What Are The Causes Of High Potassium In Dogs?
Potassium is an electrolyte that is found in the cells and in the blood of your dog's body. An ideal potassium level is essential for controlling your dog's nerve impulses, brain function and muscle activity. It also plays a vital role in regulating your dog's heart function. The normal reference range for a dog's blood potassium level falls between 3.6 and 5.5 mEq/L. When your dog's potassium level dips too low, the condition is referred to as hypokalemia. Conversely, if his potassium level climbs too high, your dog is suffering from hyperkalemia. Your dog's potassium level is determined by performing a blood chemistry profile. Your dog's kidneys are responsible for filtering wastes from your dog's blood so that they may be expelled from your dog's body when he urinates. Optimal kidney function is vital to maintaining healthy levels of enzymes, minerals and other important substances, including potassium. Your veterinarian will perform an electrocardiogram on your dog to assess his heart rate and rhythm. He or she will review your dog's medical history and ask questions regarding your dog's recent activities, including drinking and urinating frequencies. Diagnostic tests will incl Continue reading >>