I have a female mini-Schnuazer (we got her from breeder) who is now 14 weeks. She is great and we are having alot of fun with her. On a recent Vet visit. we were told that a great snack for her to eat (and address teething) are carrots. He says no calories and they will go right through her. I recently ran into a new neighbour who just lost her Schnauzer after 12 years. Her Schnauzer had csuccumbed ancer. She did bring her dog to a Pet Oncologist who told her that the one weak spot a mini-Schnauzer has is their liver and this doctor told her that because of this, carrots are not good due to their high sugar and protein. She recommended, as per this doctor, that a good treat are apples. I have not been back to my own Vet to further discuss this issue but does anybody on this board have any experience with this? Thanks........
I have had schnauzers my whole life, and none of them have ever had any problems with their liver. I do know that there is a specific bloodline that genetically has liver shuntz. I don't know to much about the disease itself. It has something to do with the blood flow. I heard of it from a breeder up north. I had called her asking about a black and silver male she had. I asked about his pedigree and everything and about registration. She said she would only sale to a pet home because he carried for this disease, well my thought was if he is carrying for the disease why are you breeding the dogs your breeding. I wouldn't even want a pup as a pet with that in it's background.....anyway, you also must take into consideration the dogs age...9 is getting on up there for a dog, which should have about 4-5 more years on him. There are certain things out there that can prevent alot of things that happen to your dog as they age. I highly believe in prevention....Feeding a good feed, and giving a good vitamin supplement will help tremendously. It's great to start when they are young, and even more important when they reach their senior years. Her dog could of also had Diabetes, which can be common in the breed as well. And this as well can be prevented alot of times. I know diabetes can have an effect on the liver.
Encyclopedia of Canine Veterinary Medical Information
Liver shunts are a congenital problem in some dogs. During gestation the placenta delivers blood with food and oxygen from the mother through the umbilical vein. This means that in the fetus, circulation is the reverse of circulation after birth, because the fetus' veins have the oxygenated blood and arteries return unoxygentated blood to the heart. In order to make this work, there is a shunt from the liver venous circulation to the arterial circulation. At birth, the pressure within the circulatory system changes as respiration occurs and this shuts the shunt, which eventually disappears. If this reverse in circulation doesn't happen for some reason, the liver is deprived of a blood supply and doesn't develop properly after birth. Many puppies can live with the small functioning portion of the liver for some time but eventually have problems and usually die if the situation is uncorrected. It is possible to surgically close the shunt and the surgery works well.