Liver Shunts

What is a liver shunt - by Dr. Karen Tobias

Portosystemic shunts in dogs and cats I - by Dr. Karen Tobias

Portosystemic shunts in dogs and cats II - by Dr. Karen Tobias

Information on Scintigraphies - by Dr. Karen Tobias

Marin - Continuous Therapy versus Pulse therapy - by Dr. Karen Tobias

Phenobarbital and potassium bromide - is it safe?  answered by Dr. Karen Tobias

Breeders Needed to help with DNA - Dr. Karen Tobias

Genetic Research Update by Dr. Karen Tobias

Angel Fund Update - by Dr. Karen Tobias

The Latest on Bile Acids - by Dr. Karen Tobias

Snap Test - by Dr. Karen Tobias

Heartworm and Flea Prevention - by Dr. Karen Tobias

New - BSP Test - By Dr. Karen Tobias



Liver shunts are also known as portosystemic shunts.  A liver shunt is a blood vessel that carries blood around the liver instead of through it.  Liver shunts is prevalent in the Yorkshire Terrier breed and is found in other dog breeds as well.

An ameroid constrictor is the device used to close off a single shunt.  If you would like to see what one looks like, click on Ameroid Constrictor.

Maya's Story - by Beth McMillian

University of Tennessee Liver Shunt Facts - This link will take you to the University of Tennessee website and provide you information on the following:

Information for Pet Owners



Hepatic Encephalopathy

Diagnosis of Portosystemic Shunts

Diagnostic Imaging

Differential Diagnoses

Medical Treatment

Anesthetic Treatment

Surgical Treatment

Intrahepatic Shunts

Postoperative Care


Shunt Animation

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