High Phosphorus in Dogs?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

How high is high?  Was the calcium elevated?  Is he on a large breed puppy food?

In a large breed growing puppy I wouldn’t think much of it…

If they took the blood sample right after a seizure, you can see elevations due to having phosphorus released from the muscles (if it was a full blown seizure). You can also see mild elevations if they are dehydrated, or if he was wiggling during the blood draw and some of the red blood cells burst.

Treatment depends on the underlying cause (treating a low parathyroid hormone, kidney failure, etc) although phosphate binders are available and are relatively inexpensive, but it’s not something I would really worry about in a young puppy.

You can pursue follow up hormone testing, or probably just recheck his level in 2-4 weeks.

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