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True Story: Lily
- Mixed Breed
- Digestive Issues, Food Allergies / Intolerances, Inflammatory Bowel (IBD / IBS / Colitis), Liver Issues
During the Fall of 2012, one morning Lily became severely ill. So much so that she was in intensive 24-hour care with an IV for several days. Her bloodwork was normal with the exception of an elevated ALT level. The ALT (alanine transaminase) is an enzyme present only inside liver and muscle cells in dogs. High ALT levels are specific for liver damage. When liver cells are injured they become "leaky," releasing ALT in the blood.
While Lily was released from the hospital several days later, this was only the beginning of a long, emotional, and expensive journey. She continually experienced bouts of sickness that required various antibiotics all the while her ALT level continued to be elevated evening reaching almost 500 several times (the normal level is 10-100). During this time, many ailments were considered and treated, numerous tests were conducted, and various diet changes, supplements, and other remedies were tried. While Lily's doctor was determined, knowledgeable and persistent, I was equally so and spent many hours researching Lily's mystery illness as well as thousands of dollars in the process of trying to bring her back to good health.
In November of 2013, I switch Lily's food to Zeal. She had tried a number of other 'premium' LID foods over the past 18 months but was still experiencing bouts of sickness and elevated ALT levels. Lily had her liver level (ALT) checked on 01/03/2014 and for the first time in about a year and a half, her ALT level registered in the normal range - her ALT was 91.
Words cannot describe how thankful I am that Lily's liver is functioning normal again. I am certain that changing Lily's food to Zeal contributed significantly to Lily's amazing recovery.