Dog Blood Work Review
(Boynton Beach, FL)
Our question is about our dog's blood work. Although several areas are listed as “HIGH”, his holistic vet states “Good!!”.
In reviewing my mini excel chart below, you can see that the Urea and BUN have been steadily increasing over the last two years. Isn’t this a cause for concern?
Some additional facts: Snickers, a 14 year young male Cocker Spaniel, has been on a homemade diet based on Dr. Karen Becker’s book, “Real Food for Healthy Dogs & Cats” which is described as “A detailed "recipe book" to get you started down the path of feeding an evolutionarily appropriate raw diet to your dogs and cats”.
Snickers doesn’t do well with raw meats, so we cook the beef, chicken and turkey. He has been on this diet since August of 2013. However, since he was having digestive issues, between May 29, 2014 and about June 20, 2014 he was eating (based on his holistic vet’s recommendation), only cooked chicken, canned organic pumpkin and zucchini. By June 24, 2014 he was back to his regular diet.
Date of blood work
7/8/14 2/19/14 7/12/13 4/12/13 4/12/12 Ref range
Alk Phosphatase 146 162 809 1639 1634 5-131
Urea Nitrogen 56 40 27 21 23 6-31
BUN Creatine 62 44 30 26 23 4-27
Platalet Count 713 694 845 895 74 170-400
I should also mention that Snickers was diagnosed with a heart murmur in 2002. In October of last year, he started exhibiting breathing problems, coughing and a lot of breathing noises. Since our holistic vet continued to ignore my comments about this issue, we took Snickers to his conventional vet who did x-rays and an ECG.
The X-Rays report stated in part that, “The cardiac silhouette is mildly increased in height and width.” The conclusions stated: Suspect cardiomegaly. Significance of this is unknown but valvular insufficiency or less likely cardiomyopathy shoud be considered. If clinically warranted, an echocardiogram to further assess the heart may be of benefit. There is mild increased soft tissue opacity seen in the caudodorsal lung lobes but this does not appear to be severe and the significance of this is unknown.
The ECG report stated:
“Lead II ECG: regular rate and rhythm. There is a regular R-R interval with an associated P-wave for each QR5 complex. The average heart is 110 space
130 beats per minute with the PR interval 0.1 seconds. There are no VPCs, A fib or V tach. There are no dropped
beats, sinus arrest or unassociated P waves. There is undulation of the baseline. The P waves are slightly tall and variable in appearance.
Normal sinus rhythm based on heart rate, regular R-R interval and associated P waves. There are no ectopic beats and no evidence of heart block, sinus arrest or unassociated P waves. There is undulation of the baseline as with movement, shivering or panting. There is mild P mitrale suggestive of left atrial enlargement and a probable wandering pacemaker given the variable appearance.
Given the cardiomegaly and cough, the probability of mitral valve endocardiosis and left atrial enlargement with impingement of the main stem bronchi is likely. Check blood pressure. Consider a low-dose diuretics (furosomide or spironolactone). Ace inhibitor (benazepril at 0.25 mg/kg PO bid) and possible bronco dilation (theophylline at 5 mg/kg PO bid). Consider an echocardiogram.
The above assessment is based solely on a lead II ECG.”
The vet suggested several pharmaceuticals which we declined. We opted to use a protocol found at caninehearthealth.com
. See the bottom of this document for protocol information. We used this protocol between November 27, 2013 and March 29, 2014.
The protocol worked and Snickers stopped having the raspy cough and the noises. We stopped on March 29 based on our appointment with his holistic vet about his soft stools and mucus in the stools. At the May 29, 2014 appointment it was decided to change Snickers diet due to soft stools and mucus in the stools. The new diet would be:
With the following supplements:
• Chlorella – 2 or Spirugreen
• CoQ10 – 1/1 capsule
• Soloxine – ½
It appears that Snickers stomach/digestive system is no longer handling the oils and the cayenne pepper and ginger. We are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. He needs the canine heart protocol but it upsets his stomach. Since returning Snickers to his regular food, we have added back the Dog Greens, Carnitine and Taurine.
We also added CoQ10 AM and PM and a sprinkle of D-Ribose at lunch based on Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s book Metabolic Cardiology.
Will this be sufficient to maintain his heart?
One final note – since all my readings indicate that inflammation is the number one health enemy, we use grounding (some call it earthing) for Snickers. He has a grounding pad on his comforter in the foyer that he sometimes lays on.