Hi Jee, so sorry to hear what you'e going thru, here's a link for more info. We have several members who've been thru surgery with great success, I'll let them chime in. If no one informs the breeder, they may not know about it. All the best to you and a speedy recover for Gendry.
Thanks for the great video Sam. We will get an update later this morning after his ultrasound. I'd love to hear from people who have successfully been through the surgery. It is so scary not knowing what will happen.
Jee...I am so sorry about what you and Gendry are going thru. I have no experience with it but wanted to add my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted on how he is doing.
Thanks for the well wishes and support. Gendry does in fact have an Extra-hepatic (outside the liver) liver shunt. He is staying at the hospital for another night until the surgeon can see him. He looked perky and happy when I visited today. I feel so much better knowing what the problem is and that it has a solution with a pretty good 85% positive outcome. Surgery is still a scary prospect, but we will do what we have to do to get this pup better! He will have to wait to have surgery until his stats improve and he gains some weight. They said his liver is very small and they can't determine which vessel is causing the problem so he will need a CT scan. At least he gets to come home tomorrow!
Hi there, my 4 year old Corgi, otherwise healthy and asymptomatic, has elevated ALT and bile acids test. We go for an ultrasound on 11/3. Would you mind sharing your experience and let me know how Gendry is doing?
It is so helpful to hear from others who have been thru the similar experience.
May I ask if they also had bile acids tests? My corgis ALT have been 306, 289, then 306 after denamarin for a month.
Were your corgis numbers higher than 306?
Thank you for the input!
Heartbroken to hear this about your beloved Gendry. I hope I didn't open old wounds for you....not sure you can ever get over such a huge loss. I am scared but optimistic. The ultrasound is Nov 3rd, so I will cross my fingers until then. Thank you for sharing your experience and God bless.
Good Lord. I'm so sorry to hear of this sad and difficult news.
I think you're so right about the money motive too often seen in "care" offered by some (not all) veterinaries. Back in my German shepherd phase (which occupied most of my adult life), I once had a veterinary suggest a pup was so infested with dysplasia that I should pay to have BOTH HIPS replaced. Fortunately, by then I had already developed the "ALWAYS GET A SECOND OPINION" philosophy. Second vet noted the X-ray the first group had done was so poor nothing could be concluded from it; did a second X-ray; sent it in to OFA; and produced a report from OFA experts opining that if the dog had hip dysplasia, it was so minimal that it could and should be ignored.
Heartbreakingly, it sounds as though the best advice for this pup would have been to put him to sleep. If I'm not mistaken (and yes, I'm often mistaken...), putting the dog and you through all that suffering was criminal. But profitable. Very profitable.