Canine Portacaval Shunt (liver Shunt) Information

Portacaval shunt (liver shunt) Description:

Portacaval shunt is a liver shunt. Dogs are born with this problem when the embryonic blood vessel within the liver does not go away, allowing blood to bypass the liver processing, resulting in neurological and other problems.

Typical Treatment and Expenses*:

Treatment can range from $50 to $4,000 depending on severity.

Dog Breeds Prone to Portacaval shunt (liver shunt):


Cairn TerrierHavanese
Italian GreyhoundJapanese Chin
MalteseShih Tzu
Tibetan SpanielYorkshire Terrier