Sodium and Potassium levels in dogs

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Health

Sodium and Potassium levels in dogs

This is a discussion on Sodium and Potassium levels in dogs within the Dog Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; Ok so Aero got neutered today, and I opted for preanesthetic bloodwork because his breed does not do well with anesthesia. The results were good ...

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-16-2010, 10:58 PM
  #1
Dog Forum ModeraTHOR
 
Cali's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 7,650
Mentioned: 45 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Sodium and Potassium levels in dogs

Ok so Aero got neutered today, and I opted for preanesthetic bloodwork because his breed does not do well with anesthesia. The results were good enough to proceed with his neuter, but they mentioned that his potassium is high, and his sodium is low.
Sodium was 138 (normal apparently is 142-150)
Potassium was 6.3 (normal is 3.4-4.9)

They didn't say much about it, my husband is the one that picked him up and he didn't ask anything into it and I plan on asking my normal vet, but does anyone know if this is a problem, what causes this kinda stuff, etc?
Cali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2010, 11:44 AM
  #2
Senior Member
 
Gordon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 169
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Were those the only two abnormalities they mentioned on the bloodwork, or did they specify that everything else was normal? It looks like the sodium level isn't terribly out of range compared to the potassium level. High potassium could indicate a few different things, but from what I've read it's normally coupled with abnormal kidney enzyme levels/renal issues or cardiac arrhythmia, which it sounds like they didn't mention before the neuter. Plus, there are usually other physiological or behavioral issues that you likely would have noticed before now to indicate something serious (diarrhea, fatigue, appetite changes).

Simple over-exercise can temporarily elevate K levels, too. Common culprits for high potassium are Addison's Disease, urinary obstruction, renal failure, and Diabetes.

It could also be a lab fluke or margin of error issue, too. To ease your mind I would get a copy of the bloodwork that was done before the neuter to give to your normal vet and have him/her do a repeat just to be sure, but you're probably already on that.

There was a lot of interesting info out there when I was reading up on this, but this page summed up the most pertinent points I kept running across if you're interested.

Hope all goes well.
Gordon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2010, 12:47 PM
  #3
Dog Forum ModeraTHOR
 
Cali's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 7,650
Mentioned: 45 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks Gordon! Aero has been completely normal behaviorally, everything else seemed to be in normal range but I will be taking my copy of the bloodwork to my regular vet within the week. :]
Cali is offline   Reply With Quote
Dog Stairs - Dog Steps - Quality Pet Products
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Elevated ALT Levels! CanineCrazy Dog Health 20 10-29-2010 11:35 PM
TOTW -- phos/calc levels? tonisaysss Dog Food 2 03-18-2010 01:03 PM
Large dogs with small dogs? dizzymisslizzy Dog Breeds 12 02-06-2010 03:58 PM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.