Q. Why is the calcium levels so high in my Bassett hounds blood work?
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. I hate to say that the most common causes of hypercalcemia (high calcium levels) is cancer (lymphosarcoma being the most common cancer type). Some other not so common causes of hypercalcemia are: primary hyperparathyroidism, chronic renal failure, hypoadrenocorticism, and hypervitaminosis D (which will present with more toxic signs like neurological signs). I would discuss which of these is more likely based on the other physical examination findings and the rest of the bloodwork so that a plan can be devised on what the next best step is for your pet.