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    liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    Hi all,

    I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! I'm looking forward to the cooler temperatures so little Maximus could play outside more.

    I've been MIA since Maximus went to the ER in June and we found out his ALT was elevated (up to 800!). He had the biles acid test done as well as an ultrasound that came out pretty normal. We took him off his raw diet and started home cooking. We are checking periodically his ALT levels and they still remain high so I finally caved and Maximus is now on a course of antibiotics.

    I was wondering if anyone else went through this - elevated liver enzyme in asymptomatic dog. We are holding off on the neuter surgery and trying to find out what is actually causing his enzymes to elevate. So stressed...

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    Aw poor sweetie! Things wrong with no answers in sight is such a rough thing!

    I wish I could help you but I have no experience with this! I'm sure someone here may have an idea!

    Stop worrying your family, Max!
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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    Sorry to hear this

    Have you heard about Milk Thistle? It helps rebuild liver cells and detoxes the liver. It is known to lower elevated liver enzymes.
    There is also a product made by Dr. Mercola called Kidney & Liver support. You might want to look into this as well.

    Out of curiostity : Why did the vet prescribe antibiotics?

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    I am so sorry to hear about this problem. Hopefully the answer to lowering those levels will be found soon.

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    Quote Originally Posted by MaplesMommy View Post
    Sorry to hear this

    Have you heard about Milk Thistle? It helps rebuild liver cells and detoxes the liver. It is known to lower elevated liver enzymes.
    There is also a product made by Dr. Mercola called Kidney & Liver support. You might want to look into this as well.

    Out of curiostity : Why did the vet prescribe antibiotics?
    Yes we have milk thistle and used it in the beginning. We initially thought Maximus had some poisoning (that's why we went to ER). We were monitoring his ALT and they should have gone down by now but instead they elevated so much... then we went for the follow up tests. The vet suggested putting him on antibiotics since he might have some infection in the gut. We held off on the antibiotic route until now since next step is liver biopsy which I really am trying to avoid. He's only 15 months!

    We decided to hold off on the milk thistle, denamarin and other supplements since we really want to get to the bottom this. If we find out there is actually something wrong with his liver, we will of course give him milk thistle and other supplements that help detox his liver. Other than his ALT level, he seems normal.

    I'm perplexed since I'm so picky about his food and treats. He was on a raw diet and I'm careful what treats we give him. He gets home cooked food now and his enzymes are pretty much the same so I'm sure it's not his diet. This dog stresses me out so much. heehee

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    At least it doesnt seem to physically affect him (yet).

    I hope you will soon find out what is causing all this. Obviously its not his diet. Had he been exposed to a lot of pesticides, (flea & tick) spot ons, lots of medication, etc?

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    I am so sorry to hear you're going through this! My furbaby went through similar issues... changed her diet, multiple ultrasounds and misdiagnosis in between. I was just as nervous with the biopsy but it is really the only thing that will help you get to the bottom of it and get your baby back in good heath. My little Frenchie was diagnosed with Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis and since she's been on meds has made a full recovery. Although she'll be on meds for life, Hailey lives a happy healthy life and so can your little Frog Dog The one piece of advice I would say is that Denamarin seems to be key! There are two other medications she's on but feel the Denemarin has been instrumental. Best wishes and keep us posted!

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    Poor baby. I hope they figure out what is going on soon.

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    I have no experience with this but wnat to send well wishes, positive thoughts and prayers that you find the cause and he recover quickly!

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    @Kristen - Thanks for sharing Hailey's experience. They are such happy creatures. This morning, Maximus bumped into another frenchie and they were having a blast playing on the sidewalk. He plays differently with frenchies compared to other dogs. He was play growling and I couldn't help it but smile. I feel like when it comes to other life situations, I'm totally calm about it. When it comes to the dog, I turn into such a nervous wreck.
    @MaplesMommy - No flea/tick/heartworm prevention for my furbaby. I use lavendar oil/water spray for prevention. The only medication he is on are the antibiotics.

    Thanks everyone for the support! Only other dog (obsessed) owners understand.

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    This is so odd. I hope you will find an answer soon!
    Until then, fingers crossed that he will contine to be his happy self

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    Re: liver enzyme ALT still elevated :(

    I sure hope you get an answer soon! Poor pup!

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