March 3, 2016
Kimmee is feeling a lot better after her liver shunt surgery, soon she will have her three month bile acids test and if all goes well
she will start looking for her forever home. We are still needing donations to cover Kimmee's medical expenses your help will be greatly
January 10, 2016
Kimmie continues to do really well. She will continue to get lactulose and be on a prescription diet until her bile acids are back to normal. Kimmie has calmed down a lot and even though her house
training is still a work in progress she has improved considerably. She loves playing with her toys, especially when someone plays with her.
December 4, 2015
Kimmie is doing great and was released from the hospital. She will continue to be on antibiotics and anti seizure medication for the next few weeks. Her bile acids will be rechecked in 3 months.
December 2, 2015
Kimmie went into surgery this morning and she was found to have a large single shunt. An ameroid constrictor was placed around the shunt and it will slowly close off the shunt over the next few weeks.
Kimmie was also spayed and she will remain in the ICU for a couple of days.
December 1, 2015
Kimmie was taken back to UT by her foster mom for a recheck and possible surgery. After two weeks on meds her behavior was better and she was a lot calmer while being examined. They found that her ammonia
level was still high as was her white cell count but the doctors opted to go ahead and schedule her for surgery the next morning.
November 17th, 2015
Kimmie was examined by Dr. Tobias and medical staff at UT and they recommended more lab work and a scintigraphy. The tests did confirm the shunt and surgery was recommended but because she also had high
levels of ammonia and elevated white cells surgery was to risky. Kimmie was put on antibiotics, lactulose and an anti seizure medication for two weeks to try to bring those levels down. Some of the signs
that Kimmie had been showing were hyper activity, anxiety and frequent urination which was making it difficult to house train her. It was thought that the high level of ammonia and toxins in her system
were the cause of these. The hyper active state put her at risk for seizure during surgery.
Kimmie is a very sweet 9.7lb Yorkie who is approximately 5 years old. Kimmie came into foster care with YTNR after being picked up as a stray. She was taken to a vet as she started showing signs that
there was something medically wrong. Her lab work indicated that she had a possible liver shunt. On November 11th Kimmie was transported to a new foster home in East TN in order to have her evaluated at
the University of TN.