Sponsor Animal Update: Xena
2nd Quarter 2012
Xena is a lovely and affectionate hound mix who has a very complex and life-threatening congenital condition. In Xena’s body, an abnormal vessel is allowing blood to bypass her liver. The liver has several functions, one of which is detoxification. When the liver is bypassed, toxins build up in the body. This malformation is called a Porto systemic shunt (PSS), or a liver shunt. Among many severe symptoms, this liver shunt can also cause weight loss and seizures, both of which Xena is experiencing. To help Xena, the Animal League has already provided her with two corrective surgeries. It is very likely, however, that Xena will need another some time in the future. In addition to all the surgeries that she has had, Xena will also need lifetime medications to manage this challenging condition. Her adopted parents report that she has adjusted very well to her new home. Their other dog Max (a 4-year-old hound mix) repeatedly checks in on Xena throughout the night. Max and Xena are having a lot of fun playing together and have gotten very close.