Hyden's Memorial

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Age: 9 Years   Sex: Male

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Wobbly Bit, Nugget, Hugh Mungo, Hyden Go Seek, Buffalo, Poodle.

September 3rd 2007

Arrival Story:
Alli, Hyden's Mom, is one of the 18 Chihuahuas Judge NcNeary awarded to our rescue organization as a result of the August 31st cruelty seizure conducted by Round Rock, TX animal control. Hyden came into the world on September 3rd. He was so small at birth, weighing just 1.6 ounce, that we wondered if he might be premature. However, he appeared fully developed and was quite vigorous. He was the first born and three more puppies followed, each weighing 4 to 5 ounces. We knew a puppy as small as Hyden was very unlikely to survive. We checked on him every couple of hours round the clock, and were amazed he wasn't requiring any special care. Sadly, his Mama began pushing him away when he was just a few weeks old, forcing us to hand rear him. Soon after, we noticed Hyden seemed to have coming and going neurologic signs. He was hospitalized several times and even the veterinarians struggled to regulate his blood glucose and body temperature. Even when his blood glucose was normal, he occasionally fell into a coma like state. At two months old, Hyden developed Upper Respiratory symptoms and despite being on antibiotics for several weeks, the symptoms did not fully resolve but he never developed pneumonia. Finally, the third veterinary clinic's staff began diagnostic testing. The very tests many other veterinarians suggested but didn't do, saying Hyden was just too small. Now Hyden must see a specialist for further diagnostic testing for any hope of receiving a proper a diagnosis and treatment. This little angel has an amazing will to live and already has us wrapped around his little paw.

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December 4th 2007 10:54 pm
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I have some heartbreaking news. Hyden passed away about 12:30am today, December 5th. Our family is still in tears. We had grown to love this little guy so much. Even my boys Jack (Boston Terrier) and Braxton (Chihuahua) had grown to love him. We were hoping for many happy years with him.

Hyden had been doing really well and we were feeling hopeful. We never did get a chance to speak with the internist after his visit on Friday. She had left a voicemail with his bloodwork results and prescribed a thyroid supplement. We were supposed to speak with her today. He got his first dose of the supplement at 6:40pm yesterday evening.

Hyden turned 3 months old December 3rd. He was thirteen weeks and two days old. He weighed only 6 ounces.

Please do not support the breeding of undersized puppies. They are rarely healthy and often never see their first birthday, even when given the best of care.


Test Results

December 3rd 2007 10:47 pm
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Dr. Locke, the internist with Central Texas Specialty Hospital that Hyden visited on Friday, called today. She said Hyden's bile acids were elevated but not as high as usually seen with liver shunt puppies. However, they cannot rule it out and we should probably retest. The results for his thyroid test were almost immeasurable at less than 0.5, which indicates he may have congenital hypothyroidism. She said this could cause his stunted growth, neurologic signs, and constipation. He will began a thyroid supplement tomorrow.


Central Texas Veterinary Hospital

November 30th 2007 1:24 pm
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Thanks to some awesome people who made donations, we raised $250 to go toward Hyden's visit to Central Texas Veterinary Hospital (http://www.ctvsh.com) today.

Dr. Locke agreed there's a good possibility Hyden has a liver shunt. They are running additional bloodwork to test for a liver shunt and also a thyroid disorder they sometimes see in puppies that causes similar symptoms. They also ultrasounded his head and do not believe hydrocephalus is the cause of his illness. We were also very relieved to hear that if a liver shunt is the cause of his illness, his tiny size would not prohibit a surgery to correct it and could help him lead a normal life.

We should have bloodwork results on Monday. We'll hopefully have a diagnosis and an idea on what the future holds for this little angel then too.

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