by lovedogs » Mar 20, 2019 Hi there all, I'm feeling horribly sad and need support from my bling-loving friends. We just found out that our 4.5 month old puppy (the labradoodle in pics below): Likely won't live more than 10 months (and that's the median). Turns out she was born with a congenital liver shunt--an intrahepatic shunt. A liver shunt can either be inside the liver or outside the liver. The outside (extra-hepatic) shunts are relatively easy to treat. Sadly, she has an intra-hepatic shunt (inside the liver), and those are extremely hard to fix. We thought it might be repairable with a special procedure, but found out yesterday that: 1. The procedure costs between 8-11K and pet insurance won't pay anything towards it. 2. Even if she survives the procedure (obviously not guaranteed), the median survival is 6 years. That sounds like a lot, but it's still 1/2 of her expected life span. 3. Without the surgery, the median survival is 10 months. I love this pup so much. She is the sweetest, smartest, and most lovely girl. We are officially in love w. labradoodles as a breed, all because of her. I am devastated that we won't have more time w. her, and every time I look at her I want to (and often do) cry. AND We found this out yesterday and today my husband went out of town until Sunday. I hate being in the house alone, and I am just so incredibly sad. She has zero symptoms, and seems healthy and happy. She's on medication that will hopefully help, but we just have no idea. Just need to vent and need people to talk to about it. Sad, lonely, and scared of losing such a sweetheart.