Jan 20, 2003, 11:06 PM
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I can totally relate 100 % of what you feel and experienced. If you go thru my post on Sunnie's condition in this forum, you'll get what I mean. I went to 5 vets (One of them is an eye specialist for dogs) and the eye specialist said that my girl was diagnosed with glaucoma and corneal ulcers. Glaucoma is a serious disease that will cause blindness within a short time. I was told by my vet that it is very rare for a puppy at 3 months old to suffer from a disease like that, so most likely, the problem was inherited. WHen I went back to confront my breeder, he revealed to me that sunnie's mother was having eye problems when he bought her back from the pet shop, and he said she recovered after giving her eye gel. I was furious because he didn't let me know when I first bought SUnnie.
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I swear I wanted to fight for justice for Sunnie and to stop him from breeding other dogs further. But now, I guess the more important thing for me to do is to take good care of Sunnie and make sure I won't breed Sunnie for the sake of the next generation.
I spent all my money, energy and emotions on SUnnie for the past three months. Sunnie is now one of the luckiest dog in Malaysia, I cook her meals everyday and give her the best human grade supplements I could find. She's allergic to a lot of things so I have to carefully monitor her diet and try not to let her eat processed foods for now because I am not sure of what effects the preservatives and additives have on her. (even though the dog food companies claim their kibble is "chemicals free") I've stopped all her vet medication because she seemed to be getting worse on those. She's now on alternative therapies (herbal remedies, good bacteria, supplements) and being treated by my personal doctor. Sunnie is a lot better now and much happier. She also gained 600g in 3 weeks time.
I understand how you feel about the irresponsible breeders...but right now it's more important to get her back on her health. Just try your best. I was on the verge of giving up hope on Sunnie, becuz the vets said "imminent blindness". I was very depressed and didn't know what to do. I was also at the junction where I (and other people around me) even considered to put her down. But now she's still running around and responding well to my training sessions, very much alive and agile and is the best thing in my life now. Even though she has not fully recovered but she's progressing well. Most importantly, she's happy.
Take it as a lesson and I guess all we could do is to be more careful when we select our next puppies. And we should educate ourselves as responsible and caring pet owners and demand only healthy puppies. If the market is more educated and only demands healthy puppies, the pet shops (or breeders) hopefully will understand that unhealthy puppies will not be wanted. Not sure if I carry this message throu well enough...We as dog owners should do more than keeping dogs, we should also educate other people about choosing a healthy puppy and where to find responsible breeders and pet shops.
I am not sure if I am here to offer you any advice on your dog's prescription, but if you would like to adopt an alternative approach, you can email me at email@example.com. I can try asking my doctor (she's a doctor for humans, not dogs though, but she has used the same approach on her pets and other animals) if you need a different opinion.
Hope your dog gets well soon. We're here for her. Sunnie wishes her speedy recovery !
With warm regards,
Mummy of Sunnie, the happy, cheeky and naughty female shih tzu pup