Liver shunts cause serious and sometimes fatal outcomes in dogs. A liver shunt, or a portosystemic shunt, is a normal fetal
blood vessel that in the womb bypasses liver tissue, allowing the motherís system to filter out toxins for the developing baby.
In some animals, however, the shunt remains open after the animal is born, compromising its liver function, slowing growth,
and eventually resulting in death of many affected animals. Congenital portosystemic shunts may be repaired with traditional
surgical approaches, but a technique developed at the University of Tennessee several years ago implants an ameroid
constrictor, a tiny C-shaped piece of metal ring. The constrictor fits around the shunt, causing it to slowly shut down over
several weeks. Dogs receiving this method of surgical repair generally have a shorter surgery and fewer postoperative
complications than traditional methods.
Come join us in our continued efforts with the fight against Liver Shunts below.
PSS/PVH-MVD Brochure 2013
LiverShunt Brochure 14
Anesthesia in Small Dogs
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Buying a New Puppy? Liver Shunt Test ALERT
Do not buy any puppy unless it has had a bile acids test run before and after eating and you have
seen the results of the test. Liver Shunt is running rampant in many breeds of dogs right now and
especially in Yorkshire Terriers. Don't suffer the heartbreak and expense of finding you have
purchased a Liver Shunt Puppy and insist that this test be run prior to putting a deposit on the
puppy. Any responsible breeder will be more than happy to have their veterinarian run this very
simple blood test on their puppies.
Breeders please start testing your puppies before you sell them.
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