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the problem is that the disease process in large dogs is very different than in small dogs ... in small dogs the shunt is almost always outside the liver... in large dogs it is generally inside the liver which makes traditional surgical options much more difficult... there are some new procedures ie. interventional radiology that are more effective with a higher success rate for dogs with intrahepatic shunts... the key is going to be finding out what kind of shunt your dogs has...
start with your standard bile acid test
don't waste your money on an ultrasound ... go straight to a CT Scan
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