[ SHOWGSD-L ] Deformed Puppy - UPDATE

  • From: barbara17236@xxxxxxx
  • To: Showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 18:30:34 -0400

Hi All:
First, let me thank all of you who have contacted me privately with 
condolences, and interest.? I feel any time we can learn something new, we 
should go for it.

Second, I just received an email from my reproduction vet.? The puppy has Spina 
Bifida -?? failure of the neural tube to close completely. Not common, but I 
have seen it before. 
?
I have been researching this topic on the Internet (gee, what did we do before 
the Internet was born), and it appears Folic Acid plays a role in this defect.? 
By supplementing with Folic Acid prior to breeding, and throughout the 
pregnancy, you can reduce your chances of this defect by 70%.? I have never 
used Folic Acid on my bitches but I guess I will from now on.? 

Well, we learned something new, and made a positive from a negative...I am a 
happy person now!

B Hively


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