Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Walter Update

Walter update: As we expected, Walter's neuro issue is not cerebellar hypoplasia. He was seen by neurologist Dr Bendicenti, DVM at the University of Pennsylvania and also was evaluated with a geneticist at Penn. They agreed that he has a degenerative disease affecting the nervous system most likely a storage disease. To pinpoint which storage disease it is, it would involve a series of tests including muscle and nerve biopsies which are tedious and painful. Even with the correct one identified, there is no treatment for any of them so we will not subject him to this testing. Sadly this type of disease will progress over time. We can say Walter is in no pain so we will monitor him and allow him to enjoy his life for however long that may be. He can live a few weeks or a few months or a few years, no one knows.

Seriously Walter is a sweet guy who will purr in your arms and loves to wrestle with Sid. As long as he is happy, we are happy to care for him. Think good thoughts for Walter!

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