Help Diablo - Chi pup with hydrocephalus

For: Diablo
Organizer: Ruff Life Animal Rescue
Help Diablo - Chi pup with hydrocephalus (Diablo)
of $5,000 goal
79% Complete
Raised by 70 donors
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The Story


Diablo is a neglected Chihuahua (DOB 5/9/2013) who was listed for free on Craigslist. The "owner" would not give him to a rescue as they said we would just make money off Diablo. They claimed to have gotten him two weeks prior from a backyard breeder and claimed to have gotten him back to health. We were able to get a decoy to get Diablo and he came to Ruff Life on 7/15, at 8 weeks old and 1.0 pounds. 

Upon intake, Diablo was covered in fleas, had a bulging, ruptured eye, overgrown toenails and extremely irritated skin. He had never seen a vet before!

After Diablo had his eye removed on 7/16 and was able to heal, we noticed his skull had not fully formed and he was spinning a lot, began a head tilt, and walked sideways. After a few follow up visits to Diablo's vet, we decided it was time to see a neurologist. 

On 8/7 we went to Carolina Veterinary Specialists, where Diablo was diagnosed with hydrocephalus.  Diablo was put on Prednisolone and Omeprazole. Symptoms began to get better until 11/13 when he began aspirating his food and water.

On 12/10, Diablo went back to CVS. He is spinning again, had balance issues, is still aspirating his food, among several other issues. Dr Quigley is VERY concerned about Diablo. We have increased his Pred, put him back on Omeprazole and added Meclizine. 

If we don't do anything, Diablo likely will not be around much longer. He is being referred to NC State on an emergency basis. We need to raise $3,500 for diagnostic testing to see what we can do further to help Diablo. 

Donations can be made other ways as well:
1. Via PayPal to [email protected] 
2. Via check to: Ruff Life Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1565, Fort Mill, SC 29716 *Please note it's for Diablo*

Ruff Life Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue organization. Donations made to RLAR are tax-deductible. 

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