Does anyone know about this disorder? or know someone whose Pug has it and has had surgery???? As some of you may know I belong to a Pug Group. Mainly our purpose is to help educate people on the Pug breed. We are BIG into socialization and hold fundraisers to support Pug rescue groups. This week we were contacted by a young lady...her story is reprinted here with her permission:
I am looking for anyone who may have information regarding pugs who have had surgery to ligate a portosystemic liver shunt and how they have done. I work at the C***** Animal Clinic near Syracuse, NY. The veterinarian that I work for sees puppies at a local petstore and in April they brought in a sweet little pug puppy. She was having periods of disorientation and blindness. The petstore did not want to spend the money to find out what was wrong with her and instead were going to send her back to the H****** C****** where she would be put to sleep.I thought that this was terrible and that she deserved a chance to have a life and be loved. I asked the petstore owners if I could have her instead and that I understood she problem had many issues and I would not hold them responsible or go to them for any help with her medical problems if they would just give her to me. Finally they got back to me and said that if I wanted her to come and get her or they would ship her out on the next truck. That day I took her in and ran several blood tests to find out what was wrong with her.The results pointed to a portosystemic liver shunt. Her Doctor put her on L/D diet, Denosyl, Marin, Metronidazole/Amoxicillin compound and Alternagel. Since starting medications she has not had any problems and on the outside appears to be a normal wonderfull baby pug girl. Her bloodwork has not changed much since starting the medications. On 7/12/06 we went to see Dr H**** for an ultrasound where we were able to locate her shunt on the outside of her liver. She feels that Maggie Magoo is a candidate for surgery.Today we went to Cornell for a pre surgical consultation. The doctors there all feel she is a candidate for surgery and could benefit but that as with any surgery there are risks. The surgery will be around $2500.00 which I have been saving for but still have a way to go.I would really like to know if anyone knows anything about pugs that have had this surgery and how or if it has helped.Thank you so much for reading my story.Katie
I have been emailing Katie and she tells me she has saved $1,100 towards the cost for the surgery. She is trying to get a part-time job to raise the difference. The surgery is scheduled for August 17th. Her real desire contacting me is for information about the shunt...not to solicite money, however; being the sucker that I am, I am trying to come up with ways to raise money to help her out. I believe our group is going to pitch in for the surgery. Anyone got any ideas? We all know the costs for keeping our little Puggies healthy. Time is short. If anyone is interested in donating, I will arrange collection and payment to Cornell on her behalf.