Baby is our canine version of "Tiny Tim" and was a sick little puppy, just about from the time I drove to Terre Haute through an ice storm and brought her home.
She never gained a lot of weight and two years ago this month she was so skinny that her ribs were showing and her spine was arched like a scaredy cat!
I took her to the animal emergency hospital out by the airport and after many tests were performed it was determined that she has a liver shunt. From what I remember, this can be very common in yorkies and it means that her blood does not pass through her liver to get cleaned the way it should (or something like that).
We had two options...to operate or to try and change her diet. Because she was so small and I had heard so many horror stories about little doggies not waking up after surgeries, I opted for the diet change.
Well here we are two years later and I'm thrilled to say that changing her food to the Science Diet L/D formula has worked wonders and my little doggy is celebrating her 5th birthday today and weighing in at a whopping 3.5 pounds....yeah!!!
Our rule of thumb is to keep her away from proteins (except for the occassional sprinkling of shredded colby jack cheese) and she hardly ever gets sick.
Thank goodness for the doctor at the emergency animal hospital that was familiar with this problem. I thank you and Baby thanks you, too. Happy Birthday Baby Doll !!! :)
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