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3 1/2 years ago, my dog became very ill. after taking him to 3 different vets, 2 thought it was a liver shunt. both vets suggested surgery to see what was going on with the liver and hopefully repair it. one vet was going to do the procedure lapriscopically. the other was going to open his belly wide open.
we opted for the first vet who is now his current vet. we found out his liver was fine ($3,000.00 later) and his issue was not liver but addisons. my dog did the bile test, blood work, etc. etc. etc. my suggestion is see if they can do another blood test for addison. unfortunately, my dog had to be scoped first but the vet had a hunch something was up and did the additional blood work which came up addisons. now he's great. if we had gone with the second vet who wanted to open him up, he would have never been diagnosed with addisons and i don't think he would have survived the surgery. he was very sick at the time.
go on line and see if there is a specialist in your area. we drove an hour to the other clinic to get a second opinion. take the time and see who else you can get a second opinion from, ask friends who have dogs who their vet is, etc. etc.
good luck. i hope all works out but please, get a second opinion.