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Final results of Shadow's biopsies

Hi all,

The vet called with the final results of the biopsies taken during Shadow's surgery. For those of you who are interested, here they are: The pancreas results showed she did, indeed, recently have pancreatitis. The jejunum (sm. intestine) results were negative for anything. The liver results show she did not have MVD (microvascular dysplasia) This was the condition all the specialists were so certain she had. Basically, he said the results didn't point to anything specific, rather they just looked like the results of organs in a very sick dog.

Dr. Boyd said he has nothing firm to tell him why she was so sick other than her liver being so undersized (60% of normal, if you remember) He said since her enzymes and bile acids were so out of "whack" and the undersize factor, his best guess is that it was probably the liver that was to blame somehow. However, he says dogs w/undersized livers can, and do, live normal lives. Unfortunately, there seems to be no clear cut answer for all she had going on. I'm just relieved she's not suffering any more.

The bright spot in all of this is you. I am so completely "blown away" by all the love and care you've shown me. You have been amazingly kind and generous. Words are so inadaquate to express what I feel. God has used you in a mighty way in my life and for that I will forever be grateful.

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You are a great furmom....

Shadow and any future little one is so lucky to have you.....


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Thank you for sharing this information.

I hope you share your love with a new puppy......Shadow wouldn't want you to be without hav kisses and ear lickies!

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Thanks for sharing Leslie, my DH was just asking about you last night Yes we still think of you all the time. I am so glad you are staying with us and I too look forward to the day you announce a new little one coming home. We will all probably cry all over again but this time it will be tears of joy for you and your new furbaby.

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Thank you for sharing the results with us. It's so hard to hear, "I don't know why" when it comes to a loved one's health be they people or puppies.

Like Julie, I hope that when you are ready, you will share your love with another little pup. I hope your heart is healing day by day and your memories of Shadow bring smiles instead of tears.



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Leslie, yes, thank you so much for sharing this information. It is so disappointing, though, when things are inconclusive. All we really know for 100% is that you were the best mommy ever to Shadow and that she had so much love from you and your family while she was here on earth. God bless
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Oh Leslie, my eyes teared up again as I read this- I can only imagine what it was like when you heard the results. So glad you have stayed a part of our lives and when you are ready to share your heart with another Hav we will be here for you to share them with us.

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Thank you for letting us know the results, Leslie. I've been thinking of you often and hoped there would be more conclusive answers. Poor thing was just too sick. Simple, yet so very painful. I am also very relieved she's no longer suffering. You are a strong inspiration for so many of us, Leslie!


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Leslie, all of your forum friends were feeling "but for the grace of God" that could be me. Your pain was our pain in your struggle with Shadow. We appreciate your sharing.

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Thanks for sharing that with us, Leslie. It is at least informative, if not conclusive, and I hope gives some resolution. It's wonderful that your breeder has been so upstanding through all of this, too.

and HEATH-Y, TOO !
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