I am new to the Havanese breed. I have a special needs pup named "Jack" that is 7 weeks old. I know from reading some of the forum threads that all of you are about the betterment of the breed. Jack has an issue that LSU has diagnosed as hyper-extension of the femorotibial and tarsocrural joints biliterally of his rear legs with appropriate bone development for his age. I am not a breeder. I have not intention of being a breeder. Jack caught my heart with his indominable spirit for survival. The breeder was going to have him put to sleep as soon as she saw his disability; however, the other women that work for her talked her out of it.
I saw Jack when he was 5 weeks old and being weaned. I was there to set up a network, and I saw Jack in his pen which was very clean and well kept. Because of his back legs when he was fed he was inhaling much of the liquid up his nose and his breathing was very raspy. Jack was reunited with his littermates and mother in the evening and the littermates were approximately 4 times his size and ran all over him. I fell in love with Jack the minute I saw him and knew immediately I had to take him home with me. He needed some one-on-one TLC.
He is now 1.8lbs and twice the size he was when I got him. Jack gets around really well even with his back legs; he kind of waddles when he walks and hops when he is running. All of Jack's body functions are normal and he doesn't soil himself nor is he in any pain at all. Early in the week we went to the vet because I wanted to get him checked out and get a diagnoses on his back leg problem. He had a slight upper respiratory congestion and ear infection so I got medicine for that and then they x-rayed him and sent the images to LSU for diagnosis which the results I mentioned earlier. We are going to make an appointment with the LSU orthopedic specialist in May when my classes are over and Jack is a little older for further diagnosis.
I had to take him back to the vet again because he was vomiting and had diarreah which turned out to be coccida. The vet which is a friend of mine called me before they diagnosed the coccida and suggested that I might consider putting Jack to sleep because he would not be able to lead a full life. The very thought of it made me sick. If he were in pain or soiling himself, I wouldn't have thought twice about it; however, since he isn't and he is a happy, playful normal pup I can't do it.
I hope that all of you will be understanding and please do not blame the breeder like the vet tried too. This was my decision and I am a responsible dog owner or the breeder would not have given him to me. I love this pup and he loves his Moma. Jack is a joyful blessing. I don't know anything about the Havanese breed and I have a lot of questions because it seems that they are a little different and have some unique qualities.
I know that this is probably a little too much information, but I need to know that I have some support with this baby from somewhere.