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Clinical

This is a Clinical condition.

ALT Activity

What is ALT Activity?

Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is a clinical tool that can be used by veterinarians to better monitor liver health. This result is not associated with liver disease. ALT is one of several values veterinarians measure on routine blood work to evaluate the liver. It is a naturally occurring enzyme located in liver cells that helps break down protein. When the liver is damaged or inflamed, ALT is released into the bloodstream.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Dogs do not show any outward signs when they have this clinical trait.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Genetic testing is the only way to provide your veterinarian with this clinical tool.

How is this condition treated?

Veterinarians may recommend blood work to establish a baseline ALT value for healthy dogs with one or two copies of this variant.