|Purred: Sun Jan 17, '10 12:04pm PST |
|The hypercalcemia article was interesting. If hypercalcemia is the cause then the crystals are just a symptom of that and there could be some other health complications if it continues to get worse.
Because there are so many potential causes of hypercalcemia you need to find a vet who can help figure out what the underlying cause is. Can your current vet refer you to a specialist vet who may be able to help with the diagnosis? I know my vets have specialists that they refer to or visit the practice for a number of things where you really need someone with the extra years of training in that field like cardiac specialist. If your vet can't do that you can try the "Local" tab of Catster and search for veterinarians in your area and look for one that has good ratings by other catsters.
From reading the article there are some potential causes that you may be able to see in the lab tests that you already have.
1) Kidney issues may be there is BUN, creatinine, phosphorus levels are high or have risen compared to previous tests. I think kidney disease has to more advanced to create calcium issues but if those test numbers look high or rising that's definitely something to ask about
2) Dehydration. High specific gravity on the urine test can be from dehydration. Run your fingers over her gums to see if they feel dryer/sticky rather than slick/slippery. Pull the skin on Chanel's scruff and let it go - if it doesn't snap back really quickly that can be a sign of dehydration.
3) If Chanel has a low phosphorus level that could be a sign of hyperparathyroidism
Unfortunately there are a lot of possible causes for hypercalcemia and you'll need a vet to help you figure out what the most likely ones are to test for. Hopefully you'll be able to find a good one and figure it out and Chanel can get treatment for it.
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