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INTESTINAL LYMPHANGIECTASIA
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CEREBELLAR HYPOPLASIA

As breeders of this wonderful breed we are all concerned over the health of our dogs. We have all experienced different difficulties with the breeding aspect, and have had no answers as to the many problems we have faced. I was told when I first started to breed 17 years ago that if I bred long enough that I would experience every problem there was in the breed. I have been very fortunate over the years to have not had any major difficulties with this breed. In the last two years I have had a problem that I had never seen before and wanted some answers as to the cause and the prevalence of this syndrome I was now facing. I have spoken to a few breeders in recent years that have had a puppy that developed a head shake soon after the puppy began to get up on its feet and interact with its litter mates. At first it is very subtle and you have to watch the puppy for awhile to determine if what you're seeing is correct.

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VACCINOSIS

This subject has been becoming increasingly more popular every year. What is it and What are the symptoms? Until recently there was no such name yet given to what appeared to be a severe reaction to inoculations of our puppies. Symptoms may vary from mild to death. Symptoms I have personally experienced are vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, and withdrawal from the other litter mates. These symptoms may be very subtle at first. One thing that has always been consistent is that the puppy in a very short time, will become hypoglycemic. This may be the first indication that there is something wrong. When the hypoglycemia is corrected we think we have corrected the problem, only to find out that this is only part of the ongoing problems we will face. Repeated bouts of hypoglycemia which cou1d can occur, cause death. About nine years ago I had a puppy who was very healthy become withdrawn. He refused to eat and just lay in his bed. I took him away from the other puppies so I could observe him. He developed diarrhea and vomiting during the middle of the night. The next morning I had him into the vet's office at 7am. We checked him for parvo, did x-rays and labs, and started IV fluids. We nursed him for two days before he died. This puppy was sent to Michigan State University for an autopsy; cause of death was never determined. At the time the only thing I could think of that had been done was that I had given him his first shot about five days before. I inquired if this could have anything to do with the puppy suddenly becoming ill. I was told that the shots couldn't even be considered the cause. I accepted this as my vet and Michigan State should know. It continued to bother me. Things went pretty well until about five years later and again, a very healthy puppy displayed these same symptoms. Being a nurse I felt I could treat this puppy just as well at home, and have it be less stressful on the pup. I kept him hydrated and gave him a variety of treatments. There was no vomiting or diarrhea in this puppy; he just stopped eating and became hypoglycemic. After two weeks of treatment and antibiotics he finally came around. I never found out just what the problem was. At this time I brought the issue up at our club meeting and asked the other breeders if they had ever had this problem They said no. Again this happened about five days after I had given the first shot.

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INTESTINAL LYMPHANGIECTASIA

This often misdiagnosed disease is present in the Yorkshire Terrier. You say not another genetic problem, it may or may not be. There isn't enough research to assume this at the present time. This article is intended to give you some information to help identify this disease. I have experienced the effects of this disease on one of my Yorkies. At the present tune it has not been positively diagnosed. The only sure way of obtaining a positive diagnosis is to do an intestinal biopsy. This dog is eight years old and up until now was not in good enough shape to withstand the biopsy without endangering his life. It was very hard to find out any information on this disease. Being a nurse I had access to the hospital library. This is where I was able to find out most of my information, in a text on rare diseases.

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