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Kira, a 6 month old mini dachshund, has been diagnosed with the neurological disease Hydrocephalus. Help give her a second chance at life!

Kira's Story


Meet Kira, our 6 month old long-haired miniature dachshund puppy. She has two parents; Graham and Jessica, and a brother, Cooper.

Kira had a very feisty, playful personality. She would always want to wrestle and chase her brother, biting his ears while making a cute growling noise earning her nickname "our little gremlin."

But Kira had a sweet side, too. She loved getting her belly rubbed and was very generous with giving kisses. She would always be one to cuddle, and we would wake up most mornings with her bundled up by our heads.

Sadly, Kira doesn't act this way anymore. The first week of November, we noticed a slight change in her personality. She didn't want to be affectionate with us, she wasn't interested in playing, and she developed a strange pacing behavior. She would walk around the room with no purpose other than simply to keep moving. After bringing her to our normal vet, they thought she was experiencing pain from teething. After a couple of weeks with no improvement, we decided to bring her to Tufts Veterinary Hospital in Grafton, MA. 

They were very glad that we brought her in, because they recognized that something was seriously wrong with Kira. After an initial exam, they determined that Kira could either have a problem with her liver or a neurological problem. Tufts was desperately hoping to find that she did have a liver problem problem that they could treat with medicine or surgery because neurological problems are very difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat.

After a few days of running tests, unfortunately, Tufts got back to us with grave news. They confirmed that she in fact had a neurological problem.

We decided to bring her to Dr. Allen Sisson at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston, one of the best Veterinary Neurologists in the area. After giving her an MRI and a thorough neurological exam, the news became even worse. Dr. Sisson was able to diagnose Kira with Hydrocephalus, a brain disorder that literally translates to "water on the brain." The cells in Kira's brain and spinal cord don't absorb fluid as they should, causing an abnormal amount of cerebro-spinal fluid surrounding her entire nervous system. This causes a lot of pressure on her brain, resulting in her drastic change in behavior in the short term, and loss of brain tissue and death in the long term.

If it goes untreated, Hydrocephalus will take Kira's life.

But there is hope.

Kira will likely require a surgery to place a shunt in her brain to redirect the flow of fluid in her nervous system. This will alleviate the pressure on her brain and likely allow her to recover! She'll never be 100% herself again, but she'll be very close to normal.

Unfortunately, the surgery is extremely expensive. The entire ordeal will likely cost anywhere from $8,000 to $12,000. She will also need follow up appointments to track her progress. Kira's parents sadly do not have the money to pay for her treatment.

That's where you come in. If you feel Kira deserves a second chance at life, please consider donating to her cause. Your generosity will go directly towards her medication, surgery, and with any luck, appointments on her road to recovery.

When we first got Kira, we were looking forward to being with her for many years. Without your help, she won't last one. We love and miss our little gremlin, please help us bring her back!



Graham, Jessica, and Cooper

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