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|02-26-2009, 06:27 PM||#1|
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Can yorkies develop liver shunts?
I got a female yorkie a little while back and I sent the breeder an update on my Simone and she sung me all these wonderful praises and said I have another female that is looking to be too small to breed so I will let her go to you for $200 and I was shocked at the price and didn't want to miss the opportunity.
I kept her separate from Hooks and Simone because she was so small and I was worried about her. She was fine, but she would vomit and act weird. My vet told me that I was probably overreacting again give her a little while to adjust being home. I waited a week and took her in and he said that she may have a liver shunt. I called the lady and left a message and never heard back. He (the vet) went through the process of doing the test.
After I vomited and cried about how much money it cost, she indeed had a liver shunt and we were going to just go ahead and do the surgery. However, Leela died and the breeder finally got in touch with me and said that she has never had this problem and that although I may not want to hear it. It is something that she probably got from my care.
This all kind of hit me pretty fast and I have been reading the threads on here about it, but was it something that I did? I got Simone from her and she is fine. Any information would be appreciated.
|02-26-2009, 06:37 PM||#2|
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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Redmond, Washington
It wasn't anything you did-- the shunts that we find in yorkies are hereditary. That doesn't mean that every dog that came from the breeder will have a shunt. My own dog was one of a litter of two pups. Her brother had a shunt that required surgical correction, but my Penny is 100% okay.
You may want to have a BAT run on Simone just to make certain that everything is as it should be. Not all shunt cases are extreme enough to warrant surgery-- some dogs can be treated by changes to diet and some medications-- and sometimes shunts can go undetected for quite a long time if the dog isn't presenting many symptoms. The BAT isn't too expensive, and might offer you some peace of mind.
I think it is pretty mean of the breeder to suggest that it was your fault-- if she honestly believes that to be the case, it displays a severe lack of knowledge of the breed's hereditary issues to say the least.
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|02-26-2009, 07:22 PM||#3|
And Rylee Finnegan
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Metro Detroit, MI
It would be a big stretch to say that you caused this.
Shunts can be acquired but something major would most likely have to happen for a shunt to just show up. Usually in Yorkies, they are hereditary. All other dogs from this breeder should be tested and the parents of the dog who died should no longer be bred.
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|02-26-2009, 07:35 PM||#4|
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Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: North Carolina
Yorkies are thirty-six times more likely to be born with a liver shunt than all other breeds combined. Since she was just a puppy, it was definitely genetic. If you got a health guarantee, your breeder needs to honor it, although many require an necropsy as proof of the cause of death.
|02-26-2009, 08:01 PM||#5|
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Location: DFW, Texas
Most cases of liver shunt are congenital, and if she was a young dog it was almost certainly congenital. Yes, shunts can be acquired but these happen in older dogs with liver disease..shunts can appear because the liver is so damaged. I would pretty much guarantee that she was born with her shunt. You did not do anything to cause her shunt. The breeder probably knew she was sick and that was why she was placing her so cheap..just aweful though because shunts are genetic and she needs to not breed her parents or relatives anymore. I'm just so sorry you lost her
Purchasing from backyard breeders, pet shops, and puppymills perpetuates the suffering of other dogs.
Educate yourself and buy from reputable breeders or rescue.
Last edited by MyFairLacy; 02-26-2009 at 08:03 PM.