On the 23rd of March, Taco was snoozing away peacefully next to us on the couch when he suffered a very short but scary and unprecedented seizure. He was examined by the wonderful vets at Syd Uni and sent home for us to monitor him. A week later, in the middle of the night, he had a longer, more intense and much scarier second seizure. After an MRI we were given the heartbreaking news that our baby boy has an inoperable brain tumour.
Unfortunately the tumour is inoperable due to its size and the location in his brain. He is not unhappy or in any pain, but if left untreated he has around 3 months left before we potentially lose him entirely to a massive seizure.
Today after meeting with the canine radiology oncologist at SASH in North Ryde, we were given the good news that Taco is a good candidate for radiation therapy to shrink his tumour. After finding out that the process is much less risky than we first imagined, it’s a no-brainer for us that we have to give him the chance to fight his cancer. There is no silver bullet with this, but a definitive course of radiation therapy has less than a 5% chance of adverse reactions, and could give him another 10-15 months more time in this world that he loves so much. We’ll always cross our fingers for more but there are no guarantees.
Unfortunately time is of the essence here and we need to start his radiation treatment ASAP. Within the next 2wks to be specific. We would never expect for Taco’s health to be anybody else’s financial responsibility, but if anybody is willing to spare anything at all we would all be eternally grateful. We have almost exhausted our savings already, the credit card is nearly maxed, and while he does have pet insurance there is a cap on how much we can claim in a year and his medical care from this point on definitely goes way over that cap.
If you’ve met Taco you know he’s full of beans and full of life! He couldn’t be more loved and cared for. It’s not fair that this diagnosis has been given to such a perfect boy but we’re determined not to give up on him yet. Not while he’s still young and still happily loving life.
He will require 20 daily treatments of radiation therapy, performed over the course of one month. This treatment course will cost around $18K altogether. As with all medical issues with pets, this must be paid at the time of treatment.
Any money at all that anybody is willing to contribute would be an enormous help to us and as I said before, we would be eternally grateful.
- Niki Jeffery
- Amy Dewberry
- Jodie k Brake
- Timothy Juszczuk-Soltys
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