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    05-08-2012, 02:01 PM
Any other special needs furbabies out there?

Charlie is my fluffy smiley 8lb ball of fun :) he's a 3 year old schnoodle and he has seizures that isolate and "kill" parts of his brain(generally speaking). Not all of his seizures have huge effects, but a seizure at six months old pretty much stopped his development, and another more recent one greatly reduced the communication to his left hind leg. He's got a permapimplimp, as we call it, and will always be in "puppy mode" until the day he dies. Sir Charles Bucket has no idea that he's not like the other dogs, and is never without his toothy smile or his waggy butt :) no pictures, sorry. My only internet access is my phone.

But I was wondering, do any of you guys have a special needs pet? What hardships have you overcome? How's your baby handle it?
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    05-08-2012, 02:09 PM
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Wow! Does he have epilepsy or is it something more than that? Can his seizures be controlled with medication? O.o

My kitty isn't that special needs but he is super allergic to anything fish ("stuff" starts flying out both ends, it's bad) so I have to be really careful what I feed him since most cat food has some fish somewhere in it. Otherwise, he's really healthy and happy.
He is a little "strange" because he was dumped in the woods, without his mom, at 5 weeks old and hasn't been around other cats since then (he's my only cat) but he does ok. He just thinks he's a people.

Oh and if we're adding pictures, here's a picture of my boy. He's turning 2 on May 25th:

    05-08-2012, 02:11 PM
It's not a lot, but my mother keeps tortoises, and we have a tortoise that is mad with hormones, he was taken from the wild. He doesn't have special needs, but he attacks everything he touches.
    05-08-2012, 02:41 PM
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Ms Molly, my jack Russell terrorist, is allergic to wheat. Luckily right now that's the worst it gets. We had a thyroid issue dog and a heart failure dog at the same time for years and it was mega hard.
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Here she is with the now huge brainless Harley
    05-08-2012, 02:50 PM
I have a 3 year old female Opossum named Beatrix who was attacked by a dog when she was a baby. We believe the dogs crushed her pelvis, so she is practically paralyzed, even though she still has feeling.

She wore a diaper because when she was younger she would have to go more often and I wasn't home enough to see that she was "pottied" (think what you do with all baby mammals). But now she is older and can old it and we rarely have a mess.

Some facts about Opossums.

They are the shortest lived mammal for their size. Average life span is 2 years in the wild, 4 in captivity.

They can travel 2 miles per night looking for food.

They are immune to venomous snake bites, and rabies. Their body temperature is too low for the virus.

They are the only native marsupial to North America!

They have thumbs on their back feet, and instead of hanging by their tail, they use it more like a seat belt when climbing.

Opossums can not jump!

As a baby

The sweet face that I get to see every night when she wakes up and expects her food.

Please no comments about "rats" or EPM. She is my furbaby.
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    05-09-2012, 12:31 PM
Aldebono she's adorable! My bf keeps trying to convince me it would be fun to have a possum. I have a hard time getting over the teeth lol I didn't know they couldn't jump!

They think it may have been something that happened at or near birth, that charlie just had a hard time of it and his brain paid the price. He's got one med that's supposed to help the connections in his nervous system, but he still has seizures. They aren't as frequent though which is a relief.
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    05-09-2012, 02:07 PM
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Aldebono she's adorable! My bf keeps trying to convince me it would be fun to have a possum. I have a hard time getting over the teeth lol I didn't know they couldn't jump!

They think it may have been something that happened at or near birth, that charlie just had a hard time of it and his brain paid the price. He's got one med that's supposed to help the connections in his nervous system, but he still has seizures. They aren't as frequent though which is a relief.
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As much as I love my girl, I can't recommend anyone having a perfectly healthy one that could live in the wild. Yes I would keep another injured one that can never be released. We just don't know that much about them to keep them perfectly healthy in captivity. Their diet (extreme generalists) and exercise level is something we are not crystal clear on.

Also, and maybe it has just been the two opossums I have had, but they are not affectionate like a dog or even a cat. They are strictly solitary animals in the wild and sadly, don't have an abundance of cute, quirky personality.

The teeth. They are long long long as adults and razor sharp. I have been bitten, never anything bad and it was because when they get scared, the mouth opens and my hand got in the way.

A more suited pet than a opossum would be a pair of female rats. They make food blocks for them and they are already domesticated with awesome little personalities!

Not to say I wouldn't take in another handicapped opossum in the future.

I am sorry to hear about your pups seizures. My Beatrix may have had a stroke or seizure in the past, it is just hard to tell when they normally shut down to "play opossum" when the body is so stressed.
    05-09-2012, 06:28 PM
Don't get me wrong, if one needed help and a home, I'd be all for it. But I have no intentions of adding a possum to my herd. I think he says it more out of wishfull thinking than a serious thought anyway. (At least I hope so.) I did actually have two female pet rats at one point, algernon and gwen. They lived in an old jukebox my ex refashioned for them. He ended up falling in love with them and I left them with him when I left. They were quite the curious pair :) so much fun to watch.
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    05-09-2012, 07:29 PM
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What a great thread!

This is our boy, Connor (or 'mahbaby' as I end up calling him most of the time.) who just so happens to be turning a year old some time this week! We think he's a German Shepherd x Labrador mix.

Poor Connor has been to hell and back in his short life, but we've pretty much gotten him sorted out for now. We found him along with his 6 other dead siblings in a cardboard box when he was approximately 5 weeks old, as the only survivor. We took him in and shortly after he contracted Parvo, when he was still only about six pounds. After multiple blood transfusions and almost two weeks total of hospital stays, he finally pulled through and was able to come home.

Once he began to feel better though, we began to notice some neurological problems that he had. He would sway around and seem to stagger a lot, constantly running into things and loosing his balance when he tried to run or jump. After extensive testing he was diagnosed with Wobblers Syndrome, and we soon found out that he was not a cannidate for surgery due to the placement of the damage in his spine. He also has luxating patella, which turns his feet outwards and causes his joints to be weak. He's had surgery on the worst of his legs, but it was only partially corrected.

Even though he has so many health problems though, Connor is a big bundle of puppy love and energy! He's such a goofy boy and his favorite thing to do is steal things and taunt us with them until we give in and chase him for it!

To help keep his wobblers under control, Connor is on a variety medications as well as weekly hydro-therapy to strengthen his legs. He has little to no muscle mass in his hind legs, and for a while he was dragging himself by his front legs until we began his new therapy. Good thing he's a born water dog! He loves his therapist and all of the games and cookies that he gets to have when he's at therapy ^^ I've also been trained to give him massage therapy twice a day to keep his muscles and joint limber, and he's on constant artheritis preventors, because he is at high risk to get juvenile artheritis.

These two pictures are to show just what kind of body condition he is in. In both pictures you can obviously see the joint displacement as well as the abnormal curve to his spine and shaky stature. He sure doesn't know theres anything wrong with him though!

Sadly, Connor was diagnosed with PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) a few months ago, and will eventually loose his sight. Thankfully, it seems to be very slow in progression and has 85% of his vision still.

Although he has many challenges, Connor is one of the happiest, most fun loving dogs I've ever met and he's an active part of our therapy program at the farm!

His favorite game? ATTACK THE SPRINKLER!

    05-09-2012, 08:03 PM
^^^ poor puppy. How sad. So many problems in such a short time...
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