Milo, the little brown jack on the left of the trio, has a liver shunt, and thus has come to live out his life with the Jacks Galore pack. Now at a young 4 years of age, Milo was the runt of the litter. A tiny dog with a head more suited to a little Chihuahua, he has a presence many larger jacks only wished for. The time he has with us is undetermined. Just months, but hopefully many years to come.
Many dogs are able to have their liver shunt surgically corrected and thus maintain a normal lifestyle. Milo was given the once over at Tufts Vet School and with our Dr. Reiners at South Street Vet and after many tests and mechanical observations it was determined he would not be a good candidate for any type of corrective procedures. He is fed a special diet of kibble and canned both with the correcet ingredients easy on his liver. Milo is also on a regime of Lactulose to keep things moving through his body so the poisons do not have time to build up, Metronidizole to prevent too much diarrhea, and then he gets a Denamarin for the health of the liver every other day. He is stoic this little man, he stands on the counter and opens his mouth willingly after every meal and takes it all with his head held high.
There is so much to love about this little guy. He adores everyone, all dogs are his friends and he plays like the wind, grins at your every word and knows how to snuggle with the best of them. He prefers to be as close to his humans as is physically possible, and the sweet warm head finds a way to be nestled close to any angles a persons body makes. Milo is a very special Jacks Galore member, one we can learn from. Keep yourself moving forward at all times no matter what life may have offered you, and keep on smiling along the way. That Milo does, daily.