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Old 01-22-2007, 11:16 PM
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I started a topic a couple threads down about my chi having a seizure. I got her liver shunt results back but wanted to start a new topic as I was afraid no one would see the update on the other thread. I'm really stressed now. Her test came back as indicative of her having a liver shunt. The vet said the next step was to have an ultrasound done to find the location and severity of the shunt. The next step is surgery to close the shunt. From what I gather, the shunt does not allow all of her blood to enter her liver to detoxify her blood. The vet also told me without surgery she may only live a couple more years. She's only two years old now. I am going to get the surgery one way or another, I just can't get it right this second. I just paid 1500 for her stay at the hospital and the surgery plus ultrasound and extra fees are going to come to around 4,000. So two questions: Has anyone had a chi with a liver shunt? I've never even heard of this before this week. And I've looked up pet insurance to help pay but am unable to find one that covers pre-existing conditions. Does this type of insurance exist? I'm so stressed. On a side note, however, she's back home and acting like her normal self but seems to be sleeping more than usual. I'm glad she's feeling ok while I get this all figured out. Also, I put her on a low protein diet as others recommended. Thanks to all of you that responded to the previous thread and any that respond to this one. Your well wishes are appreciated.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:25 AM
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Where do you live? When I thought Cocoa may have had a liver shunt I did a lot of research and found the University of Tennessee does a lot of research and surgeries. Here is the link
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Old 01-23-2007, 01:00 AM
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Yeah, I've heard of others going to the University of Tennessee.

As far as general info on liver shunts, I know Yahoo has some boards specific to liver shunts. You might check one of those out to get a little more info. They recommended that I put Stewie on all sorts of supplements & stuff. I took the info to my vet and they actually only suggested maybe one of the things they listed. So I would check with your vet before loading your little one up on unnecessary supplements. Aside from that though, they did have some pretty good information on liver shunts & mvd in general.

You may check with your local bank. Our bank was kind enough to give us a personal loan for Stewie's surgery. And check with the place where you're having the surgery. Some places will offer loans. (Kind of like the places that give you loans for braces & stuff).

As far as insurance, I've never heard of ones that will accept pre-existing conditions.

There is still the possibility that its another liver related problem other than shunts. But, you can't find that out till they go in & test for the liver shunt.

I'll check my other laptop...I used to have a ton of links for liver shunt info on it. Assuming I haven't deleted them yet, I'll get them to you.

I'm glad that she's home & feeling better at least. Hopefully she can get all fixed soon!
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Old 01-23-2007, 01:02 AM
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i would first all explain to your vet you want the surgery done but are very tight on cash and see if theyd be willing to arrange some kind of payment plan, or perhaps they can refer you to a reaserch hospital like the university of tennessee, learning hospitals have WONDERFULL vets but tend to have lower prices or be a little more flexible with payment ect because they allow students to watch the ops and to learn.

it is scary, BUT...
now you know exactly what the problem is! this is excelent! you can now make some changes to help out. a lower protein diet should help alot, try and cut out any red meat, and do a chicken and rice based diet with low protein to help.

the surgery is involved but in young generally healthy dogs its usually got a high sucess rate with positive results.
i havent been able to find pre existing conditions insurance, but your vet might be able to help you there.

shell be sleepy. she probably didnt sleep too well at the hospital.

hope shes doing better! good luck!

and welcome aboard Ruby
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