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After learning and worrying about Finn and his liver shunt, I called Rocco's vet. I just got off the phone with her. She said that in Rocco's favor, he is a big boy with a big appetite and a lot of energy. At 6+ pounds he is a great contrast to Finn at 2+ pounds. She said that since he has a litter mate with LS,he is at higher risk for the disorder, and if he were her pup, she would get the test so she could move on and not worry.
So.... Rocco goes in tomorrow at 7 a.m. He will be fasting from 7 p.m. tonight. They will draw blood, keep him several hours, and then draw blood again. I will not get the results right away since they have to ship the blood to an outside lab.
If you have a moment, please say a prayer for my Rocco. I already love him to pieces and can't allow myself to imagine a negative outcome. My heart is breaking for his twin, and I hope this evil condition does not claim another victim.
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I'll be taking up Rocco's case w/God---it is the best that I can do! Post when you know something! Stay calm---it will help puppy. hugs.
 

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Glad you're getting him tested. It'll be just something less you have to worry about. I'm sure he'll do fine. Out of all my dogs, I only had Tinker tested because my friends two yorkies both have liver problems.
That guy is the healthiest little guy around...too bad he's such a mental case :blink:.

I'll say a prayer for Rocco :thumbsup:
 

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praying that rocco is totally fine , good luck n pls eep us posted ! hugs mommy !
 

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I'm sure you'll feel better after getting Rocco tested and I know he'll have good results. Keep us posted and hugs to you both.
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After learning and worrying about Finn and his liver shunt, I called Rocco's vet. I just got off the phone with her. She said that in Rocco's favor, he is a big boy with a big appetite and a lot of energy. At 6+ pounds he is a great contrast to Finn at 2+ pounds. She said that since he has a litter mate with LS,he is at higher risk for the disorder, and if he were her pup, she would get the test so she could move on and not worry.
So.... Rocco goes in tomorrow at 7 a.m. He will be fasting from 7 p.m. tonight. They will draw blood, keep him several hours, and then draw blood again. I will not get the results right away since they have to ship the blood to an outside lab.
If you have a moment, please say a prayer for my Rocco. I already love him to pieces and can't allow myself to imagine a negative outcome. My heart is breaking for his twin, and I hope this evil condition does not claim another victim.
Thank you for reading.
Easy for me to say, but please try not to worry. The test is not a big deal. The vet will do a blood draw, feed Rocco, wait 2 hours after feeding, do a second blood draw. The end. A 12-hour fast is no longer a "must do". Although it won't hurt most dogs to go 12 hours without food if I had a very small one prone to hypoglycemic episodes I would not fast that dog for 12 hours. Also, bring whatever food Rocco normally eats with you. Most vets will tell you that the dog must eat a special food, usually Hill's A/D, but Dr. Center (the guru of liver disease) recommends feeding dogs whatever food they normally eat. The key is to get them to eat at least a few tablespoons of food. Better to do that with something they are used to eating and better not to have to force feed, thus causing a stressful situation for the dog. In fact, if Rocco is a picky eater who refuses to eat for the vet, ask them to call you so that you can go feed him. Good luck and keep us posted.

And, by the way, I have never ever heard of more than one puppy in a litter that has liver shunt. Others may have MVD, but multiple shunt puppies in one litter is extremely rare in our breed.
 

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Sending you and Rocco lots of positive thoughts and prayers. I think it's wise to do the test considering sweet Finn. I think our vets are sometimes shocked by how much knowledge we have, next to most pet owners, and it's thanks to SM that we can advocate for our fluffs. It's so much better to know what's going on. I'm sure everything will be fine. Give that boy big kisses and hugs and lots of treats after he's home. :grouphug:
 

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Easy for me to say, but please try not to worry. The test is not a big deal. The vet will do a blood draw, feed Rocco, wait 2 hours after feeding, do a second blood draw. The end. A 12-hour fast is no longer a "must do". Although it won't hurt most dogs to go 12 hours without food if I had a very small one prone to hypoglycemic episodes I would not fast that dog for 12 hours. Also, bring whatever food Rocco normally eats with you. Most vets will tell you that the dog must eat a special food, usually Hill's A/D, but Dr. Center (the guru of liver disease) recommends feeding dogs whatever food they normally eat. The key is to get them to eat at least a few tablespoons of food. Better to do that with something they are used to eating and better not to have to force feed, thus causing a stressful situation for the dog. In fact, if Rocco is a picky eater who refuses to eat for the vet, ask them to call you so that you can go feed him. Good luck and keep us posted.

And, by the way, I have never ever heard of more than one puppy in a litter that has liver shunt. Others may have MVD, but multiple shunt puppies in one litter is extremely rare in our breed.
:goodpost: Thanks for the play by play Mary for all of us so we'd know what to expect and what to possibly ask to do.
 

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Good luck to little Rocco. Hugs to you, Gem. I'm sure you'll be more stressed than he will be.
 

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Thank you all for the prayers and kind wishes.

Mary, I will take some of Rocco's food with him, what a good idea. With him it has never been a question of being a picky eater. Being in a strange place though, it might be a comfort to him to have his regular food.

Pat, I love reading about Tinker. It's all that attitude that keeps him so healthy. May he live to be 20!

I will post as soon as I know something. Again, thank you all for being so kind and understanding.
 

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We are keeping you guys in our positive thoughts/prayers as well... think it's great that you are doing this to put your mind at ease...hopefully, nothing will show up! xoxox
 

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Hearing what MaryH said about more than one in a litter being, or not being affected, is a good thing to read. I'm glad you are having it done regardless. Best of luck to you and your baby!
 

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good luck with rocco's test and don't forget NOT to panic if the numbers are high. he probably just has asymptomatic MVD like many many many malts. we don't have any special diet restrictions for ours as long as his ALT numbers stay in the normal range and he is healthy.
 
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