Alkaline Phosphatase level on my dogs blood work severely low...?
Here's the deal...I had diagnostic blood work done on my 2 year old pit bull. The ALP level was severely low. I know that when ALP levels are really low it could be one of several things: genetic bone defect, liver disease (ruled out), a dog being anemic (ruled out), malnutrition (ruled out), hypothyroidism (ruled out) , celiac disease, magnesium or zinc deficiency, menopause (ruled out because my dog is a neutered male.)The only things that I have yet to rule out are the magnesium and zinc levels and the celiac disease.The blood test alone just to check zinc levels is $180...I CAN NOT AFFORD THAT! I can do a magnesium test, because it is only $35...and I have no idea what Celiac Disease is, I have never heard of it! Can they even do a test to determine if he has Celiac Disease? (I don't think I spelled it right!)Can anybody shed any new light on Alkaline Phosphatase levels for me and the severely low range blood results?His result is less than 5 and the normal ranges are from 20 to 150. I spoke with three different vets in my area about this and I knew way more about it than they did...weird seeing how I am just a concerned canine mother with no vet training whatsoever.It is really scary to me, cause I feel if ALP levels were not important, then it would not be measured on diagnostic blood work. It's on there for a reason, right?Another important thing, I should add, is that the symptoms of low ALP levels in dogs are rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, intolerance to cold, severe weight loss, constipation and fatigue. My dog has ALL of these symptoms but one, severe weight loss.If I can not figure out what is causing my dog's low ALP levels...just the symptoms alone could prove fatal long term.Can anyone shed any new light on any of this for me! Any Veterinarians or Vet Techs out there that have dealt with this before or either just have knowledge or suggestions for me?I appreciate your help in this area and I would like to humbly thank you in advance! I know this is not an easy!Oh yeah, by the way, his other results of his Blood Work were within their normal ranges, but a few, and they were really close to being normal!
Posted 3 years ago in Other by CodeCrafter


I'm sorry you have to go through this. I can't answer your question, but did some research on low ALKP levels:* ETA: It sounds like all these lead to Cushing's Disease. Is your dogs bell bloated? Are you noticing any hair loss/color change? It might be safe to at least rule out CD.* ETA 2: Celiac DIsease does NOT sound like what your dog has, based on what I found. It sounds like it's just a gluten intolerance that can cause a bad reaction, found in Setters. I've helped some, hope your pup gets better.
I'm sorry I can't give you much information on your doggies specific illness BUT I can offer some advice from experience: Get a second opinion. My doggie had the same vet forever and I day and I spent a lot of money on tests because the vet scared me to death with these ambiguous possibilities. I told my sister, who lives in another state, and she suggested I get a second opinion. The second vet was totally more open and helpful, explained things to me clearly and didn't use "scare" tactics. Thankfully my dog turned out to be totally healthy.I am NOT saying your vet is doing this, there may be total merit for her/his theories. I am saying, sometimes a second opinion is the best thing for peace of mind and security. Ask your vet's office to give you photocopies of all your doggie medical/test history. Don't feel shy or awkward about this. It's your right.Good luck!
I agree about the second opinion - it does sound like Cushings as someone else has said, and that is a different test than you mentioned. FYI, celiac disease would mean he couldn't digest wheat or it would make him very ill. Whatever the problem, you really need someone who will look at the most likely cause - one test shouldn't lead you down a path, the entire picture should.
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