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Lynn, I am certainly not an expert on this, but I can tell you my experience with Dugan. When he was neutered at 6 months, his ALT was high, around 213. I waited 3 months and got him tested again and it was 210. We did the bile acid tests and if I remember correctly, the before eating was normal, but the after eating was 65 or so. We decided to put Dugan on antibiotics and see if perhaps there was some sort of infection causing a problem. I also changed his food to one that was lower in protein. I switched him to Newman's own, but he started itching so I just switched him to Fromms (with a single protein to help avoid allergies). I also used to give him a lot of boiled chicken for treats and snacks, so I changed this to sweet potatoes to get rid of some of the protein. We went back for bloodwork again a week or so ago and everything was within normal range. Perhaps you want to try to change his diet before anything else. From what I have heard, if they have a shunt, their Bile Acid is usually over 100. My vet suggested I try a fish protein (and stay with one of the lower protein foods) to avoid the allergy issues. I hope this helps.
**Karen, Mom to Brady, Dugan, and Devon
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