After Addie’s last UTI we had her blood tested because of a high specific gravity reading from a urine sample. That blood test showed higher than normal Creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) levels which indicated kidney trouble/failure.
On the advise of our holistic vet, Dr. Friedly, we had her blood re-tested about a month later. The results of that test showed that the Creatinine and BUN levels had returned to the normal range (although at the high-end of normal) but that her alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels now high. In fact, within the 4 weeks between blood tests the ALT (which is a liver indicator) had increased very rapidly and dramatically.
ALT measures the amount of this enzyme in the blood. ALT is found mainly in the liver, but also in smaller amounts in the kidneys camera, heart camera, muscles, and pancreas camera. ALT was formerly called serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT).
ALT is measured to see if the liver is damaged or diseased. Low levels of ALT are normally found in the blood. But when the liver is damaged or diseased, it releases ALT into the bloodstream, which makes ALT levels go up. Most increases in ALT levels are caused by liver damage.
We are already giving Addie Hepagen-C for liver therapy but we had been giving her only about two-thirds the dosage as recommended on the bottle. So, for the time being we are upping her dosage of Hepagen-C to that recommended for her size.
We will be getting another blood test at the end of November to see how things are going.