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post #1 of 136 (permalink) Old 11-05-2007, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Liver Shunts

I would like to request that all of you who have small Havanese, take your puppies in for Bile Acid Series. Here is my story:

Roxie is 7 1/2 months old and weighs 5.8#. She has always been small and has gained steadily, but slowly. Because of Shadow's story, my knowlege of pathophysiology (as an RN) and my breeder's encouragement, we had her Bile Acids tested on Friday. (My vet didn't beleive that Roxie's petiteness was an issue!)

We received the results today and they are abnormal (although not as bad as many who have posted on this sight.) My vet says that she has atleast one liver shunt. He is referring us to UC Davis (he will call them and they will call us with an appointment.)

This is sometimes a correctable condition. I am hoping it is for us.
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I am so sorry to hear about this and kick your vet in the butt! I am glad that you were all over getting the test done anyways and have the education to pursue it. It is great that you have a referral and keep us posted.

I have gone thru the round of test for Belle because my friend's yorkie had a few liver shunt surgeries back when they were puppies. Belle is just thin and it is probably because she doesn't sit down. Since they I just decide to do yearly blood test on the girls. They don't always communicate to us that they aren't feeling well and I think this can be the best way to catch something early.


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Cheryl, I am very sorry to hear about little Roxie. I am glad, however, that you and your breeder told your vet to go ahead and do the acid bile test anyway. At least you found the problem before it could get any worse and I will keep both you and Roxie in my thoughts and hope that her shunt will be easily fixed.

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Hi Cheryl,
I hope that Roxie's condition is treatable easily and she will have good, healthy life.

Other than being petit, did she have any other symptoms?

Wish you and Roxie all the best!

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I am so sorry about Roxie's liver shunt and am hoping that it is easily correctable. Roxie is really lucky to have such a good mommy and breeder on her side.

Bugsy and I are sending good vibes your way.

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I am so sorry to hear about Roxie. Anything we can do please let us know and we will be there for you. You have the best breeder and U.C. Davis is one of the best in the country. I have you, Charlie, Brutus, & Roxie in my prayers, and that your persistance has found it early on and she will be fine. Keep us posted on when she gets her appointment.

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post #7 of 136 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 05:25 AM
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Cheryl thank you for your post...

We're all hoping Roxie's is correctable.

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post #8 of 136 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 06:10 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear the news of Roxie, but thank you for sharing. I too, wonder if there were any other symptoms to which you felt the need for the test.
Keep us up to date and we will send good vibes and prayers your way.

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Cheryl, I was so sorry to read this!! I would be so mad at that vet!! Did they not read the standard of the breed???? I know there are some larger than the standard (like my piggies) and some small, but when they are as small as Roxie, they should have known and done testin!! that makes me mad
Kisses and hugs to you and Roxie for a good outcome with the specialists.

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Cheryl, Roxie is lucky to have a persistent mom like you. I hope she is easily treatable. thank you for sharing.

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