Rosita: Hydrocephalus Pup Struggling with Seizures

Rosita: Hydrocephalus Pup Struggling with Seizures

Rosita, only 2.8 pounds, was rescued from deplorable conditions in Santa Domingo. She was underweight and showing signs of neurological concerns. Rosita is presenting as if she has hydrocephalus or another congenital malformation. Rescuers in Santa Domingo asked if Near and Far Animal Foundation can receive her so she can get the medical care needed that’s not available to her in Santa Domingo. Near And Far Animal Foundation answered that call and immediately transported little Rosita to New York.

Near and Far Animal Rescue started Rosita on a medication protocol. She has neurological concerns but she seems to be managing. And we do think there is some vision issues along with an irritated right eye. She isn’t blind but she might have a visual perception deficit due to her neuro condition.

Since arriving from Santa Domingo, Tiny but mighty Rosita has been blooming. Her eating and hydration habits are fantastic. She has gained healthy weight and her skin and coat look great! And, she also started to play and interact with rescuers and her new toys.

Everything was on track for a full recovery, until this week.

On Thursday night, out of nowhere, Rosita started to have seizures. Watching her tiny body twist and thrash was beyond heartbreaking. Rescuers could not chance further degradation due to seizures, so she was rushed to UPENN Medical Center.

At UPenn, Rosita was started on anti-seizure medications and IV fluids. She was monitored carefully throughout the night under the watchful eyes of the ER team and moved to neurology department for further testing. So far the new combo has kept her free from any new episodes. Her hydrocephalus diagnosis was confirmed by ultrasound. Dilated ventricles were observed so after a discussion with Rosita’s neurologist, rescuers opted to not have her undergo an MRI. The course of treatment would be the same as her current protocol.

Rosita was released to go home, without any additional seizures, on August 2nd She will remain under the care of her foster and founder of Near and Far Animal Foundation. But, the path forward will be a difficult one for Rosita. She is on 3 daily medications now along with 2 antibiotics for her right eye. They stained her eye to make sure there wasn’t an ulcer. She has chronic dry eye due to lack of tear productivity.

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Updates

Rosita is doing well! This little girl is handling the increase in medications like a champ. 

Her appetite is ferocious and she is sassy as ever! But, she still loves to cuddle in your arms which makes her foster mom very happy.

She is on 3 daily medications, along with 2 antibiotics for her right eye. They stained her eye to make sure there wasn’t an ulcer. She has chronic dry eye due to lack of tear productivity. Rosita was put on anti-seizure meds, along with adjusting her current medication. So far the new combination has kept her free from any new seizure episodes. 

Her hydrocephalus diagnosis was confirmed by ultrasound. Dilated ventricles were observed. After a discussion with Rosita’s neurologist, we opted to not have her undergo an MRI.  The course of treatment would be the same as her current protocol. 
 

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