Bodhi Blog - Blind Dogs - 2010 Archive
- December 1, 2010 - Today is the fifth anniversary of Bodhi being diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus. He has done so amazingly well over the past 5 years. Lately his medication has been reduced. Only one seizure has been observed since eliminating one of his medications over the summer. Bodhi has been more nervous lately. I am assuming it is due to the weather, which keeps him indoors more often this time of year. Once spring comes around, he will again be spending many hours outside running around and sunbathing. I have some new video of Bodhi that I will be uploading within a couple of days.
- July 14, 2010 - Unfortunately, Bodhi had a seizure today at 12:30 p.m. that lasted for about a minute. It involved his entire body. His legs kicked outward during the entire seizure. It looks like he will have to go back on the Potassium Bromide, but I have a call into the vet to verify. The last seizure I witnessed was October 10, 2007, nearly 3 years!
- June 29, 2010 - Bodhi turned 6 years old today! He was treated with extra treats for the day and some sardines, which he loved! He is such a lucky little boy to have congenital hydrocephalus and have a nice long life (compared to some of the stories people email me). He is doing so well that, working with his new veterinarian, one medication is being eliminated. I am trying to take him off of potassium bromide by reducing his daily does over 6-8 weeks. As long as he does not have any seizures, he will be able to stay off the medication and hopefully not be so groggy from the medicines. Bodhi's adjustment to the new house has exceeded all my expectations. He learned most of the house, yard, and outside decks within 2 months. He now moves around very quickly with a fair amount of confidence. He is such a cool dog, I wish others could see how happy a challenged dog can be.
- April 21, 2010 - I uploaded some new videos of Bodhi at the new house on YouTube. The links are provided above.
- April 8, 2010 - Non-Bodhi news: Mia, the other blind dog, got out of the yard after Raudi knocked a whole in the fence while I was gone. When I got back, Mia was missing. Luckily, I found her about 30 minutes later across the street on the beach, facing the ocean. The waves were loud, due to a strong west wind, that apparently attracted her to the beach. She was wet and scared, but otherwise okay.
- March 9, 2010 - We moved 1 week ago to Ferndale, Washington. This was Bodhi's first move since adopting him. He was in the car with me during the trip. He did relatively well, except for eating. He ate only once during the trip and did not get any of his medications for over 3 days. Overall, Bodhi has been doing very well. He is adjusting to the new house faster and with less behavioral problems than I had expected. He has already learned most of the layout of the house and appears to know where the door is when he is outside.
- February 12, 2010 - I am working on a extensive list of canine hydrocephalus symptoms to help others who are wondering if their dog has hydrocephalus. Please Contact Me with symptoms you noticed prior to your dog being diagnosed with hydrocephalus.
- January 23, 2010 - Bodhi was playing with Raudi in the snow, but I was unable to get a good video since Raudi saw me every time I tried to record them playing. Bodhi was having a great time! He seems to love the snow for some reason.
- January 12, 2010 - Bodhi was limping in the morning. He kept falling down when trying to walk. He apparently hurt his back right leg again. He does this overnight occasionally. I think it is from using the dog door where there is a step down immediately outside the dog door that Bodhi seems to have trouble with once in a while. He would not eat most of the day, but his tail was wagging. He finally ate in the evening and I gave him some Rimadyl to help with the pain or any inflammation. Unless I put up a video camera, I will never be sure how he hurts his leg. It always seems to happen at night.