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My 12 years old terrier mix had her bloods done earlier this

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My 12 years old terrier mix had her bloods done earlier this week and her ALT was 156. Previous tests have also indicated fluctuating ALT reading, but all her other results are within normal ranges. As she has a disc problem in her back that is causing discomfort, she has been prescribed a 1mg Metacam tablet daily for the foreseeable future. Is this medication safe for her with her elevated ALT reading?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 3 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

That ALT is pretty unremarkable. I don't really get too worried until they're well into the 200's or > 300. In those dogs, I'll get more concerned and look for a cause. 156 is mildly elevated and probably not a big deal.

The Metacam that she's on should be fine. I would check kidney and liver enzymes every 6 months with chronic anti-inflammatory use. Other than that, I wouldn't do anything different.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you for your reassurance.

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