Canine Hydrocephalus is a neurological condition where cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain, causing an increase in intracranial pressure. This increased pressure can lead to a variety of symptoms, including seizures, blindness, and difficulty walking.
Hydrocephalus is a common condition, and can occur in any breed or at any age. It’s most often seen in small breeds such as Chihuahuas, Poodles, and Shih Tzus.
It’s important to note that hydrocephalus is a lifelong condition and can’t be cured. With proper management and treatment, many dogs can lead relatively normal lives. It’s important to work closely with your veterinarian to develop an individualized treatment plan for your dog. This treatment plan should include regular check-ups, medications, and lifestyle modifications such as avoiding stairs or slippery surfaces.
Your dog will need a safe and comfortable environment. This can include a soft bed, avoiding stairs or slippery surfaces, and plenty of mental stimulation.
By understanding the signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus, you can help ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. With proper management and treatment, your dog can lead a relatively normal life.
Symptoms of Canine Hydrocephalus
Symptoms of Hydrocephalus can vary depending on the severity of their condition. Common signs and symptoms include:
- An enlarged head
- Difficulty walking or standing
Other signs can include:
- Appetite loss
If your dog has any of these symptoms it’s important to get veterinary care as soon as possible.
Diagnosing Canine Hydrocephalus
If your dog has any signs or symptoms of hydrocephalus, your veterinarian will perform a physical examination and order diagnostic tests such as an MRI or CT scan. These tests can help confirm the diagnosis and determine the severity of their condition.
Stages of Canine Hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus is typically split into four stages:
Symptoms can include an enlarged head, seizures, and difficulty walking or standing.
Symptoms will include blindness, walking in circles, and dementia.
Symptoms will include vomiting, lethargy, irritability, and appetite loss.
Symptoms can include coma or death.