I'm new to the Board and did post an intro in the general discussion forum and told a bit of our story. Now that it looks like we've neared the end, I thought I would post here in case any one else comes against this problem.
Fable has been a wonderful puppy! extremely smart (I think that's in the breed .. they're perfect dontcha know
) We took him in to get neutered at 6 months and was asked if we wanted his blood work done before the operation to test his liver. We said, of course. So, they phoned and said his ALT was elevated ... 318 to be exact. Needless to say, we didn't get the operation done. He was put on Hepato Support for a month and then we went in for another test. His ALT had gone up to 680. We were scared.
So, last week, we had the bile acid test done. I just got the results today! His before was 6.6 (normal range 0 - 16) and his after was 24.7 (normal 0 - 22). So we've ruled out liver shunt, thank god! Our vet said that we should just go on living at this point. To not feed him a high protein diet and to make sure to mention that his liver isn't perfect if he ever needs an operation so that they can change the meds around for him.
All in all it was an incredibly scary experience! I know that we now face a future of watching his diet ... and getting scared if he gets even a little bit sick .. but he's with us and doesn't need any treatment.
The saving grace .. he has absolutely no sypmtoms and all his other levels were perfectly normal
Anyways, if someone ever has questions or wants to know more, feel free to PM me
In the meantime, I'm going to go and enjoy my little man