Wings for Will
Hiya! My name is Will! My foster mom Ellie calls me Prince William, and she’s sure treating me like royalty! I was brought into Yolo County Animal Shelter on Wednesday, May 2nd and my mom immediately brought me to the UC Davis emergency room because I was having some trouble breathing. I was covered in fleas, I had tapeworms and am still very underweight! I got a bath and my mom flea combed for hours, and I’ve been warm and fed ever since. Apparently I have something silly called a ventricular septal defect, which means that my heart doesn’t pump blood correctly. I’m on some medications for that. I also have an esophageal defect that makes it hard for me to get food down into my tummy. My doctors believe that a CT angiogram and a surgical procedure could correct my esophageal issues so that I can eat and grow to be a big boy! Although I have a serious heart condition, I could live a happy life for quite some time! My mom is dedicated to making sure that all options are pursued in order for me to survive. Please consider helping me grow the wings I need to fly!+ Read More
Update on Will! Will has recovered from his pneumonia and is doing really well! He has tripled his weight, and is about 2lbs now! Will went in for a recheck and potential surgery. Will’s diagnostic testing did not show any evidence of the esophageal problem we suspected he had. Between his initial radiographs and those take today, his lungs have significantly cleared up, there is no more dilation of his esophagus, and with the extreme risk of anesthesia (because of his heart condition), we opted to not proceed with any surgical intervention. While Will’s ability to swallow food is not perfect, it appears that it’s not severe enough to warrant a risky test, at least not right now. The last 3 weeks have seriously surprised all of us- Will has gained weight, is active and happy, and has only regurgitated once. We felt that it was more ethical to continue managing Will’s heart condition with meds, and his esophageal condition with a special diet, rather than risk death by anesthesia. We still don’t know what’s wrong with Will’s esophagus (there is definitely SOME sort of issue, but it’s not limiting his quality of life as we’d anticipated, and it’s not clear enough from x rays what the specific problem is. The only way to find out what the specific issue is, is to put him under anesthesia for a CT scan, and the anesthesia may be too much for his heart). We plan to change the composition of his diet to reflect his caloric needs. His testing will be reviewed by more specialists, he will continue his heart medications, and we will have another cardiology appointment in the near future to assess the progression of his heart disease. We would all much rather deplete the funds we raised for Will over the course of his life through rechecks, medications and appointments rather than spend it in on day on a surgery that very well may kill him. Will’s diagnostics and appointments have already surpassed $2k, and we plan to continue utilizing his GoFundMe to pay for additional recheck appointments and his medications. My goal has always been to see Will through to adoption, and while that seemed like wishful thinking 6 weeks ago, it seems to be a possibility now. We are still working with specialists to finalize our long term management plans for Will’s conditions, but it’s looking like he will be going up for adoption soon. Cheers to you Will, for making up your own rules and changing the game.
Ok big update time! Will is home. His doctors did preliminary chest x rays to make sure his heart and lungs were good for surgery. Will has pneumonia. Aspiration pneumonia (infection caused by inhalation of fluid into the lungs) is very common in animals that are regurgitating due to an esophageal issue. He has not presented with any symptoms (coughing sneezing or wheezing) and his respiratory exam was normal, so this was only caught because his doctors were extremely thorough! We don’t know what Will was eating prior to entering foster care, but his regurgitation episodes allowed us to initially investigate his esophageal issue. Although he’s been on a liquid diet and hasn’t had an episode since the switch, the initial ones + any prior to foster care likely caused his infection. This means his CT and surgery have been rescheduled for 3 weeks from today. He will complete a course of antibiotics in the meantime. I’m looking at this as a positive because 1) Will’s chances of surviving anesthesia while suffering from pneumonia are much lower- I am glad they caught it on X Ray 2) this will give him a chance to get a little bit bigger and stronger 3) it allows us to fundraise the rest of his medical bills. While it’s not necessarily what we were hoping for I’m glad to have him home and undergoing treatment for what’s going on. He’s currently playing with Milo and getting lots of cuddles
Will is in with his doctors now preparing for anesthesia and his CT scan. I had a great meeting with them and will be waiting in the lobby all day for updates. Please wish our boy well as he heads in for the first of his procedures. I am incredibly grateful and overwhelmed by the love and support Will has received from all of you. To be able to say “yes” to him, is an incredible gift that you have all given me and I promise to advocate for him to the fullest extent. I love him deeply and will update when I can ❤️
Hi everyone! Will here! Just wanted to give a big ‘ol thanks to everyone who’s supporting my journey. My mom says I am just the sweetest boy, and I sure love my cuddles! I’ve gained almost 200g since I was rescued, I have no fleas or worms anymore, and I’ve been fed and warm. I’m a happy guy and very grateful to all of you for helping me having a chance at more of this beautiful thing called life. Love, Will