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Old 01-17-2017, 06:34 PM
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Seizure and high liver enzyme levels

My dog who will be 6 in 2 weeks and is a chow/shepherd mix had a seizure yesterday. We took her to the vet and they had us do blood work. We got the blood work back today and it's not good. Her liver enzyme levels were really bad. ALP was slightly elevated and her ALT and AST were skyrocket high. I know her ALT was at 637 and they said it should never be above 110. The vet said with first glance it appears she could have liver cancer but I need to bring her in tomorrow for a scan to see if there are any masses on her liver. Well after throwing myself into Google all day and asking a friend who is a human doctor, it seems liver cancer is the only answer. She has also had symptoms such as urinating in my home which she has never done and it smells like urine, limping (her back left leg), and just not really being herself. It's hard to explain that one because if you aren't around her like I am then nobody would notice anything. But she just hasn't been herself. Today she ate a little but she has not been drinking water. I am a mess. Has anyone ever dealt with any of these issues? I need all of the advice I can get. Thank you.

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Old 01-17-2017, 06:59 PM
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I am new to this site and I have no idea how to edit my post but I just realized I wrote her urine smells like urine and well that would be normal. Her urine smells like ammonia. It's so potent!

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So sorry you are having to deal with this. I can only imagine how emotional this must be. No I have not had to deal with that, but I can certainly empathize with what you are going though. I'm sure you will get responses from others that have had similar experiences, and there are couple of Vets that respond too.
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So sorry you are having to deal with this. I can only imagine how emotional this must be. No I have not had to deal with that, but I can certainly empathize with what you are going though. I'm sure you will get responses from others that have had similar experiences, and there are couple of Vets that respond too.
Thank you. This all came out of nowhere and I'm having a hard time with the uncertainty of all of this. She is my first rescue and mommy's girl.

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Well before you get too upset, you should know that an Alt of just about 600 is not 'skyrocket' high... it is certainly high enough to warrant more inquiry and testing, but not high enough to be making any conclusions about cancer.. I see Alts as high as 3000 and they are not always the end of the world. Treating for certain liver diseases will often end up making all the enzymes fall back into the normal range, though getting a diagnosis is certainly a good idea. Seizures, a high Alt and urinary symptoms would certainly make me consider a disease like Leptospirosis in a dog that was acting sick, too. Best to have an ultrasound, test for diseases like Lepto, and consider a liver biopsy if that is in your price range. AT least treat for hepatitis if nothing else is making sense. The seizure symptom is not great but could possibly be completely unrelated. You just need to find out more. Good luck!
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Well before you get too upset, you should know that an Alt of just about 600 is not 'skyrocket' high... it is certainly high enough to warrant more inquiry and testing, but not high enough to be making any conclusions about cancer.. I see Alts as high as 3000 and they are not always the end of the world. Treating for certain liver diseases will often end up making all the enzymes fall back into the normal range, though getting a diagnosis is certainly a good idea. Seizures, a high Alt and urinary symptoms would certainly make me consider a disease like Leptospirosis in a dog that was acting sick, too. Best to have an ultrasound, test for diseases like Lepto, and consider a liver biopsy if that is in your price range. AT least treat for hepatitis if nothing else is making sense. The seizure symptom is not great but could possibly be completely unrelated. You just need to find out more. Good luck!
Thank you. We went in for an xray which led the vet to think cancer as well due to the enlargement of the liver and parts of it is pressing against the stomach. We also found out that Storm had hip dysplasia and it's pretty rough looking around the hips. But due to the liver we can't give her any medicine yet. I have scheduled an ultrasound and biopsy for the 25th and hoping there is some good news with this.

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