A multicentre retrospective study of dogs that underwent surgical attenuation of portosystemic communications (PSC) was conducted. These dogs were followed from three months after surgery to evaluate the long term effect of surgery on their life span, disease-free interval, and owner assessment of postoperative quality of life of the dogs. Seventy-five per cent of the dogs in this study had no long term postoperative recurrence of clinical signs. Of the 25 per cent of dogs that showed recurrent clinical signs, all but one had partial attenuation of the PSC. The location of the PSC was the only factor that correlated with whether the dogs were still alive. All owners were pleased with the postoperative quality of life of their dogs.