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I have a Labrador that has dysplasia and was using your Arthro-IonX for a year or so. She seemed to be doing better getting around. Several weeks ago I had her spayed and they ran a blood panel on her at the time. It indicated elevated ATL's (?) and liver damage. The first question from the vet was "is she on any medications?”.

I am just wondering if the Arthro-IonX could in any way contribute to a liver problem. I am also wondering if I should discontinue the Arthro-IonX while she is taking the Prednisone and Ursodiol that they have her on? I hate to be giving her too much stuff all at one time.

I would also like to know if it is acceptable to use the Arthro-IonX in food bowls instead of water. I have 2 dogs and they share a water bowl but have separate food bowls. I don't mind them both taking the Arthro-IonX (as long as the liver issue is not related) but I don't know how much one dog drinks compared to the other. Does this matter?

Thanks for your help.

Smartliving Guest asked this
February 17, 2010 at 3:46 PM

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Dear Teri,

It would be unlikely that Arthro-IonX has contributed to your dog's elevated liver enzymes. Have you given topical flea products or heartworm medications, or been exposed to any human or animal viruses? Be careful of other medications that you might give in the future. What does the urine analysis show? What were the results of the fecal exam? It would be worth checking out the situation.

You may add Arthro-IonX to the food so that you know how much each dog is actually getting. If a dog gets too much it is possible to develop soft stools, because the intestinal flora hasn't had time to readjust. I would continue to give Arthro-IonX at half dose while on the medications that you are giving to treat the liver. I think this will work well for you. Please keep us informed on your results.

Sincerely,
Dr. Char
www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
February 18, 2010 at 3:46 PM
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