Liver Disease


Harold Frueh
My sister's 1 & half year old maltese died Sunday after suffering numerous seizures. The Doctor had found that Winston had a liver problem. My maltese has also had seizures and we have tested her for End Stage Liver disease. My Chelsea's litter mate died from this disease. My wife knows more about this disease, so if you need any information, or if you have any knowledge on this subject please contact me at the above address or call me at (630) 889-8879. This has been a time our sorrow for my family; I am hoping that I could learn more about this and maybe help someone before it is too late.


Carole Baldwin-Fantasyland Maltese
Liver Shunt is what I think you are describing. This is something your Maltese was born with. If the dog doesn't have too many shunts, it can be sergically corrected. What liver shunt is, is that before a puppy is born, the blood of the puppy is supose to by pass the liver before entering the heart, (because the mothers liver is cleansing the blood of the puppy). After the puppy is born, the blood is supose to go through the liver to have the toxins removed before entering the heart. In a liver shunt puppy, this by pass still occurs, poisioning the heart of the puppy. It is sometimes only one bypass, sometimes hundreds. This is why liver shunt can show up as early as 8 weeks, or as late as two years. I understand it has been found in dogs older that two years, but this is not as common. This is very common in Yorkies, also has shown up in Shih Tzu and Maltese. I feel that the breeders that have come up with puppies with this problem, number ones concern is getting rid of it. Carole

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