Our 6-month-old Cane Corso was born blind and has hydrocephalus. Is euthanasia in her best interest?
I'm sorry to hear your dog was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Visual deficits and blindness can be commonly seen with this disorder. There are some dogs that can live a normal, healthy life if this is their only symptom. Other potential symptoms include behavioral problems, slow learning, dizziness, and epileptic seizures. In general, hydrocephalus is a "plumbing" problem with the brain; therefore, there is the potential that these other symptoms will develop over time. You can always talk to a veterinary neurologist to get a second opinion. An MRI of the brain may help give you more information about her condition and prognosis for the future. Most importantly, if her quality of life is good right now, I would not consider putting her down and would instead simply try to adapt to her visual deficits.