|Animal ID: 15-024Pippi (female)|
Yorkie Age: Puppy
|Health:|| Spayed, Vaccinations Current | Update 03/20/15: *PLEASE Read Pippi's Entire Bio... Pippi's new home *MUST* have a Fence! She has so much spunk & energy!! Is good with commands such as No, Come, Outside. She knows 'her spot' to eat, when I put their food bowls down. She *LOVES* to be outside running, picking up the small tennis ball and then running and throwing it, just to get it again! She also Loves to play with my dogs. She does not do Sit, Shake (give paw) etc. She'll back away, and I do not want to push her. She still is skittish from the first home she was in. I got my first Kiss from her today, so that made me happy! Pippi sees the Vet Thurs. 03/24 to have her ... (Read More)sutures removed. At that time, I will speak to her vet about having a dental to remove the nine baby teeth she still has. We will also go over her health. I will update after that visit. Update 03/05/2015 'Please read her earlier post to get all Pippi's prior history.' She had her spay on 03/04/2015, and because there was a possibility of an Extrahepatic Shunt (Liver Shunt), her Dr. also performed an exploratory to see if one was present. Per the Veterinarian... The entire portal system and vena cava were traced, there was no indication of Extrahepatic shunting. This does not leave out the possibility of an Intrahepatic shunt, or Microvascular Dysplasia. (Because Pippi was not showing any clinical signs of a shunt, she was taken off of the prescription LD diet and the Lactulose one month earlier.) I am posting part of an article about Liver Shunts...to see in it's entirety, go to www.yorkiefoundation.org This condition is often referred to as a 'liver shunt' but the current favored term appears to be portosystemic shunt. These have also been referred to by more exact terms since there are specific types of shunts that vary slightly. There are three shunt types: intrahepatic, extrahepatic, or microvascular. The most common is Portosystemic shunt (PSS) occurs in many dog breeds the Yorkshire Terrier is one. It is an abnormal flow of blood between the liver and the body. Since the liver is responsible for detoxifying the body, metabolizing nutrients and eliminating drugs, the blood bypassing the liver can cause indications of a possible PSS which might include, but are not limited to, neurobehavioral abnormalities, anorexia, hypoglycemia, intermittent gastrointestinal symptoms, urinary tract problems, drug intolerance, unthriftiness and stunted growth. Update 2/10/15: Pippi loves to cuddle with you, but give her a few days to trust. The same goes when picking her up. Pippi is great with other dogs, is good with my 9 year old grandson, and is also very good around men. Cats I'm not sure of, but given her personality, she would probably want to play.She is potty pad trained, but it will take about 1 week for her to start using it in a new home. She also lets me know when she needs to go outside. She will stand by the door, stop eating her food and walk away, or just keep looking at me. She loves to sleep in bed with us and will sleep all night. First thing in the morning is to let her outside. Pippi was diagnosed with a possible Liver Shunt, and her very loving & caring owner wanted to give Pippi the best, so with much sadness she surrendered her to UYR. What makes Pippi's case difficult is that she does not have any clinical signs of the most common, Portal Systemic Shunt. She does have elevated post prandial biles acids & an elevated ALT, but not to the point where you can definitely say it's a portal shunt. This is what makes her situation complicated. There are two ways to proceed...while she is having her spay, a liver biopsy can be taken. This would either confirm, or eliminate any other liver malfunctions. that is also seen in yorkies is Microvascular Dysplasia. This would be diagnosed by doing a liver biopsy. This liver defect consists of many small shunts running all through the liver. It can not be surgically fixed, but it can be managed with medication and a special diet. The other test that may or may not need to be done is called a scintigraphy. This would need to be done, if a liver biopsy doesn't show Microvascular Dysplasia or another liver abnormality. Pippi also has approximately 9 baby teeth that need to come out at the time of her spay and biopsy. (Less) Animal Location:
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