Sunday, August 9, 2020

Hepatic Microvascular Dysplasia

One of his 2 modes - Full On or Asleep

So, we've figured it out.

Well, Rusty has something called Hepatic Microvascular Dysplasia. that is a long name for a congenitally small liver.

The great news is, we can handle this. He needs food with very little protein - we actually got a special diet from Hills Science Diet - so that is good. (And Sue and all - the chewy you sent is perfect!)

We DID (past tense) accidentally make it worse by giving him treats that were hypoallergenic (fish treats) but over 70% protein. And we gave him beef tendons to chew on, which were 100% protein. Those end up being super hard on him.

The not so great news (but we can deal with it) is that indoors he will have to wear a diaper for a while. Turns out the HMD makes him drink a LOT of water and gives him "very frequent urination".

Today he is back in full on puppy mode for the first time in a week.


Still a puppy (albeit loooong) is Play... Play ... Crash


  1. Sounds like one of my special needs critters. He does take up a lot of couch but he is adorable.

  2. Glad you got a diagnosis that is manageable. Such a cute pup!!


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