February 21st, 2008, 05:19 PM
My puppy (see thread: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=49615&highlight=shih+tzu+water) had his ultrasound today. The radiologist said the liver parenchyma is "slightly mottled" which indicates liver damage and alteration. It appears "sonographically older" than the age of the puppy. There is no shunt, but the portahepatis and proximal portal vein are larger than normal for the puppie's size. He said these results indicate some previous liver damage, low grade active disease, or a congenital parenchymal dysplsia. He said the enlarged veins could mean early portal hypertension. I am struggling to make sense of all this, and am worried about what it means for my puppy. I am anxious to hear from my veternarian tomorrow to see where we go from here.
I would love to hear stories good or bad about your experience with your dog's liver problems. Please help me learn what I can expect!
February 21st, 2008, 06:10 PM
Here's my post about my dog, Rudy's high liver enzymes, still pending...
He has seen the vet once since then, the levels are still high so she kept him on Denosyl and added Marin. I am giving him Milk Thistle caps every other day, despite the vet telling me to be cautious with herbs....She wants to do an ultrasound next time if they are still high.
Rudy just turned 12 so he is much older than your pup.
After the next visit, I will post if I have more information.
Good luck with your pup.
February 21st, 2008, 06:44 PM
I'm really sorry I can't offer much suggestions just hope and concern.
I'd think keeping toxicity levels at the lowest is the best thing, avoid contaminations and exposures to things that can create futher problems. Good diet (I'd suggest home prepared no dog food), and I'd stay away from vaccines if and where at all possible, and research any medication before giving it to your dog.
The liver has an unbelievable ability as the brain does to rejuvinate itself. I hope this is the case and will pray for that. :pray:
February 21st, 2008, 07:28 PM
I am sorry to hear about your puppy. :sad: :grouphug: When you talk to your vet tomorrow ask him/her about Denosyl and Milk Thistle supplements.
Good luck and keep us posted. :fingerscr :goodvibes:
Also, Dr. Jean Dodds (well respected vet) recommends a liver cleansing diet...
February 21st, 2008, 09:12 PM
I'm sorry to hear that your pup is sick, Shihtzutimes2. :grouphug: No advice for you...just wanted to wish you luck at the vet tomorrow! :goodvibes: :fingerscr
February 23rd, 2008, 01:47 AM
Thank you for your messages. I have an appointment with a specialist on monday and will know more then. Until then, I just have to keep my fingers crossed.
February 23rd, 2008, 01:49 AM
Good luck :grouphug: .....We have our fingers and paws crossed here for you too. :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: