Hayley Needs Life-saving Surgery

by Pate Bartlett MacDonald

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Taken in by Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, Hayley is a 13-week-old chihuahua mix puppy who needs lifes-saving surgery. Via ultrasound, she was diagnosed with a liver shunt. Without the surgery, she would die.

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Hayley is a 13-week-old chihuahua mix puppy who needs lifes-saving surgery. Via ultrasound, she was definitely diagnosed with a liver shunt. This cannot be handled medically but requires expensive surgery. Without the surgery, she will die.

A liver shunt is a blood vessel that bypasses liver tissue, carrying blood from the intestines, stomach, spleen, and pancreas to the heart before it can be filtered and cleansed of proteins, sugars, bacteria, and toxins. Shunts are present in all fetal mammals and usually close down shortly before or after birth so that the baby's liver takes over the functions of filtration, storage, and production. In some individuals the shunt doesn't close down or develops in an abnormal place, and the animal's liver doesn't get enough blood supply to grow or function properly. Small and toy breed dogs usually have "extrahepatic" shunts: the blood vessel is located outside of the liver. These shunts are easier to find and treat. This is fortunately the kind of shunt that Hayley has.

In a nutshell, Hayley is having increasing amounts of toxins building up in her system instead of being filtered through her liver. This will cause neurological deficits and will lead to death. Please give her a chance at a happy life! Please donate for her surgery. Thank you!
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