Local Dog Diagnosed With Rare Condition Never Before Seen in Pets
Published October 16th, 2012
HIGH SPRINGS - Pet owners are known to go to extraordinary lengths to protect and nurture their furry family members. But one local dog owner continues to care for his dog, even though the odds are stacked heavily against him.
Doug Silber adopted 'Cletus the Bloodhound' two years ago. About nine months after taking him home, Cletus began to suffer from seizures.
After a series of tests, and numerous diagnoses, Cletus was eventually found to suffer from a condition called open-lip schizencephaly, which causes spinal fluid to build up in his skull, destroying brain tissue.
Although there is no cure for the condition, Cletus takes numerous medications everyday to combat the symptoms. Some veterinarians have told Silber to put cletus down, but he refuses, as long as Cletus continues to live pain-free.
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