Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11/14/2012 - Switching Cletus' Food

11/14/12 - Happy Wednesday!!  Cletus continues to beat all the odds as we approach the 15 week mark without a known seizure.  We have adjusted his CSF control medications and I believe we have found the right dosage for him finally.  He goes off of one medication in a few days so we might have one more adjustment but we will see.

I am in the process of switching the boys food as they really seem to hate the diet food they are eating.  The new food is also diet but hopefully the dogs will like it better.  Honestly, the old food did even smell bad and I am hoping that it was the food that was causing Cletus' gas issues and it will stop with the switch.  It takes about a week to switch to the new stuff as we slowly mix more and more of the new food in with the old food: First 3 days is 1/4 new to 3/4 old, next 2 days is 1/2 new to 1/2 old, last 2 days is 3/4 new to 1/4 old. 

We are on day 5 and so far they both love the new food.  Cletus eats all the food in the bowl while Magnum tends to throw some of the old food on the floor as he picks out the new stuff so I can't wait until the transfer is complete.

Love to all,

Doug and Cletus

We will continue to raise awareness of schizencephaly and get Cletus' story told to try to save other animals with this condition. We can't do this alone... we need your help...

The more exposure we can get for Cletus, the more likely it is that we can help other animals out there suffering from schizencephaly. Cletus can't be the only one with this condition. Animals must be getting misdiagnosed and dying from schizencephaly due to vets not understanding what they are dealing with. Help us get the word out about Cletus and schizencephaly.

Open lipped schizencephaly is a congenital cerebral malformation where spaces or clefts remain where the cerebral hemispheres would normally seal shut shortly after birth.  Extremely rare in humans, this malformation has never before been known to be reported in a dog making Cletus very special to the doctors even though he has been special to me for a long time.  There are great resources available online to learn more about schizencephaly or please contact your physician with questions pertaining to your specific case.  It is my understanding that each individual with this condition has unique experiences in relation to the condition.

Cletus is special in so many ways... not only does his diagnosis make him unique and hopefully able to help find advances in the care and treatment of schizencephaly in both animals and humans, Cletus is honestly the smartest dog I have ever had... and he is missing half his brain! Cletus is AMAZING!!

I have 2 rules when it comes to Cletus' care...
Rule 1 - Cletus' pain level must be low...
Rule 2 - Cletus' quality of life must be high...

As long as these 2 rules are met, I will continue to do anything I can for him and will continue to spend whatever it takes to give him a chance for a "normal" and happy life. Sadly, Cletus' medications, treatments, acupuncture, physical therapy, etc costs over $1,000.00 each month. We are unable to cover any of the costs with pet insurance as insurance does not cover this condition, the University will not cover any associated costs being that they are a "teaching hospital run mainly through donation", and we have not been able to raise any money so far by any other means other than a grand total of $70 brought in through his last campaign which covered a couple of pills.

Basically... WE NEED YOUR HELP...

If you can, please donate to Cletus' campaign

If you know of a source who can help us get Cletus' story into any magazines, articles, blogs, web pages, on TV, radio, etc, please let us know or contact those sources about Cletus. Cletus and I do not mind doing interviews or attending groups, educational workshops, etc to bring attention to schizencephaly in animals or humans. We want to do anything we can to teach and bring attention to the veterinary and medical communities about schizencephaly.

Please help us to get the word out about Cletus and schizencephaly. Contact your local news organization about Cletus or have your local news organization contact me directly at

Please help us by contacting Ellen through FB and tweet through the avenue below...

Submit Cletus' story to Ellen for us to potentially be on her show:

Tweet her:

STATISTICS (As of April 2012):
As far as Cletus' doctors are aware, Cletus has the only known reported case of open lipped schizencephaly in a canine. The key word here is reported. Most vets are not aware that schizencephaly exists or they are not aware that this condition is possible in an animal. Cletus is living proof of this possibility.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are 78.2 million dogs in the U.S. ( Some sites state that schizencephaly affect 1.54 per 100,000 people. According to, schizencephaly affects 1 in 2719 people or 0.04% of the population ( The fact is that no one is sure how many people schizencephaly truly affects. If we assume these same statistics in dogs, it equates to up to 31,280 dogs out there with schizencephaly in the U.S. alone.

Cletus and I want to thank the following Websites/Magazines/TV Stations/Etc for sharing Cletus' Story:
- ABC TV affiliate WCJB TV20
*** If I missed anyone, please let me know, thanks***

Thank you for your support,

Doug & Cletus

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