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Old 05-14-2012, 10:27 AM
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Lilys ALTs have been extremely high lately. I have to take her back in for a recheck either this week or next.
My question is can that make her not want to eat? Over the weekend she has been refusing food. This morning she finally ate her whole bowl. She acts completely fine otherwise, and her gums are nice and pink. Her vet also mentioned that we would have to do something different of they were still elevated at the next recheck. I wonder what we could even do different. Liver support?
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Zoe recently had high ALTs, too. My boss (I work at a vet clinic) said that it was probably from eating something that didn't agree with her. His exact words were "It's like getting punched in the gut." So yes, I would think that the high values is probably a tummy upset so she doesn't want to eat.

We re-tested after 2 weeks and her values went back down to normal.
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How high exactly are they?

If she's having liver issues she may not want to eat, no, because she's feeling ill. Is she icteric at all?

ALT is a liver-specific enzyme unlike some of the other possible liver-markers on the panel. It means that something is physically wrong with the liver cells themselves. Really hard to say for sure what though without more testing.
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I think normal ranges were 0-100. Heres were 496. They know that its being caused by her current meds, but Im not sure how they are going to do anything about it.
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She's probably super sensitive due to her issue, because I wouldn't have considered that high enough for her to be ill from it.

You can ask about starting something like Denamarin for liver protective properties...
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I know. Her levels have been much higher than that before. She doesnt act any different other than the food issue. Maybe shes just going through a rebelious phase. lol I just worry about every little thing.
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I think normal ranges were 0-100. Heres were 496. They know that its being caused by her current meds, but Im not sure how they are going to do anything about it.
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Have you ever tried milk thistle. There are no side effects involved however there are with Sam-e I would stick to something that seems to work without possible side effects. You could also use a cleansing diet to help the liver recover.

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Thanks for the input. But, unfortunately Lily could never do that liver cleanse. She has an extremely strict diet.
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Ask about the Denamarin. It's a wonderful pill, no cleanse necessary.
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