West Brant Animal Hospital

693 Colborne Street West
Brantford, ON N3T 5L5

(519)756-9998

www.westbrantah.evetsites.net

Our Patients

KIWI


Liver Shunt

Kiwi, a 4 month old Shih Tzu cross puppy was admitted to the hosptial due to poor doing and signs of seizure activity. It was found that Kiwi did very poorly when on a rich, puppy food. Through blood testing, it was discovered that Kiwi likely had a liver shunt. Liver shunts are anatomical abnormalities present at birth in which a major vessel diverts blood away from the liver. Thus, the liver is small in size and does not function to detoxify the body well. Kiwi was taken to surgery, where the abnormal vessel was located and a specialized device was placed which purpose is to slowly occlude the offending vessel. With time, new blood flow is re-directed towards the liver allowing the puppy to be healthy again.