|Barked: Tue Mar 26, '13 10:29pm PST |
|Oh I am so sorry you are having to deal with the waiting game, I think that is just the worst thing, not having answers. I am a Vet Tech so I too think the way you do, I run so many things through my mind and freak out in advance.
I hope that the elevated ALT was just a freak incident. Was the ALKP elevated, BUN low also? Has your pup had any symptoms of a shunt?
Lethargy, anorexia, PU/PD,not thriving? Has your Vet suggested an ultrasound?
Sorry, I did not notice how old your pup is but since he was just going to be neutered I am thinking he is young so they are suspecting that the shunt is congential which is the most common shunt.
I have seen probably 4 shunts in my career all of them were congential, all of them were in extremely small dogs, in fact 3 of them were in tiny poodles, one of them was in a yorkie. They all had the same symptoms, pups that were not thriving as normal pups their age, they were all very small, in fact the smallest pups in the litters, they were not interested much in their food no matter what the owners tried, two of them were PU/PD. The one I remember most was the yorkie, he was sooooo....tiny, very under weight, would have bouts of some neurological issues such as running in circles and also head pressing.
His owner would bring him in every other day just to weigh him.
Thank goodness the owner was such as great dog mom, she was on top of everything, had she not been "over reactive" (as she called herself) the dog probably would not have been diagnosed as quickly as he was.
We did the surgery, the dog did very well and is thriving. He is a maniac, and I will always remember when his owner called and was thrilled that he had actually caught and killed a mouse. Normally, that would have grossed her out but to see her little guy act totally normal thrilled her to no end.
Sorry so long, but I wanted to let you know that there are others out here who also freak out in advance of results, and that dogs with PSS can and do recover. Thank goodness you had blood work done. That is why I always suggest blood work on pets at least every year, heck my pets have blood work done every 6 months. Better to be proactive than reactive.
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