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Possible liver shunt?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Purplecatlover, Apr 9, 2017.


  1. Purplecatlover

    Purplecatlover PetForums VIP

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    Hi everyone. Been to the vets this morning for jaspers check up. the vet suspects a liver shunt as that's what the symptoms are pointing to - diarrhoea, body shaking, lethargy etc. Has anyone had any experience with this??? Clear to say I am so very scared. He's my best friend and he's had such a bad start to his life :( he still only weighs 700g and he's tiny (as many of you know) so that's another possible symptom (they don't know wether he's younger than what he should be (we got told he should be 3 months right now but have been told that he is the size of a 7 week old) or wether it's the shunt that is stopping his growth. I've never heard about this before :( he said when he's bigger (hopefully) or older they will have to do blood tests and then if it is that possibly surgery!

    Thanks again.

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    Have they done a bile acid test?
     
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    No experience or advice but just want to send some positive vibes your way. You must be very worried as any of us would be x
     
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    No, what is that?, he said it's only a possibility but he does think it may be this as everything is pointing to it. He said we can do blood tests when he's older and bigger as he's so tiny xx
     
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    Thankyou! I'm a worrier anyway so you can imagine how I'm feeling! He's been on that many different antibiotics and that many times I just want to give him the best help I can :-(
     
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    https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/bile-acid-test
     
  7. TeddyMum

    TeddyMum Mum to Teddy and Matilda xx

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    I had a shih tzu who had liver shunt but was able to manage it with his diet. Which needed to be low purine, you may want to start raw mostly chicken based as this has lower purines in it.
     
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    We also gave lactulose and milk thistle
     
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    Thankyou for that :)

    My only guess is that as he's had diarrhoea and blood in his stools for a while - for most of the time we've had him to be fair. We've done everything we can, he's been on antibiotics & after the last lot It seems to have calmed down now but he does have to keep eating the I/D gastro food so that may be why it hasn't been done :(
     
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    Ohhh he didn't mention it could be helped / managed with food - he said it would most probably have to be surgery or medication. (I swear we should have shares in the vets lol)

    I will look into that!! Thanks :)
     
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    If they have liver shunt it can make anaesthesia more risky so research a good vet with knowledge of shunts.
    Check with your vet before startibg any new supplements as my experience is with a dog not a cat ...so just to be safe x
    Good luck x

    https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Tess-and-Her-Liver-Shunt-DIet
     
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    Thankyou so much! Xx
     
  14. TeddyMum

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    Lactulose helps keep their ammonia levels down as if they go up it can affect the brain, so we had our boy on a maintenance dose of this. Take care x
     
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    Are the needs of dogs & cats with liver shunts the same or very similar?

    Some general liver disease info from iCatCare: https://icatcare.org/advice/cat-health/liver-disease-cats
     
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    Thankyou, I'll have a look:) whatever it is we will do anything to get him better, just a scary time!!:)
     
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    Jasper doesn't know what all the fuss is about :rolleyes:
     

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  20. TeddyMum

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    I would imagine not so much difference but there are medications etc you can give dogs and not cats aren't there so best to check thats all.
     
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