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My boy is 12 and we just got some blood works done.  He has an elevated ALT  and ALKP both about 50 above the max boundary.  This is the liver enzymes.  And his Urea is 12 (normal is under 9.6).  

 

The liver may be due to old age but have been advised that milk thistle could help.  I'm not sure how much to give, I have a bottle of these I'm taking myself.  Does anyone know or have similar problems?
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With the urea we are going to do a urine test, apparently the blood works in this category is not too accurate.  Hopefully it's nothing.  Wish me luck collecting his pee!
 

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@Giraffez

Sometimes the Vet can do the bloods again say in 2 weeks time or whenever and the bloods etc will be back to normal.  Or sometimes the Pathology Lab can get it wrong.  Both of these situations have happened to me.

 

I realise you are worried because of your boy's age.  I am keeping everything crossed for you and your boy and I hope it all turns out ok,

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The numbers aren’t super high and we are getting another blood done in a few weeks time.  Given Denamarin and milk thistle are just vitamin supplements, I’m thinking whether I should dose him something small during this time.  So that even if it was a false positive, it won’t harm do much harm.  And at least if it did anything, the second blood test would be better.   
 

im actually more concerned about the kidneys ( urea level).  Liver you can take something to help it, but I’m not sure kidneys are that simple.

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One of our dogs was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia (similar to kidney disease).  He has been to the Kidney Specialist at SASH Dr Bing who is excellent.

 

He has bloods done every 6 months as well as urine and blood pressure.  We found out he had kidney disease at 6months .  He has just turned 5years.

He is not on any medication.

 

He has the Royal Canin K/d as well and Hills K/d kibble as recommended by Bing..  He has cooked chicken as well as sardines (reduced salt) occasionally and some cooked steak once a week.  We were told to ensure that only 10% of his diet is protein .  He has rice and vegetables every night as well.

 

If it is kidney be strict with his diet.  Give him the special kidney diet.

 

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On 25/11/2021 at 10:47 PM, Deeds said:

One of our dogs was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia (similar to kidney disease).  He has been to the Kidney Specialist at SASH Dr Bing who is excellent.

 

He has cooked chicken as well as sardines (reduced salt) occasionally and some cooked steak once a week.  We were told to ensure that only 10% of his diet is protein .  He has rice and vegetables every night as well.

 

If it is kidney be strict with his diet.  Give him the special kidney diet.

 

Thanks that’s reassuring.  What symptoms does he present?  And why only 10%, kibbles have protein too so that means whatever you given him on top is bland and carby?

 

did you need to go for ultrasound?  What does his urea reading levels look like? Do they go up and down in every blood test?

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