Rex broke a tooth a few weeks ago. He'd not wanted his dinner one evening which is extremely unlike him, although ate his breakfast the morning after so I didnt think too much of it. However, that evening I found part of his tooth just hanging off so the vet pulled that part off and he was booked in to have it removed and have a dental while he was under.
Rex will turn 12 this year so I opted to have pre-op bloods. I do tend to have them done anyway, but I think its especially important when a dog is aging. As yet, I've not had one come back with anything out of the ordinary but our luck ran out. Rexs came back with a high liver enzyme but he needed the tooth out so the plan was to give him fluids before, during and after as well as scan his liver. Thankfully the scan came back clear and he came round from the anaesthetic without any problems.
I went away and researched liver issues and diet wanting to be as armed as possible IF a diet change was needed. I know there are plenty of hepatic diets out there but ideally I would like to continue with raw if we can. Basically its a diet where the main protein consists of white meat; white fish, chicken, turkey, cottage cheese & eggs. There are various supplements the main ones being milk thistle and turmeric.
Rex went in the following Monday for a Bile Acid Stimulation Test to test the degree of liver dysfunction. Essentially its a fasted blood test, followed by a fatty meal and a further blood test 2 hours later. The results came back the following day and, thankfully, came back normal. So his liver is working normally but something is stressing it. The plan of action is to change his diet, use supplements and re-test. If its improved then we know its diet related and we can try playing around with that, if it hasnt then we know its something else. Only time will tell.
2 weeks ago