quick background:Rex my 10 year old yellow boy that i adopted 8 years ago from a family who kept him tied up 24 x7. they also had a 6 month old mastiff tied right next to him so when we got him, he was skinny. i also didn't notice he had one testicle and straight hocks and luxating patellas. got the testicle removed (after they had to dig around in his abdomen for this tissue that tested as test) and the animal medical center in ny confirmed his leg issues. poor breeding, being tied up, who knows but treat him like a dog and don't throw the frisbee too high.Lots of training and he's a good boy. Current issue: high ALT level. He had this before and i gave him 600 mgs. of SAM-E and in months it brought it down to near normal. My vet isn't terribly concerned, as it's the only level elevated and wants him back on the SAM-E. His breath is also a knock down . We had his teeth cleaned, brush nearly daily, tried the probiotics that are kept in the fridge, and blah blah blah. His breath still is horrid and somehow i think that's related to IBS, which he has had episodes of.
So, my question is, after doing some reading, do you guys think adding a B vitamin may also help lower the ALT?
I cannot answer the question, but wanted to say I'm glad he now has a better life with you. I hate hearing or seeing dogs tied up 24/7. When I stayed in NM not long ago I saw this dog everyday chained. I just wanted to rescue him.
I don't know either but I would consider trying a second opinion with a different vet. I have never hesitated to do that with me and would never hesitate to do it with my dog.
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we've been down this road before. could also be dental stuff, cause he has moderate dental disease. but i found that out on my own and will discuss with the vet.
i added vitamin B to his vitamins and supplements as well, as that also supports the liver.
this is what i found out:sam-e, vitamin b, and add milk thistle.
Last edited by bett; 03-07-2012 at 03:36 PM.
Not concerned so much with the SAM-E, it's one of those could help, can't hurt type of things, but gungy breath can be a sign of kidney issues.
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well, urine was tested and fine. does that mean anything good?