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Bentley has an elevated ALT too.

Bentley went for his consult and blood work prior to his neuter next week. I got a call today that his ALT was elevated (213). I searched the threads and after reading them I am not going to panic. They will talk to my vet and decide if we will go ahead with his neuter as scheduled or hold off until they are repeated. No other lab abnormalities whatsoever. He will be 6 months old 6/22 and weighs a whopping 10 lbs 6 oz, no vomiting, appears healthy, happy, full of vim and vinegar and and an overall delightful rambuncious little boy...so at this point I will just cross my fingers and hope for the best.

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Sharlene, I am so sorry you have to go through this too. Dugan's numbers were almost the same at Bentley's. Don't stress too much. Talk to your vet and see what they say. There are so many things it could be other than a liver issue.


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Karen, I read your thread and it helped tremendously to keep me in a non-panic state.

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Karen, I read your thread and it helped tremendously to keep me in a non-panic state.
Good advise, don't panic. If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then it should be a duck!!! Meaning, if everything else seems normal, I am sure he will be fine.

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Sharlene, so sorry you have to go through this. 213 is elevated but nothing shocking to keep you from sleeping at night. Make sure you avoid any and all red meat foods/treats. I would get it retested in no earlier than a month. Let's hope it improves. From my understanding, some healthy Havs have isolated elevated ALTs w/o any effects. His baseline ALT may just be a little higher than your average dog.

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Smart lady! It's not that high and some Hav's tend to do this. I'm sure he's just fine! Having said that, you are wise to be watching it.
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Sharlene,

I think it is a good thing to find out early if your havanese has high ALT and adjusting the diet seems to work with a liver supplement.

I am just trying to get Casper's diet figured out, he has high ALT also...but last reading was 149 which was alot better than the first of 347.

There is so much information posted on the forum here it has been a big help to me, although I still have a hard time understand some of it.
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From my understanding, some healthy Havs have isolated elevated ALTs w/o any effects. His baseline ALT may just be a little higher than your average dog.
I am going to make sure I tell them that about it not being to uncommon for Havs to have an above-normal baseline ALT. This was not Bentley's usual vet I spoke with. This vet said they would probably go ahead with the neuter as planned but would let me know for sure once she spoke with my vet.

Any thoughts whether to proceed with his neuter as scheduled.

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Sharlene,
They did Dugan's bloodwork the same day as his neuter and didn't tell me about the high level until after they did the neuter. The vet who did the neuter said he didn't think it was high enough to put off the neutering, but my usual vet wouldn't come out and say she wouldn't have done it, but I got that feeling. They had to pull 3 teeth that they didn't pull at the neuter and she did not want to put him back under until we got his levels under control. I think it depends on your vet and what you are comfortable with. You may want to do the Bile Acid Test and see what that brings.


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Sharlene, this is very interesting. Another Hav with a high-ish ALT level. I agree with everyone about not worrying. Since Bentley is fine everywhere else, it could just be that his level is 'normal' for him. Keep on eye on it and you'll know when or if it's time to do anything else.




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