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My Miniature Schnauzers liver enzymes are increasing ...

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My Miniature Schnauzer's liver enzymes are increasing though still not at a really high level. Her Pre Meal Bile Acids were 12.7 and Post were 51.3. She's had an ultrasound which revealed no evidence of a tumor. In fact her liver and gallbladder appeared normal. Do you have any suggestions? She is on a homemade diet consisting of 1/3 c. chicken breast, 1 c. brown rice, and 1/4 c. mixed vegetables plus two fish oil capsules, vitamins, and calcium. She has had several pancreatitis attacks over the last several years.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 10 years ago.

How old is your girl?

has she eaten home cooked food with garlic or onions?

has your vet mentioned Denosyl for her to take?

Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Terri Riba's Post: She is 12 1/2 years old. Her homemade diet is 1/3 cup chicken breast, 1 cup brown rice, and 1/4 cup mixed vegetables. Nothing else. (no garlic nor onions) The mixed vegetables are green beans, carrots, corn. She gets vitamins and calcium plus Menhaden fish oil capsules (2 a day). She has been on S-Adenosyl-100 (SAMe) for several months. Liver enzymes are not extremely high but keep increasing. An ultrasound in May did not show anything wrong with the liver--no tumor.
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 10 years ago.

Dear friend,

Whatever is causing the Pancreatitis is likely to be affecting the liver as well. Can you please answer a few more questions so I can evealuate the situatuion.

1. how many times has she had Pancreatitis?

2. how was it treated?

3. was she eating something different at those times?

4. is she at the proper weight?

5. has she been checked for diabetes and thryroid issues

Thank you for any additional information,



Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Terri Riba's Post: She has had Pancreatitis 3 times. She is very much a pet: in house and fenced back yard or on a leash. We travel together with family in an RV. I never saw her eat anything but her food. She has been treated basically with Orbax (or other antibiotic), Baytril injection, Reglan Infection, and Centrine injection. Once she was badly dehydrated, so she was on a drip all day. She had extremely high triglycerides for a number of years, and suffered numerous bladder infections. Those stopped several years ago, and that's when the triglycerides were extremely high (2400). We tried everything, and the homemade diet worked (normal triglycerides). Then we started seeing an increase in the liver enzymes. There is just a trend for those to increase. The Bile Acid test is not really high but not normal either. Her weight is at 15.5 lbs and holds fairly steady. It may vary a little, but not much. She was checked for diabetes and thryroid a few years ago but not lately.