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A diagnosis of liver shunt or disease need not be a death sentence for your dog. We can provide diet and supplement suggestions to help manage severe symptoms of portosystemic shunt such as hepatic encephalopathy. Research articles are available so owners have a better knowledge base during vet visits. Dogs with liver shunt/disease need regular veterinary care.
The top 10 breeds being studied at Cornell by Dr. S. Center, for a genetic link to liver shunt are:
Yorkshire Terriers
Maltese
Tibetan Spaniels
Cairn Terriers
Miniature Schnauzer
Norfolk Terriers
Havanese
Papillon
Pugs
Shih Tzu

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Neurological-excessive blinking, squinting in the light, staring, head-pressing, tremors, walking in circles, drooling, aggression, stumbling or incoordination, walking into walls, lethargy, seizures, excessive vocalizing

Urinary-crystals, bladder/kidney stones or urinary tract infections, urine that's too dark or too pale, difficulty urinating, frequent urination, excessive thirst

Gastrointestinal-picky eater, thin, failure to grow, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hiccups, burping, pica, constipation, hypoglycemia

Other-jaundice, thin coat, dry/dull coat, low energy, itchiness, dark patches on skin, seborrhea, ear infections, vaccine reaction,delayed blood clotting, ascites

Advice is intended to help you work with your vet and not as a substitute for veterinary care.

Olga owner/moderator
Marie moderator
Sheree moderator

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  • Dogs
  • Jul 4, 2008
  • English

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