Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
[Puts on nursing cap...] The elevation in hemoglobin and hematocrit is very slight and I'd guess it's because your dog may have been slightly dehydrated at the time blood was drawn. It's definitely not something I'd worry about.
Elevated ALT (in humans, but the canine norms are fairly similar) generally indicates some sort of hepatitis. It can also be due to the liver being injured by a drug or toxin.
When my husband was alive, our GSD, Tasha, escaped from the backyard because he wasn't watching her carefully. She ate something/got into something toxic, and during the night, she threw up all over the hall rug several times. By the next morning she was running a high fever and was so weak, he had to lift her into the car to take her to the vet.
She was treated with antibiotics, and recovered quite quickly, but her ALT remained elevated for quite some time. The vet had me doing all sorts of tests on her that were costing $$$$. All sorts of dire predictions were made: Addison's disease, cancer, etc.
I finally put a stop to it, because she seemed perfectly healthy. When she was next due for her shots, I had the liver enzymes retested. They were perfectly NORMAL!!
Tasha passed in her sleep at the ripe old age of 14 years.
So, to make a long story short, your dog MAY have been exposed to some toxin or infection that did some damage to the liver. The liver detoxifies most of the toxins that get into our bodies, but it can suffer damage from the toxins. Because of this, it's one of the few organs that has the ability to heal itself, given time. I'd retest the enzymes before going for the liver function test. It might save you a bundle of money.
Last edited by Sunsilver; 07-10-2019 at 05:35 PM.