Percutaneous Transvenous Coil Embolization Treatment for Liver Shunts

Update: This procedure is now available at several locations around the country. Last year, we published a post on a promising new procedure, Percutaneous Transvenous Coil Embolization (PTCE) for the repair of liver shunts. The first scientific paper has come out on this procedure, but Dr. Cassie Lux, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the College of […]

Photo of Deerhounds by Andrea Moulas

by John Dillberger, DVM The liver produces bile acids and secretes them into bile, which is stored in the gallbladder.  When the dog eats a meal and the food begins to leave the stomach and enter the small intestine, the gallbladder expels some bile into the upper small intestine, where it mixes with the food.  […]

Promising New Procedure for Liver (Portosystemic) Shunts

Update: This procedure is now available at several locations around the country, and we have published additional information on it here and here. Some promising news regarding correcting portosystemic shunts in dogs comes from U.C. Davis, where Dr. Bill Culp has developed a new, non-invasive way to close intrahepatic shunts, which historically have been difficult […]

by John Dillberger, DVM Reprinted from the November/December 2004 Claymore Please note: Since this article was published in 2004, it is now recommended that every Deerhound be screened for a liver shunt with a bile acid test. This test should ideally be conducted by breeders before puppies go to their new homes. Many labs do bile-acid […]

Although no research is currently being done on the genetic basis in Deerhounds of liver shunt, if you have an affected dog, please bank a DNA sample in the CHIC DNA Bank so we’ll be ready with samples (researchers need about 20 just to get started) when we do find a researcher interested in working on […]

This condition, which is caused when a blood vessel in the liver that is supposed to close soon after birth stays open, is sometimes found in Deerhound puppies. Many breeders test their litters before the pups go to their new homes (testing is recommended by the SDCA Health & Genetics Committee). Surgery is possible in […]