM
Dogs with hydrocephalus can be fitted with shunts just like humans can.

We have one at the Sanctuary he is called Royston or Roi to his pals. we are trying to raise the money for him to have a shunt fitted.http://lizziesbarn.co.uk/Latestnews.aspx (http://lizziesbarn.co.uk/Latestnews.aspx)
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