Oliver needs Liver Shunt surgery

For: TX Oliver
Dallas, TX
Organizer: United Yorkie Rescue
Oliver needs Liver Shunt surgery (TX Oliver)
$1,465
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 7 donors
48% Complete
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The Story

4/29/17  Meet Oliver. He is a 6 year old, 12 lb yorkie who came into UYR on 04/17/2017. He has not felt good for most likely the better part of his life. He has struggled with bladder stones, a ruptured bladder and an undiagnosed liver shunt. As common as liver shunts are in yorkies, Oliver’s was not detected until recently and as a result he has a very small liver and has suffered with chronically reoccurring bladder stones.

In the last 10 days Oliver has endured extensive blood work, a bile acid test, x-rays, scintigraphy, and ultrasound testing. As overwhelming as it sounds each of these steps was necessary to properly diagnose this boy. Oliver has been a champ through all of this, the pain, the prodding, the fasting and the testing. He looks at me as if to say, “I just want to feel better, can you help me?” and the answer is YES sweet boy; however, he needs our help.

The good news is that with the tests we have given him we are able to confirm that Oliver has an operable congenital liver shunt (along with several bladder stones) and just knowing brings him one step closer to his dream of being cured.

He is hoping we will help him with the expenses needed to reach the ultimate goal of living a life without pain and constant discomfort.

Oliver’s expenses have already reached over $1400 and the surgery will be an estimated additional $3000. Every dollar we raise will go to providing Oliver with the life he so deserves. He has lived half of his life in pain, let’s make sure the next half is full of only the things he should feel, love and joy. Oliver is counting on us to believe in his dream. We desperately need your help!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 21, 2017

Posted on June 21, 2017

Update Bio. 06-07-17. Oliver is 4 weeks post surgery and feeling great!! He healed perfectly and has started bouncing around like a yorkie should. He runs, he plays and is such a happy boy. He has been off of the medicine that controls seizures for over a week now and guess what....no seizures!! He still takes lactulose and amoxicillin but in reduce amounts. On June 19th Oliver will have bile acids test done. Join us in praying and hoping for good results. Good results will indicate that his liver is functioning properly and that the shunt surgery was successful!!

Oliver is a joy and I know he is thankful to UYR and our donors for helping him get the care he needed. If you would like to join Team Oliver and help us with his medical expenses please visit him on the website. Your support is so greatly appreciated.


Posted on May 12, 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017

5/12/17 TX Oliver came home last night. He was happy to ditch the e-collar and get into a soft, cozy shirt that hides all the stitches that he now displays on his underbelly. In addition to the liver shunt repair, he had bladder surgery and was neutered. They biopsied his liver and also are analyzing the bladder stone that was removed. The shirt should keep him from trying to lick his stitches which will come out in 10-14 days. If he continues to do well with no seizures, vomiting, swelling of the abdomen or incision or any neurologic signs, evidence of pain or decreased appetite, he will have blood work and bile acid tests in 6 weeks. He is on an antibiotic, lactulose and a low protein diet. Oliver is also taking anti-seizure medication for the next 3 weeks. He is on restricted activity...no running or jumping for 3 weeks. The ameroid constrictor will close his shunt slowly over the next 3-5 weeks. Although cautious, the surgeon indicated his vitals and progress so far are extremely positive! Oliver's surgical expenses were over $2900 and his vetting with all tests thus far exceeds $4000. UYR has had extensive experience with liver shunt repairs since 2004; the majority of those were done on much younger dogs where a good prognosis is more assured. Oliver was one of only 3 dogs over the age of 3 that we have seen with a congenital shunt and due to the compromised condition of his liver, more testing and greater care had to be undertaken to ensure a successful correction. We would appreciate any support you can provide to help defray these expenses.


Posted on May 11, 2017

Posted on May 11, 2017

Update 5/11/17: Oliver's foster mom talked with the surgeon this morning. Oliver is alert, eating and doing well. His glucose is holding steady which is a good sign. So far his liver has tolerated the new blood flow created by the shunt closure device. It is a "slow close" device so as the days pass and it closes righter, the risk of his liver rejecting the new blood still exists. The first 48 hours are critical and we are almost there since his surgery took place Tuesday later in the day. He is not out of the woods by any means, but his vet was optimistic this morning and we will take all the positive news we can get. Foster mom has a consultation with the vet at 4:30 this afternoon and he will be able to come home...a little earlier than originally planned.  Oliver comes home with many prescribed medications to keep his little body in check and he will be watched closely throughout his recovery. We still need prayers for Oliver and donations because his surgery expenses are significant. Please help us continue to help Oliver!

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