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|CPK is a measurement of Creatinine Phosphokinase.
In humans high CPK is indicative of heart attack. They will look for this as soon as people present for heart attack like symptoms.
It measures muscle activity basically. In some overly muscular dogs we will see slightly high CPKs as a normal for them.
However in cases where pets have lost muscle mass or have been on a medication (think steriods most likely although some antibiotics will do it too) that negatively effects muscle mass you may see a decreased CPK.
For the most part a decreased CPK with no other abnormalities is generally nothing to be concerned about.
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