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Winkle is a beautiful 15-week-old Border Terrier who has unfortunately been diagnosed with a congenital Liver shunt.
A liver shunt is when the blood vessel from the intestine bypasses the liver and goes straight into the blood stream, this has caused ammonia in Winkles blood which is also affecting his neurological system which causes him to have moments of confusion, poor balance and discomfort.
The vet has confirmed that medication and a change of diet will buy Winkle time, but it is not a cure and due to the serious nature of this condition an operation is his best chance of a long and happy life.
I lost my 10 year old Border Terrier 'Buster' unexpectedly a year ago to a brain tumour which left a large hole in our lives. My wife and I decided we couldn't live without a furry friend and we made the decision to find the next member of our family.
That's when we met Winkle!
A couple of day's after bringing home Winkle we noticed he wasn't feeling very well with a poorly tummy, sickness and he was walking around in pain.
I booked an urgent appointment with the vet who kept Winkle in for 3 nights. In this time Winkle deteriorated and was urgently put onto a drip and antibiotics. The vet didn't know what was wrong and told us we may need to make a very difficult decision in the morning if there was no improvement.
Luckily Winkle did improve at the time so we were able to take him home. Unfortunately his symptoms kept reoccurring so we took him back to the vet who kept him in for further tests. These uncovered a potential Liver Shunt so Winkle was referred to a specialist at 'Anderson Moores Vet' and the specialist confirmed this was the issue.
The specialist advised Winkle would need an operation to fix the Liver Shunt of which he is optimistic Winkle will live a full and happy life. The specialist has said currently Winkle is a bit too small and weak, and so in preparation for his operation he needs to be a bit bigger and stronger. He will have regular assessments until they are happy he is well enough for the operation hopefully in the next 4 to 6 weeks.
The the cost of the operation is an estimate of between £4-5k which does not include the potential after care costs little Winkle will need.
Unfortunately after having spent in excess £3,000 for Winkles current treatment I am struggling to find further funds for the operation and ongoing treatment.
My Vet and I have spent considerable time speaking to my insurance company but they will not cover the costs as this as classed as a pre-existing condition. We also discussed Winkles condition with the breeder to see if any of the other 6 puppies had any issues and they are all in good health, as is the mum and dad. The vet did also advise that it's very likely the breeder would not have known and this seems to be a case of being extremely unfortunate and unlucky.
We are extremely grateful for any donations that you may be able offer to assist us in this difficult time, and Winkle promises to send updates up-to and after his Operation.
Any unused fund we will gladly donate to the Border Terrier Welfare group!
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Mar 8, 2020
Wishing you well little buddy. Hope you come through ok.
Mar 5, 2020
Hope Winkle continues to improve
Mar 5, 2020
Wishing your little boy a full recovery
Mar 4, 2020
Your dedication to Winkle is inspirational. I pray with all my heart that Winkle makes a speedy recovery and is bouncing around soon x
Callie BT and her owner Jo x
Mar 3, 2020
Come on Winkle. Keep fighting
Mar 3, 2020
Wishing Winkle and his Daddy all the love and hugs in the world and a speedy recovery for Winkle.Love Elwood & Missy BTs. 💖💖🐾🐾🐾
Mar 3, 2020
In memory of my wife and our BT Tilly both of who I lost last year. My wife would have loved to help this brave little man so this little gift means he can get all the treatment and care he needs.
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