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Hi, my 12 week old puppy has just been diagnosed with a liver shunt, going through the centre of his liver. It only appeared after his puppy vaccinations, and initally we believed the symptoms to be a nasty result of the jabs.
He is currently at a specialists vets receiving medication and I got a phone call today, saying he has perked up alot and acting like a normal puppy.
Before being diagnosed, when he went into the "episodes" it was very distressing to watch him hanging his head, pacing, not focusing a acting like a zombie.
The vets have given us 3 options, an operation, which costs approx £5,000 - to treat with medicine and special diet, or have him put down.
What a choice.
If I had the money, i would agree to the operation now, but sadly, for Mitchell, I do not have the money.
With medical management (which will still be costly) what is the quality of life he will have ?
Is it fair to him, to put him through these traumatic episodes ? but then,
Is it fair, to have him put to sleep, when he does have periods of going back to our normal playful puppy ???
I am distraught right now and have no idea what to do right for Mitchell.
Any thoughts people ?
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I would ask your vet how well medical management works and what are the side effects, like will the puppy have pain often. If the prognosis with pain management is not good I think its best to help the puppy cross the bridge :( I'm so sorry you have to go through this. Have you considered setting up a fund through your vet and get the word out about the puppy so people can donate towards a surgery fund? Is this puppy from a breeder or shelter?
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Thats quite a good idea, but feel rude asking people to donate money ! Everyone seems to be financially struggling with life these days ! ! !
He isnt from a registered breeder, he is from a "friend of a friend" and i know both his parents. - who are fine.
 

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Hi, my 12 week old puppy has just been diagnosed with a liver shunt, going through the centre of his liver. It only appeared after his puppy vaccinations, and initally we believed the symptoms to be a nasty result of the jabs.
He is currently at a specialists vets receiving medication and I got a phone call today, saying he has perked up alot and acting like a normal puppy.
Before being diagnosed, when he went into the "episodes" it was very distressing to watch him hanging his head, pacing, not focusing a acting like a zombie.
The vets have given us 3 options, an operation, which costs approx £5,000 - to treat with medicine and special diet, or have him put down.
What a choice.
If I had the money, i would agree to the operation now, but sadly, for Mitchell, I do not have the money.
With medical management (which will still be costly) what is the quality of life he will have ?
Is it fair to him, to put him through these traumatic episodes ? but then,
Is it fair, to have him put to sleep, when he does have periods of going back to our normal playful puppy ???
I am distraught right now and have no idea what to do right for Mitchell.
Any thoughts people ?
Thanks
You really need to think about the quality of his life. If this were your medical problems would you want to live with them? It is a hard decision but I know you will make the right one for you and your pup.
 

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Oh no , im so sorry both of you have to deal with this ,
And him at such a young age aswell ..
I think pawz has a good idea , try to see if you can fundraise for the surgery , dont feel bad about asking people for money .
If you can't fundraise .. then it's best to find out his quality of life on medication . If it's not looking good , and the pup will be in pain , then im sorry to say it's probably not worth it and the best thing would be to put him down :(
these are awful circumstances and im so sorry .
Good luck with the choicee <3
 
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