I should probably post this in the health section but I think more people look here. We took Boone to the vet the other day for his 6 year checkup. All was great and in fact he has lost almost 10 pounds--he was 94.5 last visit and now is a slim 85. They took a urine sample, poop sample - all the usual stuff. Vet said he looked great. Well, she called today and said all the lab work came back good except the his albumin level is slightly elevated. Should be around 4.4 and his is 4.7. She wants to recheck in 4-6 weeks.
I am a big worrier, so I am wondering if anyone else's dog has had this and if it is something serious ? If anyone could give me some feedback, I would appreciate it.
Thanks in advance.
boone and joann
I only know how it relates to humans and human levels'. The elevation is ever so slight and in humans this can be a sign of dehydration. Albumin is part of a liver function panel, along with a BUN and Creatinine and to elevate kidney function. So I wonder if your vet is just being very cautious which is a good thing. I'll be keeping fingers crossed that Boones test is " back to normal" on the re-check! Give Boone a smooch from Sammi and I!!
Just wanted to say, thanks for a great explanation dipete! This is an example of what is great about JL.
I'll bet it's normal the second time. Angus has had some levels off now and then - I don't remember if albumin was one of them, but it might have been. Sometimes the doc will just give me a heads-up if it's slightly off. I think with some urinalyses we've retested.
compliant with the restesting? yes
overly worried or freaked out? no
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” H. Keller
I agree with Di on this. It is only slightly elevated. On any given day some things could be a bit elevated. Sounds like your vet is just being cautious.That's good. Hope it is normal next time.
Thanks for the info, Di. That makes me feel better. I just worry too much when it comes to the boy.
I also appreciate all the comforting remarks from all of you. Thank you, JL family.
boone and joann
Yes, I wouldn't worry about it too much as it's only slightly elevated. If it were elevated in addition to abnormal BUN or creatinine, I would be more worried. Good thoughts that the recheck is normal!