Comments on Is Elevated Liver Count in Dog Bad News?

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Crystal   Lake forest, California

5/13/2015 10:08:20 PM

Lydia I would say keep looking for good recipes and research how to use bone meal too .

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Dolores   West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

4/23/2015 10:03:02 AM

In previous comment I forgot to mention that she was a 7 year old GSD.

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Doloress   West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

4/23/2015 10:00:48 AM

My 7 year old was diagnosed with high liver enzymes during a blood test before a surgery to remove a small tumor. Vet put her on 2 meds that were supposed to bring them down, but they just made them go higher. Had an ultrasound which showed no problem, then a liver biopsy which only showed a little congestion . Did a chest x-ray to check her heart. No problem found. She does take milk thistle and vitamin E. Vet put her on dog food for liver disease and a liver supplement again for a month. Had blood tested again and the count doubles. Through this all she has never shown any symptoms of any kind. She acts normal. She is now off the supplement and food and back on her normal food . The Vet mentioned going to a different internist who would probably want to do all the tests again.

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chris   Atlantic City, New Jersey

3/14/2015 4:21:34 PM

my 8 year old small dog has elevated liver enzymes, quite high, found because of a blood test before surgery to remove a grown on his neck. He is on milk thistle pills from the Vet, and needs to lose about 5 lbs. Then we'll retest. Doc said NO chicken, not even lean meats. I don't give him any meats anyway, but it was his suggestion. So warning to you who give meats. Better not to. Give them green beans, frozen ones or canned in water, not salt water. Good luck!

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Lydia   Camden, Alabama

3/4/2015 4:25:51 PM

My tiny yorkie 3 yr 2 mos has elevated liver enzymes..Im giving her the 3rd Vet ordered Hepatic dry food..she hates it.. She does not behave as if there's anything wrong..she runs like the wind has a good appetite, playful,no stomach problems. But on this food,as before she begins to loose weight. I was cooking her boneless, skinless chicken seasoning, Chicken pieces are suppose to be FREE Range no of Steriods, Antibiotic, etc.. Does anyone have homemade recipes I could try..I'll do anything to help her , even though you'd never know she had any problem. I'm told the chicken isn't the problem, so what is and how can I help with tasty food she will like ..thanks to any responses..


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cindy   bayonne, New Jersey

1/16/2015 8:29:36 PM

My maltese is 10 and just got a blood test result of high liver enzymes. I am a nervous wreck and doc suggested ultrasound to see exactly where the issue in the liver is coming from.

has anyone had any experience with switching diet to low protein/low
I will give her anything to help her enzyme level.

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Gina   Bonita Springs, Florida

1/13/2014 5:17:21 PM

I have a 12 year old doxie that went in for routine exams and found very high live count. She did have an ultra sound that showed a mildly rounded enlarged liver but the Dr said everything else was very tumors or gall bladder problem which can cause a liver count to be elevated. So he is putting her on meds to bring the count down and will re check. A liver with the right meds can repair itself. It's not a death sentence. It's worth looking into and getting the right meds.

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Elaine   Salt Lake City, Utah

10/21/2013 8:50:52 AM

My 13 year old shih Tzu is having ultrasound today for elevated liver enzymes of 1,740...........very anxious for results of test.

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Lisa   Salem, Illinois

7/2/2013 8:05:25 AM

My Lhaso Apso is over 10 years old, he is blind and nearly deaf and I had to board him these last few days due to my having some surgery. They suggested doing blood work on him as he seemed tired a lot and had loose stools. His liver levels were very high, alt is 437 and his other liver level is 659. They simply suggested putting him on the Science diet dog food LP. They did not mention the drug I have read about. I am afraid that too much damage has been done. He just has had no quality of life since going blind, it's so sad.

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Maria   Irving, Texas

6/2/2013 2:46:30 PM

My beagle diagonise with high liver enzimes she is at the vet on IV for 3 time last week. She still don't eat but tolerate cold water only, its ok for her to drink so much?


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billie   virginia b, Virginia

5/7/2013 3:42:11 AM

my dog is 11years old and her blood levels ,enzymes was 100 and in 6 months 250 and now they want to do a liver check . which they want to do blood work and feed her and then check her blood again ..the vet wants to charge me 150.00 for the test ... the reason is that she is due to be put to sleep to have her teeth clean they want to make sure that she is up to be put her threw this teeth cleaning

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Ashlee   Berwyn, Illinois

12/28/2012 9:10:26 AM

My grand mothers dog rocky has high liver count as well nd the vet gave rocky meds she went bAck today nd the liver isn't better their running more tests

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Martha   Reidsville, North Carolina

10/10/2012 6:47:58 PM

my min.Schnauzer was diagnosis with high liver enzymes level; he's taking antib. & Denosyl, his energy level is great he eats a little less; sometimes
tries to throwup but not often; further testing will be done after 2 more
but I don't know if I can put him through any more testing; just don't
the next blood test will be the 3rd one. I am hope the level will go down; but

I read some interesting thing on this site; and I will be giving him bottle water from this point on. I am thankful for a great
M. W.

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Cheryl   Lady lake, Florida

10/10/2012 5:40:44 AM

My 11 yr old daschund was just diagnosed with pancreatitis and high liver enzymes, vet wants her to go have other testing done which is very costly, I don't mind spending the money if it is something that can be cured but I am so afraid it is cancer and I don't want to put her through chemotherapy, I just lost my son a year ago with the same symptoms, he lived only 7 weeks after his diagnosis, I don't know what to do, any advise?

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Mark   London, AL

4/21/2012 12:58:29 PM

Hi there - my 14yr old cocker spaniel recently had counts of almost 5000! He was jaundiced and very ill and it all happened very suddenly. The vets almost wrote him off but we agreed to a liver biopsy as he was (thankfully) in superb condition otherwise - no heart issues etc. They and we opted for the invasive proper op as the smaller less invasive incision would not have allowed them to get a good enough look at the liver or to get a biopsy worth testing for accurate feedback. We are so pleased we did. It turned out he had a liver infection and is now on the mend. Had we listened to initial prognosis he wouldnt be here today as it was 'cancer or liver failure' - it wasnt - and I;m so pleased we spent the money to hang on in there and get it checked properly.

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Jackie   Manchester, NH

1/8/2012 3:14:18 PM

Two years ago, a routine blood test revealed elevated liver enzymes for my 6 year old Coton De Tulear. The Dr checked the enzymes again the following month and it increased to nearly 200. At that point, I was referred to a specialist and within two months my dog's liver enzymes had climbed to nearly 800. The only change in his behavior was that he was sleeping more. Thankfully, I had pet insurance so we did an ultrasound, and when that provided no definitive answers we had a biopsy. The biopsy showed my dog had copper storage syndrome and a congenital liver disease. The Dr started my dog on Marin, Sam-E, fish oil, and vegan dog food. I also had my water tested (we have well water) and learned the copper was 1/10 above safe limits for humans so needless to say my dog and my family have been drinking bottled water ever since. After three months of this regimen, my dog's liver enzymes decreased to 155 and have remained between 151-155 for the past two years. What a blessing! The dr said because we caught it early and are treating it, he should live a long and healthy life. I realize every story is different but I am sharing mine because there is a small chance it may help others.

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Eileen   Phoenix, AZ

11/22/2011 10:28:28 AM

My 14.5 year old Border Collie X in very good health and spirits (except for periodic IBD occurances) just started vomiting brownish bile and was generally lethargic... wouldn't eat or get up. Blood test shows liver level of 3000. Her vet suggests an ultrasound or biopsy or, as a less invasive option, antibiotics for a week just in case the elevation is due to a virus of some sort. Not sure what to do... don't want her to be suffering for a week if there is a tumor or some other issue. If it is a tumor, it is unlikely we will operate because of her advanced age. What is liklihood that the antibiotics will "cure" what is wrong with her?

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Vania   Miami, FL

11/5/2011 8:26:40 AM

Hi my dog Ethel is a shitzu and she is 11 years old. A few months ago her liver enzymes were elevated in the 900 range and she was put on some meds. Last week we redid her blood work and they increased to 2700. She is acting normal with no symptoms. The only thing I have noticed is she is drinking an excessive amount of water other than that nothing else. My vet wants to do an nultrasound which is very costly. I am not sure what to do, any suggestions?

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Barbara   Brooklyn, NY

10/29/2011 3:02:02 PM

I would like to agree with Dr. Geller. My dog has recently gone through a routine blood test and it was discovered that his lever ensymes were elevated. 2 weeks later he was retested and the same liver ensymes went down and were half as elevated. The vet naturally wants to do an ultrasound. The dog is a 2 1/2 year old Havanese and is taking Denosyl and Milk Thisle for 3 weeks. I would like to retest again for a 3rd time in a few weeks before doing an ultrasound. He was originally prescribed Clavamox, Bayril, Densoyl and milk thistle after the first blood test.

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Karen   Rochester, NY

9/27/2011 9:14:36 AM

Hi, I'm interested in this discussion, as we're going through something similar with our dog, Maggie. She's about 8 years old (a schnoodle we adopted in 2004) and had a midyear "senior dog" checkup with the vet last winter. At that time her liver enzymes were elevated. We waited a while and had her re-tested--the levels had doubled. At that point we had her tested for Cushings--negative--and had an ultrasound done--normal. The vet recommended putting her on a prescription liver diet food and giving her medication once a day. After 10 weeks we just had her retested and the levels had doubled again, to around 2100.

She shows no symptoms of illness, is active, eating and drinking normally. We discussed the latest situation with the vet and told her that we really didn't want to subject Maggie to a biopsy when she is showing no symptoms, and she agreed (she had discussed Maggie's case with a vet specializing in internal medicine and he said the next step would be a biopsy.) So we are going to watch her and have her checked again in about 6 months. Hopefully, she will remain healthy during this time. It is worrisome but I feel we've made the right decision for now.

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