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Finnegan, my almost 6 month old fluff is having liver shunt surgery next monday. Has anyone else had experiance with a congenital liver shunt? He is acting so normal and active, I have been in denial that this little 2.6 pound baby is having major surgery in a week. Please send positive thoughts his way over the next few weeks. And any experiance that you can share would be great.
 

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I know absolutely nothing, but I want to send you good wishes on your baby's surgery. I'm so sorry this is happening. :-(
 

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omg, i am so sorry little finnegan is having to have such a major surgery at such a young age! how was his liver shunt diagnosed? where are you having the surgery done? have you let the breeder know about this yet?

there are other people on this forum with a lot of knowledge of liver shunts and can give you more information, but i do want to wish you and little finn the best.
 

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Finn has been on my mind.
I have no first hand experience with liver shunt, but a friend's dog did have the operation as a young pup and is living a normal, happy life!
He is going into the operation feeling fairly well, we can hope that he will come away with perfect health.
I will be praying for Finn and your family.
Please keep us updated.
 

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Lots of prayers and good luck wishes are heading your way for you and Finnegan.
xoxoxoxooxox
 

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I'm sorry that your Finnegan is having to have the shunt surgery. I just wanted to ask if you had gotten a second opinion? I don't know anything about it, but have heard that bile acids can be slightly higher but normal for Maltese.

Good luck with Finnegan's treatment. Please keep us updated on his situation.
 

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Thanks everyone for the kind thoughts. Thats what I love about the sm board. Such warm fluff lovers. Two answer a few questions that were brought up, we found out he had a shunt after a visit/stay at the emergency vet. He was drooling and acting lathargic, and when I went to check him for an injury he cried with pain so I took him right to the er vet. We didn't know if he had a head injury or seizers or what was going on. The vet ran blood work, x-ray, bile acid test... Needless to say the numbers came back high. My vet retested after his ER hospital stay and the numbers were high again. My Vet sent us to a specialist in Chicago area burbs. Great place!!! They did an ultra sound and found the shunt.
My breeder has been notified.
 

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i hope finnegan has easy time during his surgery , i hv no idea what a liver shunt is but i will be praying for ur lil baby !
 

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omg, i am so sorry little finnegan is having to have such a major surgery at such a young age! how was his liver shunt diagnosed? where are you having the surgery done? have you let the breeder know about this yet?

there are other people on this forum with a lot of knowledge of liver shunts and can give you more information, but i do want to wish you and little finn the best.
:thumbsup: I am so sorry, please let us know a day or to before his surgery and we will have a prayer cahin going
 

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YES, we had this surgery for our little Kirby about 18 yrs. ago when not too many were doing it. He was born in Austria & I finally took him to the US for diagnosis at a Colorado Vet. school. He had the surgery in Austria & it was very successful (he had been given about l yr. to live beforehand). The problem was that he started having seizures shortly afterward. We put him on phenabarb & he lived a long and mostly healthy life to everyone's astonishment! He was small but was convinced he was a rotweiler in a maltese suit! :Sunny Smile:
I will be thinking of you both! Post ASAP about his surgery! Prayers for you!
 

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I certainly hope your breeder covers all expenses.
With LS it is usually manifest as a puppy if it's severe enough for surgery.
On a lighter note, when I saw his name all I could think of was the tune Finnegan, begin again. LOL Hugs to your little guy.
 

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Oh my goodness! how scary. Best wishes for the surgery you must be so worried :grouphug:

I am seeing that Finnegan is an Angel and is Lola's half brother. I hope that Bonnie is well in the loop and supportive in all this.
 

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This is a serious operation. I'm sorry your tiny pup has to have it. I hope all goes well, I don't know a lot about it, but my friends's dog has had it. He's ok, but still lives with MVD and must eat special food and extra suppliments.
 
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