Sponsorship Dogs: Rockstar
Rockstar is a fun and friendly Sharpei/German Shepherd mix. His loving and sweet personality makes you fall in love with him the moment you meet him. This handsome canine joined the Animal League's life-saving Sponsor Program in 2008. Rockstar was originally adopted as a puppy and later returned to the Animal League in 2007 after the previous owners reported that Rockstar had a seizure.
He had a comprehensive physical examination, blood work and urine testing. The results of these tests indicated that Rockstar had a disorder of his liver called a Porto Systemic Shunt (PSS). A PSS is caused by abnormal blood flow through the liver. The abnormal blood flow caused toxin buildup in his body that resulted in seizures. At the time of his initial workup, Rockstar was also found to have bladder stones, which is also a common occurrence in dogs with PSS. Rockstar was also found to have an ocular condition called entropion where the eyelid margins roll inward causing irritation to his corneas. Left untreated, entropion can result in corneal scarring and even blindness.
Rockstar was evaluated by a team of veterinarians that specialize in internal medicine, ophthalmology and surgery and the good news was that Rockstar's conditions of a PSS, bladder stones and entropion would carry a good prognosis if surgery was performed.
Rocky underwent four separate surgeries between May 2008 - August 2008 to fix his liver, bladder and eye conditions and he has recovered fantastically! He was a trooper during his recovery period, always wagging and willing to take his many medications. He is on a special diet and liver supplement for his liver condition and will need to stay on this special diet for his entire life. This combination of a special diet and liver supplements will help his liver remain healthy and prevent any worsening of hepatic microvascular dysplasia, which is a common consequence to PSS. We anticipate that with proper veterinary care and follow-up, Rockstar will live a full and happy life.