Surrender Application Received:
- Dog’s Name: Buddy
- Age: 1 year
- Any health issues: No
- Reason for surrender: He is becoming too expensive to be kept fed well.
When our adoption coordinator, Trudy, first picked up Buddy from his owner, her exact words were “We will get him neutered and on to his new family in a week. He’s perfect.”
Well, unfortunately, that didn’t go as planned. Buddy was peeing and drinking a lot. After several blood tests, test for cushings, many vet visits, specialist visits, an ultrasound, and a cat scan with a specialist in NJ, it was determined Buddy has a liver shunt.
A liver shunt occurs when an abnormal connection persists or forms between the portal vein or one of its branches, and another vein, allowing blood to bypass or shunt around the liver. In the majority of cases, a liver shunt is caused by a birth defect called a congenital portosystemic shunt. Buddy has an extrahepatic shunt which are less challenging to repair surgically than intrahepatic shunts.
A typical Basset boy who we feel deserves a chance!