Yorkie Health: Lymphangiectasia Research and Help
This information site is dedicated to Becky.


JuDaBob's  Rebecca

We're committed to helping you understand Lymphangiectasia.
At Yorkie Health: Lymphangiectasia Research and Help, our mission is to inform all Yorkie owners about a rare autoimmune disorder not often listed on other web sites about Yorkie Health. 

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MISSION:

To provide online information about
Lymphangeictasia and to provide a
Blog for Yorkie owners to share their
experiences in an attempt to collect
more information for researchers and the
veterinarian community. 

BACKGROUND:

Every new Yorkie owner does his or her research 
on how to train, feed, and care for the new 
member of the family. Fifteen years ago, I
bought every book I could find on Yorkies.
I knew they could have sensitive tummies; 
I read about Luxating Patellas, Liver shunts, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Tracheas, etc.,
but a rare autoimmune disorder called
Lymphangiectasia was never mentioned
in all of my research.  

Only after Becky was diagnosed on April 6
2013 did I get online to understand the 
horrible disease. The first two online search 
pages made no mention of 
Lymphangeictasia when I typed in 
"Yorkie Health." On the third Googled page, I found the first post about the dreaded word which I still cannot pronounce.

Now I know the research is saying that Yorkies are  "predisposed" to Lymphangeictasia. If I had known as much about this autoimmune disorder as I did about liver shunts, (since Obie and Becky were both incorrectly diagnosed with shunts), I assume I would have been aware of the seriousness of Becky's symptoms when she first became ill. Although it is too late for Becky, my hope is that other Yorkie owners will learn from this site, maybe in time to react and get the illness under control if their babies show any symptoms.



WHAT IS LYMPHANGEICTASIA?

Lymphangiectasia is the dilation (expansion) of the lymphatic vessels in the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the stomach, small intestines, and large intestines. Lymphangiectasia is an obstructive disorder of the lymphatic system of the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in the loss of body proteins through the intestines.

A familial tendency for this condition has been reported for soft-coated wheaten terriers, basenjis, Norwegian lundehunds, and Yorkshire terriers. Dogs of any age can be affected, but it is most common in middle-aged dogs. No age or gender has been reported to be more likely to develop in any breed, with the exception of soft-coated wheaten terriers, which have shown an increased likelihood of lymphangiectasia in females as compared to males.








​Research Articles

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Article Two