One moment, Rocky appeared perfectly normal, the next he was extremely flat, with a high temperature that refused to stabilise, hovering dangerously close to 41 degrees. Rocky spent the next 72 hours in emergency care. To this day, there has been no explanation as to why he was so unwell. If there was an infection, or virus, it couldn’t be identified.
It was also during this time that Rocky was diagnosed as having a heart murmur. The vet suspected endocardiosis, a condition that leads to congestive heart failure, so Rocky was referred to a specialist cardiologist for an ultrasound and a conclusive diagnosis. Unfortunately the outcome wasn’t favourable. Rocky was diagnosed with an inoperable dynamic left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, consistent with early onset heart disease, a condition that is generally only found in senior cats. At the time of Rocky’s diagnosis in March 2016, he was only 12 weeks of age.
Every day that passes is a bonus, as Rocky fights for his life, Balboa style.
So, what does this mean for Rocky? For starters, he now requires medication and regular ultrasounds to ascertain whether his heart is deteriorating, or has stabilised. Rocky’s condition is so rare that there have been no studies, or papers written to support his prognosis. He will revisit the specialist in six months.
Rocky’s care has come at a huge cost. To date, his veterinary expenses have exceeded $3000, and with more specialist treatment pending, we can expect his veterinary costs to possibly exceed $4000. Rocky’s relying on us to help him, however we can’t do that without your support.
If you would like to help Rocky go the distance, to donate via PayPal, please stay on our home page and click on the donate button in the top right hand corner, otherwise our bank account details are:
Account name – Pets Without Partners Animal Rescue Inc.
BSB – 814 282
Account – 31140440
Reference – Rocky
Your donation will ensure that while Rocky is in foster care, he will have the best veterinary and home care available to him, 24/7. Donations over $2 are taxable deductions. For receipting purposes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
Thank you for your support!
We also like to thank Sam from Tails Photography for donating her time and professional services to photograph Rocky.