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7 mo. Shih Tzu with high liver enzyme count and copper in system

We have a 7 month old female Shih Tzu.

She was spayed on February 13.

She was supposed to get spayed on January 30, but her liver enzyme count came back really high. It was 864 and they told us that it was not supposed to be any higher than 118. So, we brought her back on February 13, to get spayed. When they spayed her, they did a liver biopsy.

The results they got back, it was either Microvascular Dysplasia or Liver Shunt. They also found a lot of copper in her system.

What would give her a lot of copper in her system?

We were feeding her Purina Pro Plan for Small Breeds, but after we found out that her liver enzyme count was that high, we thought it might have been the protein, so we switched her to Nutro.

After the vet got some of the results back, they suggested to switch her to Nutro which we already had done.

Can you give me an idea of how she got so much copper in her system? What can we do from here?

Please let us know.

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2 comments on “7 mo. Shih Tzu with high liver enzyme count and copper in system

  1. Can I get an update on this? I’m in a very similar situation with my 8 month Shih tzu but no copper was found. thanks.

  2. Margaret on said:

    We also have a Shih Tzu with very high liver enzymes. We took her to get spayed , having a blood test first, and they couldn’t do it.
    She was on three antibiotics and is on NutraSource along with Beneful as the first one had her going all day/night.
    She plays and is quite active, no signs at all.
    But, I worry about her and I don’t want to take chances having her spayed.
    I am reading about how she might go downhill after that.
    She may not have a long life, but I’d rather it be fun for her and full of spirit.

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