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Maccabee has a Liver Shunt

Over the past several months, Maccabee has been sick on and off with various infections. He would start recovering and then come down with something else. Last week, we finally discovered what is wrong with him. He has a liver shunt. I'm still awaiting the results of one final test which should help determine whether it is a single shunt that can be surgically corrected (the internist visualized one large extra-hepatic shunt when she did the ultrasound) or one large shunt and additional smaller shunts.

For the next several weeks he is on several medications and supplements, and a protein restricted diet. If we learn, as we expect to, that it is only one shunt he will have surgery in a few weeks.

My vet referred us to a specialty clinic and he is being seen by an internist, who plans to refer us to a local specialty surgical group as well as the University of TN small animal clinic (my suggestion). UT is apparently THE place to go for this surgery.

I set up a consultation with Sabine (canine nutritionist) while I was still trying to figure out what was wrong with him. We are supposed to "meet" this week to come up with a diet.

As you can imagine, I am very worried about Maccabee. His breeder has been very helpful. We've spoken several times and she has contacted some people she knows regarding diets and supplements. She also offered to help care for Maccabee as he recovers.

I know the surgery has a high rate of success, but it is still very scary. Please keep us in your thoughts as we navigate unknown waters.

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hope all goes well. hugs.

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Aw, Laurie, that is scary news. It is a good thing that you are close to your very good breeders for their help, too. Are you close enough to take them up on help for caring for Maccabee during this time?

Hugs to you, tummy rubs for Maccabee.

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Oh I am so sorry to hear this. I can only imagine how stressful this must be for you.
You are getting the best care possible and I'm sure everything will be just fine. Keep us posted.... sending you positive thoughts!!!

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Awww...I'm sorry to read this. I can only imagine how scary it is for you. Sending you and Maccabee positive thoughts and well wishes.

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here's an article, good for you for reaching out to Sabine as well . http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...-pet-dogs.aspx

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Laurie, I am so sorry to hear this. I'm sure it is a very scary and uncertain time for you all. I hope and pray that all goes well for Maccabee. Is this a hereditary thing? I know your breeders do testing for this sort of thing so I was curious as to how it happens. Do you know?
Keep us posted. Hugs and licks to you and Maccabee.


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Aw, Laurie, that is scary news. It is a good thing that you are close to your very good breeders for their help, too. Are you close enough to take them up on help for caring for Maccabee during this time?

Hugs to you, tummy rubs for Maccabee.
The breeder is about 3 hours away. I have plenty of vacation time, and the internist said he should need close attention only during the first week after surgery. I'll stay home with him. If he needs more than a week or two with someone available around the clock, I may take Pam up on her very kind offer to help during his recovery.

He started on the new meds and supplements on Thursday and already seems to be feeling much better. After his bath today, he did RLH, which he has not done in months! Of course, he wore himself out and has been sleeping most of the afternoon!

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I am sorry to her about Maccabee. I do hope it is operable. If so, he will have a normal life.

Bella had a shunt. It wasn't discovered until she was 1.5 years old. One week I noticed she was extra thirsty. I also noticed she lost .2 lbs. I took her to the vet and said, I think she has a shunt. I always thought she had a shunt because she was so small. Bella was my first dog, so when the vet told me she was small for a Havanese, I was worried. It still took awhile before it was discovered though. She ate hills LD diet until she could get the surgery. The surgery went fine. In fact, it was so fast! I dropped her off and got a call a few hours later telling me the surgery went well. I don't remember it was post op, as that was so many years ago. Bella will be 9 in a few months and is healthy and happy.

Please keep us posted....xoxo





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Thanks for sharing, Linda. Your story makes me feel hopeful that all will turn out fine. Is Bella still on a special diet? Maccabee is also small. His weight has fluctuated due to his many illnesses. He topped out at 8 pounds. He was 7 pounds 10 ounces last Thursday.

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