Nine-month-old Homer has medical issue and needs out of shelter immediately

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At the Carson Shelter in Gardena, California, a nine-month-old puppy arrived at the shelter on February 24 as a stray after having been brought in by people who say they “found him”.

“He’s super cute, about 9 months old and came in as a “stray” but when he was left at the Shelter they said he doesn’t do well with other dogs but LOVES humans,” reports the pup’s advocate.

#A5406232 My name is HOMER, and I’m an approximately 9 month old male Pit Bull. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 2/24. I will be available on 2/28. You can visit me at my temporary home at C215.

According to the veterinary staff, Homer has ascites (fluid in his abdomen). Bloodwork and a thorough physical workup done on Homer revealed he has a portosystemic shunt which will require more advanced testing and possible surgery the shelter is not equipped to perform or correct if he truly does have a shunt. At this time, Homer is doing well and eating, but his prognosis is questionable if he does not benefit from further treatment if he has a shunt.

More information:

“A portosystemic shunt happens when a pet’s venous blood from the stomach, intestines, pancreas, and spleen bypasses the liver. The pet can be born with the shunt (congenital) or can get it later (acquired). Because the liver filters toxins, if it is bypassed the toxins build up in the body. Signs include stunted growth, not gaining weight, losing weight, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, unresponsiveness, temporary blindness, excessive drinking, excessive urination, etc. Sometimes the pet will just act odd after eating, or pace around or press his head against the wall. The signs you will see depend on the location of the shunt and how many toxins have built up in the body. Some pets will only have one sign, while others could have several. Many of the clinical signs associated with PSSs are related to hepatic encephalopathy.
Diagnosis- clinical signs, blood tests, urinalysis, and imagining test (eg. Radiographs, ultrasound images, portograms (an image of the blood vessels to the liver) or nuclear scintigraphy ( a nuclear scan that measures blood flow)) can be used for diagnosis. Blood bile acids are elevated after a meal, so the before meal and after meal bile acids levels are compared. Despite the variety of test available, a confirmed diagnosis may not be available until surgery is done.”

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Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

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