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Old February 18th 07, 03:36 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Default High ALT Level Mystery

At the age of 7 months, we took our Boxer "Gracie" to the vet for
spading, and we discovered through their routine blood work that
Gracie's ALT levels were high. They performed the spading anyway, and
during surgery, the took a liver biopsy, which proved negative. They
commented that the liver looked healthy. They did not suspect a
shunt.

It's been a year since the surgery, and during the past year, Gracie's
ALT levels had dropped via a series of prescription drugs and over-
the- counter supplements (ie. Sam-E, Milk Thistle) ... at least we
think that's why it dropped. At it's lowest point, the ALT had
dropped to 118 (it had been nearly 900 at one point). When the vet
saw Gracie's ALT drop to 118, they took her off all of the
prescription drugs and the SAM-E. At the very next visit, her ALT
increased to around 300, so they put her back on the SAM-E and Milk
Thistle. Then, at the latest visit, her ALT went up to nearly 500.

You would never know, from looking at her and observing her, that
there's anything wrong with this dog. She's incredibly energetic,
she's eat well, and she looks and acts healthy.

Are there other reasons for ALT levels increasing other than liver
disease? Are there foods that we should be avoiding? Are there other
treatments that we should be considering?

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Old February 19th 07, 10:45 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Default High ALT Level Mystery

Where are they running the tests? It might be interesting to have one
done in-house and have one sent to the labs to see if there is any
differences in the results. It is odd how they are changing like
that. I have never heard of that before.

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Old February 20th 07, 03:57 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Default High ALT Level Mystery

On Feb 19, 5:45 am, "silvercelt" wrote:
Where are they running the tests? It might be interesting to have one
done in-house and have one sent to the labs to see if there is any
differences in the results. It is odd how they are changing like
that. I have never heard of that before.


They have done most of the tests inhouse, however they have sent at
least one to a lab to confirm their inhouse results.

 




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