What is a high ALT for dogs?

The normal ALT level in a healthy dog is between 5 and 107 u/L. If the vet sees an elevated ALT, liver or bile duct disease will be considered the prime suspects. There are other reasons for an elevated ALT, including exposure to poisons or toxins, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, pancreatitis and severe body trauma.

What does ALT mean in dogs?

Alanine aminotransferase
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT, formerly SGPT). ALT is a liver specific enzyme in the dog and cat. The highest cellular concentrations occur in the cytosol therefore the enzyme is released following severe, acute and diffuse hepatocellular necrosis.

What is a liver line Shih Tzu?

Liver (AKC color code S 123) is a gorgeous color seen with the Shih Tzu breed. Like blue (though not as rare), liver is based on skin pigmentation, not coat color. The skin points (eye rims, nose, lips, and paw pads) will be liver.

When should I worry about ALT in dogs?

High ALT in dogs can be an indicator of liver cell damage, so it should always be a sign to look deeper for serious liver damage.

What is a high ALT level?

What ALT level is considered high? The upper limit of normal for ALT is 55 IU/L. When an ALT level is double to triple the upper limit of normal, it is considered mildly elevated. Severely elevated ALT levels found in liver disease are often 50 times the upper limit of normal.

Is ALT in dogs genetic?

So slight elevations in ALT, which could indicate liver injury, can go undiagnosed with standard blood testing. Only a genetic GPT test can help vets understand a dog’s genetic predisposition and indicate the need to establish an accurate ALT baseline early enough to monitor deviations.

Can ALT levels go down?

People can lower their ALT levels by making lifestyle changes, such as taking regular exercise and changing their diet. Increasing fiber intake, reducing saturated fats and processed foods, as well as consuming a range of nutrients from fruits and vegetables may all help to lower levels.

How much does a liver Shih Tzu cost?

Shih-Tzu Price Chart

Color Price
Liver $3,500
Red $1,500
Silver $1,000
White $750

How much is a liver line Shih Tzu?

AKC recognized liver Shih Tzu puppies are quite expensive. They can cost up to $3,500 for premium puppies.