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Dude Updates

February 6th, 2021
I haven't done the best job of keeping everyone updated on Dude! Here's a general overview of the past SEVEN years:

Dude has done amazingly well over the years. He still has unrepaired hard and soft palate clefts as surgery was not recommended. If you met him, you'd never know there was anything unusual about him as he's adapted to a relatively normal life. Dude eats dry kibble without issue and can swim, play and retrieve birds like any other Vizsla.

He remained very small, weighing about 36lbs at his adult weight. We've had two rounds of pneumonia in the past seven years, both were mild and responded quickly to antibiotics. Both times he had pneumonia I was able to tell he was 'off' and get him diagnosed and treated very early on.

In January of 2020 Dude suffered from a cervical FCE (a type of stroke). This rendered him unable to feel any of his extremities and unable to walk. Thanks to our amazing vet (Dr. Meg Wright, Powers Ferry Animal Hospital), Dude responded to treatment and we have continued physical therapy at home. Dude is now able to walk, jump and run without issue. He has distinct neurological deficits which have earned him the nickname "Noodle Legs," but he's come a long way and I am so incredibly grateful for that. 

Dude is turning gray and I can't believe he'll be eight this year, but I'm grateful for every day with him and can't imagine how I ever lived without his infectiously joyful spirit. I will work to upload new photos of him in adulthood as time allows.

If anyone is struggling with a cleft puppy, please don't hesitate to reach out to me - I am happy to help in any way I can. 
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