After talking to my Vet, we decided to book another ALP (alkaline phosphatase) test in three months. ALP is an enzyme that helps break down proteins. The body uses ALP for a wide range of processes, & it plays a pawticularly important role in liver function. We have also included a Bile Acid test which will give us more information about how my liver is functioning.
Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. Many of you know that I live with idiopathic canine epilepsy, being diagnosed when I was just 1 year old. I have to take several AEDs (anti epilepsy drugs) daily. One of them is called phenobarbital. Long term use of this drug can negatively effect the liver.
Recently, my bloodwork showed a slight elevation in my APL levels. My vet isn’t overly concerned by the number, she reminded huMom that Phenobarbital can turn on the production of ALP. Phenobarbital can benignly cause an elevated ALP, but as I mentioned it can also cause liver damage over time. Because of this we have dogcided to more testing so we can differentiate between a benign or toxic liver change. An increase ALP can also signal a gallbladder or bile problem or a tumor in the liver. More testing will help huMom understand what is going on so we can move forward proactively. We even discussed pawtentionally meeting with my neurologist if necessary.
In the following weeks I’ll dogsplain what a Bile Acid Test is, how it works & why I’m having one done. I’ll also be barking about something called Euthyroid Syndrome which can be caused by phenobarbital. I also will be addressing those who have concerns about how CBD oil can effect the liver.
CEO Olivia ❤