|Barked: Fri Jul 27, '07 1:43pm PST |
|Which liver enzymes are elevated, and how high above normal? Sounds like you need to consult with your veterinarian at length.
Generally, we consider an elevation of 2x above upper reference limit in the dog to be significant, and worth further investigation. There are many different things that can cause liver enzymes to be elevated; their elevation is not diagnostic for a specific disease, it only signals that the liver cells (or possibly biliary cells, depending on which enzymes are involved) may be ill or injured. For example, infectious or inflammatory causes (liver inflammation), some congenital anomalies (e.g. some cases of portosystemic shunts, where the blood vessels that go from the gut to the liver are for some reason shunted), toxicities, and trauma (e.g. some dogs that get hit by car can have elevated liver enzymes due to blunt trauma of the organ).
If only mildly elevated, it may or may not be clinically significant.
As you are a puppy still, I would advise further investigation and look into your liver function, as this may affect your ability to handle anesthesia during your spay, depending on what kind of anesthetic protocol your vet uses. The preliminary test most vets use is called bile acids, which involves poking (blood samples are taken).
Here is some general information on lab values:
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