Meet Lipton, our brave little yorkie mix that was left to die in a plastic swimming pool inside a back yard breeder's home in WV. He is confirmed to have Portosystemic Shunt. This condition has left Lipton with thousands of holes in his liver. He also struggles with neurological issues that prevents him from being able to stand or walk on his own and has no control over his urine or bowels. Lipton can not eat or drink on his own and is being hand fed.
Lipton was introduced to Evo and Eli's when a friend saw a post about this little guy. The post revealed his heartbreaking living conditions in the plastic pool he was stuck in with uncontrollable body movements, unable drink on his own, stand or walk. He had never seen a vet and needed urgent help. Lipton's "owner" was hesitant to surrender him until we made it clear to her if she didn't surrender Lipton authorities would be contacted. She then agreed to meet Denise and surrender him. Lipton is now a resident at Evo and Eli's Love Box Which is a 501(c)(30 non-profit organization located in Chambersburg, PA. Denise took care of Lipton for about a week until we could arrange transportation to our sanctuary in PA.
Upon arrival with Evo and Eli's Love Box, Lipton was immediately taken to visit a neurologist. The neurologist had little hope that Lipton would survive the next few days. We assured the neurologist that we were committed to doing whatever it took to help save his life and proceeded with a spinal tab and MRI. The MRI showed an infection on the brain. Lipton was put on antibiotics and went through a number of other tests such as; bile acid testing, portogram, and even had an ultra sound. Lipton was confirmed to have Portosystemic Shunt (PSS), also known as a liver shunt. This shunt is a bypass of the liver by the body's circulatory system. The blood vessels that connects the portal vein with the main systemic blood stream. This causes the blood to bypass the liver. Without adequate blood flow to the liver, Lipton's body cannot thrive. The ultrasound showed multiple opening in Lipton's liver that made surgery not an option.
He shows improvements daily and has the will to survive. Not a day goes by that we don't see improvement. Lipton has to go in his cart for 6-8 hours a day to keep the blood flowing in his legs. He also has water therapy twice a week. Lipton came to us at approximately 16 weeks old, he is now three years old. Lipton is in dire need of another MRI and ultrasound. We are reaching out to all animal lovers to seek help to provide the medical care he so deserves. Please find it in your heart to help Lipton fight. He wants so badly to stand and walk on his own. We are determined to keep him comfortable and surround him with those who will love him.