Why would a dog’s liver enzymes be elevated? Even severe dental disease can cause an elevation in ALT. In terms of primary liver issues, ingestion of certain toxins or chronic inflammation of the liver (due to infection, an over-reaction of the immune system, genetic disorders, etc.) tend to create the most significant ALT elevations.
What should I do if my dogs liver enzymes are high?
- Diet changes often help.
- Supplements such as SAM-E or milk thistle may help the liver recover.
- Antibiotics are used for infections of the liver.
- Surgery may be an option for dogs with tumors or cysts.
Are elevated liver enzymes in dogs serious? Elevated liver enzymes in dogs can be a concern for some owners as they can indicate disease, however, liver enzymes can become elevated from a range of different causes and they don’t always mean there is a serious problem.
How long can a dog live with elevated liver enzymes? Abnormal liver enzyme levels can usually be detected in blood tests. In isolated cases it may be possible to surgical remove then affected lobe, however this is difficult. The prognosis in most cases is poor, deterioration is rapid once clinical signs develop and death usually results within 3-4 months.