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Eileen and Minnie
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Mar 12, 2017 at 22:31
• Eileen
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Hey all.  Minnie had her dental cleaning a couple of days ago.  Pre-surgical screen came back good except for slightly elevated protein levels.  She hasn't been wanting to eat much the past 2 weeks either.  Vet put her on antibiotics since he thinks she has an infection.  He wanted to try feeding her Science Diet K/D.  She had some the day after her dental, and ate some.  Next day, she had some and threw up 4 times that day. No more of that stuff for her.  Fed her chicken broth the rest of the day/night so that she could settle her stomach down.  This morning I fed her some oven roasted chicken and she kept that down.  I didn't feed her anything during the day since I think her tummy is pretty tender yet.  Tonight I fed her more of the chicken and she ate that down fast.  Plus she had one of her regular treats which she hasn't really wanted in a few days.  She doesn't drink excessive water or have to potty any more than usual and her energy level is normal.  I am worried about the protein levels. Have any of you had a dog with this issue?  Any info would be much appreciated!  


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Allen
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Mar 13, 2017 at 06:03
• Allen
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Have not experienced this. Maybe the doc was right and it was just an infection. Glad to hear she is doing better.

Love Riley

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Patti and Molly and Allie too
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Mar 13, 2017 at 08:45
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Hi Eileen - I don't know a thing about this either, I'm sorry.

I do know it's not uncommon for our beloved little white dogs to go off their food for a bit every now and then. I think random bouts of throwing up is not necessarily uncommon in dogs. Then you add in the anesthesia from surgery, and that can make some of them (and us) sick as well. (I throw up from anesthesia every time myself....)

But I don't have a knowledge base of elevated protein, so I don't know how that might factor into this.

Sounds like maybe she's bouncing back though? I'd keep a very careful eye on her and call the vet again if it comes back or if she doesn't seem herself.

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Caesar and Murphy Latham
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Mar 13, 2017 at 15:50
• Louise
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Eileen, I have seen this in my dogs before.  There are several reasons why total blood protein levels can be elevated.  The most common reasons are dehydration and infection.  You said Minnie wasn't eating very well for 2 weeks.  How well was she drinking?  It sounds like your Vet is on the right tract with antibiotics.  Make sure Minnie stays hydrated.  Elevated protein levels can also be an indicator of kidney or liver function but usually other lab values that are indicators of liver and kidney function are a little abnormal also.   Has your Vet said anything about repeating Minnie's labs in a few weeks or a month or so???  I definitely recommend that.   Let the antibiotic to its thing and let her get over the stress of the dental.  If he did not recommend recheck of her labs I would give him a call.  Louise, Caesar and Angel Murphy


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NimbySue
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Mar 13, 2017 at 18:09
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We have not had any dealings with this Eileen but hope you can get some more answers,if mine have an upset tummy I give boiled white chicken breast only and not the leg meat and brown rice my vet says is better than white...just a little at a time....Let us know how Minnie is doing and nice to hear from you both,Lots of Healing Prayers for Wee Minnie ....Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Eileen and Minnie
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Mar 13, 2017 at 22:34
• Eileen
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Thanks so much for all your replies. I truly value all of your input!  Your day to day living with these wonderful dogs helps to know what can happen to them and we can learn from that.  I emailed Weruva, the food company that I feed Minnie and I heard back from them today.  They gave me some ideas to reduce the protein levels without having to completely change from the food.   I was truly surprised that I got a response so quickly and from one of the founders.  I've used their food for a long time and Minnie has done very well on it.

The vet has not ordered any further testing.  It may be that he is waiting to see how she does on the antibiotics--he is not available again until this Friday.  She ate well today.  Even ate some of her regular food with some roasted chicken on it.  Weruva suggested that I reduce her regular food but add some oatmeal or rice for the protein levels to be less and then add some fish oil as well.  Phosphorus is also a culprit to this problem. 

Her energy level has been normal.  She was really good today.  The best she's been in a while now and I agree that the antibiotics are helping immensely.  From what I've read, infection can play a part in having a higher protein level.  So we are hoping that these levels come down to normal but we will still keep on making sure she is on a lower protein diet. 

Thanks again to each and every one of you for your replies!  I found this site back in 2001 when I first got Chester.  It's been a wonderful place ;)  Hugs to all you and your furkids!

Eileen and Minnie
Chester and McGregor at the Bridge

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Mar 14, 2017 at 16:42
• Deborah
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I'm so glad to hear that Minnie is doing better. Although I don't know anything about glutin, I know these pups mostly seem to have sensitive tummies. I'll be anxious to see how she does after she finishes her antibiotics.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Mar 14, 2017 at 16:44
• Deborah
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I guess I made the assumption that glutin and protein are connected...Like I said, I have no knowledge of either. Guess I should read up on both of them!
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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MacNMe
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Mar 14, 2017 at 17:27
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Gluten is the protein from grains, most commonly used to mean wheat, but actually all grains have their own gluten.

If the elevated protein is associated with an infection, it is due to antibodies (which are made up of protein) and you do not want to tinker with them.  They are there for a purpose.  

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