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My 5 year old Viszla had a albium level of 2.1, and does appear

to have muscle loss but...
My 5 year old Viszla had a albium level of 2.1, and does appear to have muscle loss but no other syptoms of any kind
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Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

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Albumin is a protein found in the blood,

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and it can be low for a variety of reasons.

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First, the total protein level must be checked, as there are other proteins besides albumin, which may be elevated,

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Globulin, the most commonly measured protein other than Albumin, can be elevated due to inflammation, or some types of cancer,

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and the albumin level will decrease in compensation for the high globulin level, in order to maintain an acceptable total protein level.

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If that situation is ruled out, then we need to break this down into one of a few possibilities:

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There's either not enough protein being eaten (unlikely with a good appetite),

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Not enough protein being manufactured by the liver,

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Not enough protein being absorbed by the intestine (usually there's diarrhea or soft stools in this case),

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Or there's too much protein being lost from the body, either in the urine, or stool (see above).

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If the urine has no significant amount of protein present, we can most likely rule out kidney problems as a source for low albumin.

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I'd want to run a Bile Acids profile to see if the liver is functioning well, this is a blood test.

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Ultrasound is a good test, to check for structural abnormalities in the internal organs,

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but it doesn't tell us much about function.

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both are important.

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The next step would be an Endoscopy of the intestinal tract, with biopsies of the intestinal lining,

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in order to determine if there's a problem preventing proper absorption.

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