On Monday 11th December we were told that he may only have one week left to live. After a number of vet visits, tests, and an MRI Noodles was diagnosed with Fourth Ventricle Diverticulum with secondary marked Hydrocephalus. In basic terms, he was born with a big cyst on the brain and in order to protect the brain from the infection an abnormal amount of cerebrospinal fluid is being produced.
Due to the huge amount of pressure within his skull we were originally told that our only treatment option was to try him on medication for a week or two and see if his symptoms started to improve. If we saw no improvement in that first week then he would need to be put down.
The next day we returned to collect Noodles and go through the final results of the MRI. Finally, we got great news (given the circumstances). Surgery was now a possibility, which it wasn’t before. The one week timeline on his life was gone.
For the next few weeks Noodles will be on a number of medications aimed at reducing inflammation around the brain and the rate of fluid production. As his growth has been stunted by this and he is very underweight we also need to allow a few weeks for him to grow and get stronger before surgery. Our next goal is to raise enough money within the next month to be able to afford the surgery.
The surgery itself involves inserting a shunt into Noodles’ skull which will have a tube running from there down under the skin to his abdomen. The shunt is permanent, and every day for the rest of his life we will need to squeeze that shunt in order to transport some of the fluid from the brain, down to the abdomen.
Unfortunately he will have permanent brain damage, however this does not mean that he won’t have quality of life. He still may very well live a happy life after all of this.
As Noodles is still so young and you never expect for a puppy to go through something like this, we didn’t feel that there was too much of a rush to get Pet Insurance so only very recently we have signed up for it. As we are still within the 30 day cooling off period our insurance will not cover any of the medical bills we have paid so far or the surgery. This is why we are desperately seeking your help, so we can save our little man and give him a second chance at life.
Noodles means everything to us, he is so much more than just a pet. He is our baby, best friend, and the sun in every day. We can’t imagine a world without him. We would be eternally grateful to everyone if we can raise even a little bit of our goal.
If we happened to raise more than the set goal, anything extra will be put into a savings account for all future medical expenses that Noodles may have. His journey doesn’t end once the surgery is over, so every dollar now will count towards his future.
To meet Noodles and follow his story, head over to www.instagram.com/noodlesthedachsie
Here’s happy little Noodles on his first walk, we’re hoping to see that spring back in his step soon!
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