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liver shunt

well, django was off the charts text book liver shunt problem. i'm glad only because we now know what the problem is and we can get him on medication and food specific to this problem. get him feeling better and then he goes in for his procedure october 2nd.

i have a trip planned for over seas in 2 weeks and the vet said i could wait until we return to do the procedure. when he goes in they will determine then if they need to put the ring around his liver or if he needs to be on medication because the procedure won't work. either way, i have a hugh sigh of relief, agian, i'm not happy about the diagnosis but we know what it is and my dog can get on some meds and food and hopefully feel better in just a few days.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-22-2008, 02:28 PM
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I'm glad you got a diagnosis and now know what to address. Django is beautiful, hugs to him that he's doing better soon!

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Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about Django. But there are alot of people on the Forum that have dogs with liver shunts or liver issues. They can give you alot of information. Yes, the diet in the mean time is very, very important. When the toxins build up in the blood stream, the dog doesn't want to eat. If you can get those down with a lower protein, lower fat diet, Django will feel better and have a better appetite. I'm sure those with dogs with liver problems on the Forum will be a great source of support during this. Hugs to you and Django,

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Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. Hugs to you and I know there are lots of people to help with advice and other groups.


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Oops....forgot to add...you might want to join 2 yahoo groups that have excellent info and support. They were of help to me with my prior Havanese.

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/L...ec=group&slk=1

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I'm sorry to hear of Django's diagnosis. You are right though, at least now you know what is wrong and can start making him feel better.

Feel better soon Django.

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Not knowing is far worse. At least now you can have a plan of action. Best wishes and hugs to you and Django.
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I'm sorry to hear Django has a liver shunt. At least now you can get him the care he needs though. It's got to be very frustrating to be dealing with illness all this time and not have a good solid diagnosis. Hugs to you and him both!
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First of all I have a dog with Liver problems, have been through all the testing, and can be of support to you.

However, I am a bit confused. You said that the bile acids were just drawn this morning and you were not expecting the results until tomorrow. Did you get them early? Did they draw any liver enzymes: ALT or Alk Phos? How were those?

When you say the results were off the chart, what were they? I am sorry to say that elevated bile acids COULD mean their is a liver shunt, but it is not diagnostic in itself. Diagnostic imaging is usually the next step.

What kind of diet did your vet recommend? Since Django is symptomatic and has elevated bile acids, he needs to be on a low protein diet. The type of protein is also important. There are also supplements to be considered.

This is my favorite website that I have found: http://www.idexx.com/animalhealth/an...r0905final.pdf

I also recommend the yahoo groups that Jean mentioned.

Please PM me or e-mail me (my e-mail is in my profile) if you would like to discuss this further.

BTW--where are you going on your trip?
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oh I am so sorry to hear that Django has a liver issue. knowing is better-- now you can treat it. Did he give you a food for Django. I hope he starts feeling better soon. Yes! where are you going?




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