When dogs have high liver enzymes?
If the vet knows of a possible reason for the increase in liver enzymes e.g. hyperthyroidism or poisoning, they may treat the underlying cause rather than investigating further and run the liver test again later on. Very often, however, further tests are needed in order to work out more.
What should liver enzymes be in an older dog?
I commonly see this enzyme rise in older dogs that have no symptoms. The other liver enzymes always seem to be behaving – it’s just this one that’s wonky. The normal range depends on the lab your veterinarian uses, but most consider anything up to 130 or so as normal.
Where are ALT enzymes located in a dog?
Like AST, the ALT enzyme resides within the dog’s liver cells and is released into the blood with cell damage. Unlike AST, it is fairly specific for liver damage, as it is not produced by other organs in the dog’s body. Normal range is considered to be 5 to 107. Off the charts range is 2,000 to 4,000+ ALKP (or ALP) (alkaline phosphatase).
Why does my dog have a wonky liver?
The usual culprit is an enzyme called Alkaline Phosphatase, or Alk-Phos, or Alk-P. I commonly see this enzyme rise in older dogs that have no symptoms. The other liver enzymes always seem to be behaving – it’s just this one that’s wonky.
What to do if your dog’s liver tests are high?
What to do if your dog’s liver tests are high? The answer really depends on your dog! A mild elevation in liver enzymes can be a sign of many things like dental disease, intestinal disease, general inflammation, as well as liver disease of course. Mild elevation can also be completely normal in an older dog, and this is pretty common.
What should I do if my dog has elevated liver enzymes?
If your dog has been diagnosed with elevated liver enzymes, the best treatment plan will vary based on their specific situation. Each of the factors that we discussed above will require a different treatment approach, and will offer the dog the best chance at treatment.
Is there a cure for liver cancer in dogs?
Surgical removal of the liver tumor is the preferred treatment for liver cancer and can be curative. Dogs that have had massive liver tumors removed have a good prognosis, and may live for years past the operation. Some malignant tumors cannot be removed.
What’s the life expectancy of a dog with liver disease?
While your veterinarian can prescribe liver support in the form of medications and prescription diets, they may still experience a shortened life span. The average life expectancy of dogs with liver disease or liver damage can range from 6 months to 3 years.
Can a golden retriever get primary liver cancer?
So far, experts have not noted any breed predispositions to primary liver cancers. However, breeds that are predisposed to other types of cancer that can metastasize to the liver, for example Golden Retrievers, a breed with a frequent occurrence of lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma, could potentially see liver involvement in their cancers.