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Need help with blood results!

June 13th, 2006, 06:38 PM
What does this mean?

alk. phosphatase - result 234 - high
ck - result 396 - high
mchc - result 36.8 - high
neutrophil sg - result 80 - high
absolute lymphocyte - result 990 - low

I have a 7 y/o boxer, male neutered.

This is from a comprehensive canine bloodwork.

Thanks in advance for your help.

June 13th, 2006, 08:17 PM
Here is some lab test info sites that explain, but I don't want you jumping to conculsions by what you read,

for example ALT when you read may indicate liver damage, but AST and ALP you did not post as being off which would be really worrying if you did.

when you put ALT and CK together it suggests muscle damage of some kind. Has your dog been doing some very hard running around with a couple of days prior to the blood work being done, if so that could account for the values being off, adding in MCHC which is high iron levels could suggest an iron toxicity.

I am by no means an expert just a pet owner of a breed that has unusual blood values, what I wrote above does not mean you are looking at an iron toxicity, it was an example of how combining different values can effect the diagnosis . you can't just look at one value singularily, the vet has to look at all to levels together both the good and the off results, including history of the dog to and piece things together like a jigsaw puzzle to start forming a picture, and extra tests, if there is a concern may be needed in order to have more pieces of the puzzle to help complete the picture. So your vet is the best person to talk to about the results if he has trouble with it you may need to ask for a specialist if their is concern

MCHC is an abbreviation for mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration. This is the average percentage of hemoglobin in each red blood cell. A high MCHC indicates that there is too much hemoglobin in the red blood cell, indicating a high iron level since an important component of hemoglobin is iron. Iron excess is just as damaging to the body as iron deficiency. A low MCHC indicates anemia.

(SG) Segs is an abbreviation for segmental neutrophils. These are the primary white blood cells responsible for fighting infections. High levels of neutrophils indicate infection. Low levels can indicate sepsis. The neutrophils are concentrated in the area of infection or are rapidly being used, leaving less circulating in the blood.

June 13th, 2006, 10:42 PM
Why isn't your vet explaining it to you?