I spoke with the Dr. Ducote's staff about price. It will be 2,000-2,500 for a re-install of the shunt and 3,000-3,500 for a whole new one. Unfortunatly, this is only the 2nd time in her career this has happened, so she can't explain it. The only thing it could be is that as she has grown and her shunt did not pull as it should have as she grew. I have started her on steroids, this is meant to reduce the fluid build up and hopefully make her comfortable, but this is short term only. Not getting the surgery in not an option for me. She has done sooo well after her first surgery and she is a very happy dog. The past few days she has been the "old Baby Love" and I just hate it. She can't run and play like she used to, she gets confused easily, she is cranky and eating & drinking takes effort. I added canned food to her diet so she can try to keep some weight on during this waiting period. So the plan it to use the steroids and hope they serve their purpose, save some money and plan to do the surgery late summer, early fall (hopefully sooner). In the mean time I am debating my options. The re-install is cheaper but is not guranteed they won't have to replace the shunt. It also comes with a higher risk of infection. The all new shunt surgery is the ideal way to go but is more expensive.
I really appreciate you all checking in and leaving comments. I love reading them. She and I will get through this, it just will take some time and money.
Also, I will post that "awesome" video of her soon, it was her best grass hunting expedition yet and it was just before the shunt started having issues.