Thyroid dwarfism is a life altering condition that affects Bruno’s joints and overall quality of life. This poor boy recently had his left ACL repaired in the spring due to his condition. He had to have his right ACL repaired last week. Bruno is a charming boy who needs us now more than ever. We are lucky to have a forever foster home that cares for Bruno and understands his limitations. Please consider donating towards his care.
7/10/14 – Forever Foster
Bruno is in a forever foster home with our trainer in Connecticut. He has a condition called congenital hypothyroidism. Additionally, Bruno has been confirmed as having pituitary dwarfism, which apart from affecting his size, carries risks of a weakened immune system and early kidney disease. For this reason, the vet at Penn recommended that Bruno start a prescription diet for kidney support, as a precaution. He will also be going to Penn for growth hormone injections to help delay the kidney disease. We need help with both canned and dry prescription food.
Bruno is feeling much better. He is now a happy and energetic boy. Bruno’s diagnosis is not Parvo, as initially suspected. He has a condition called Congenital Hypothyroidism, which is a rare and underdiagnosed congenital endocrine disorder. This disorder may cause a wide range of clinical signs, depending upon the primary defect, which affects the production of the thyroid hormones. Hallmark clinical signs are mental impairment and skeletal developmental abnormalities, resulting in disproportionate dwarfism. What this means is that Bruno’s bones have not fully developed, nor have his teeth. At 10-12 months old, he has the teeth of a 2-3 month old pup. In addition to the physical issues, Bruno has not been socialized much. He will need to be on twice daily medication for the rest of his life, just like any other thyroid deficient dog. Bruno was released from the vet hospital today, and has found a special foster home to care for him. Updates will be posted as he settles in.
Bruno was surrendered to the shelter on Tuesday. The owner indicated that his vet had no idea what was wrong with Bruno, so the owner left him at the shelter. Bruno had to be rushed to the emergency hospital. He tested negative for Parvo, but is showing all the signs and symptoms. Since they can sometimes initially test negative and then a few days later, test positive, he is being treated as a Parvo case at this time.
Bruno’s bloodwork is showing a decrease in white blood cells. He is also vomiting, has diarrhea, and is dehydrated. Bruno is being started on IV fluids, antibiotics, nausea medication, and pain medication. He will be moved to the isolation area to recover for at least 4-5 days. Bruno will be on fluids and supportive care during this time.
Once Bruno is released, we will need a foster home for him. At this time, since we do not have a definitive diagnosis, we are looking for either a home with no other dogs or possibly with an adult dog who is current on all vaccines.
The estimate for Bruno’s vet bills is $2,000-3,000. Please consider making a donation towards Bruno’s care. We will update his page as soon as we have more information from the vet hospital.