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MaydaysMom
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posted 11-18-2003 01:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaydaysMom     Edit/Delete Message
Hello I adopted a 9 week old chi about a month ago. Her name is Tootsie, she is a black and tan with an apple head. When I brought her home she was only 2 pounds! I have never owned such a tiny dog before. The vet said she had a soft spot on her head and that it should grow togethor.
I had never really noticed it before but now I can definately feel it. How long does it typically take for soft spots to come togethor? Should I be worried?

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puttin510
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posted 11-19-2003 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I've never really heard of this on a dog. Babies yes. I know my kids took months to have the spot close. Maybe someone else can add to this. Can you post any pics of your new pup?

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MaydaysMom
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posted 11-19-2003 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaydaysMom     Edit/Delete Message
I would love to post some pics of her. However I will have to look through some past posts to find out how. Its not visible when you look at her but you can feel the round spot ontop of her head. It worries me if she would run into something or have a cat thud her on her head.
She dosent seem to be affected by it at all. I have never had a little dog before but I dont think I will ever go back. She is the most hillarious dog I have ever seen! For only being 2 # She has the biggest personality. When she is running around it seems like she should be shouting IM CUTE LOVE ME I AM CUTE! haha she is just tooo adorable.

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puttin510
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posted 11-20-2003 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
She sounds like she knows she is loved. Do you have a digital camera. If so you need to upload the pics to a spot like www.imagestation.com . After you do that you right click and copy the properties(URL) on paper, then when you want to post a picture on this forum you put
[img]your URL[/img

There is a post called posting pictures that explains possibly better than me. Can't wait to see pictures of lil tootsie.

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ilovemaltipoos
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From:Grant ,Alabama..USA
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posted 11-20-2003 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemaltipoos     Edit/Delete Message
First ...an apple head chi is a chi with water on the brain ...I believe it is called
hydrocephalous ,the fact that breeders call them apple heads simply means they found a word to convince people that the dogs were meant to be that way .It is a deformity .
Second ...the soft spot is 'open fontanel" that is where the skull does not completely close and can happen in any dog but can(not always ) close later as growth happens,it is vey similar to a soft spot in a babies head and if hit can cause death .But this is more common in Chi's and is a genetic defect .This info is supplied to me to give you by my vet .Williams Animal clinic .

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ilovemaltipoos
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posted 11-20-2003 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemaltipoos     Edit/Delete Message
I would love to see her too ,bet she is a doll ! Puttin ,you are in a picture posting mood today ! You go girl ! OR 'You rock dude !...Cool !

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puttin510
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posted 11-20-2003 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I sure am. And it is,you go girl.LOL. My hubby finally got things straigthened out and I can finally use my camera which I have had for months. My kids don't like me to put their pictures online, I sure as heck like to photo dogs.

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ilovemaltipoos
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posted 11-20-2003 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemaltipoos     Edit/Delete Message
So do I when I have the time .I love to take picts of Sam the man and the others ,just everytime I think I got my camera and program figured out ,something else goes wrong with it or me ? (like not putting batteries in ) LOL !

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MaydaysMom
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posted 11-22-2003 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaydaysMom     Edit/Delete Message
Oh wow. I didnt get her from a breeder. Her momma and sister were found in an abandoned house with 5 other sets of moms and babies. They were living in their own waste and no food. I am more of a big dog person but as soon as I saw her I had to take her home! I dont have a digital camera as of yet. I went to upload some pics of her that I have saved on my comp at the picture trail website and it keeps telling me that it is unavailable.
How scary! Can this cause long term deffects? Is there anything I can do for her?

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ilovemaltipoos
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posted 11-22-2003 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemaltipoos     Edit/Delete Message
As far as helping her ,more than apt if the soft spot is not too large it will close eventually ,just watch her close .Now as far as the water on the brain ,take her to your vet and see what he/she recommends , if there is any treatment .I did not ask about that part and would not like to give vet advice anyway .I am not a vet .However ,I was told that sometimes that can be treated and sometimes not but can cause problems .

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