Q. My dogs albumin level is 1.9, is that slightly low?
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. That would depend on the laboratory reference range (so that would depend on your veterinarian).
For example if compared with the laboratory ranges 1.9 ( I am assuming we are talking about grams/liters) I normally use, that value would be mildly to moderately decreased.
Here a list of possible causes of decreased albumin levels.
- Hepatic failure (failure of albumin synthesis)
- Gastrointestinal protein loss (protein-losing enteropathies)
- Renal protein loss (protein-losing nephropathies)
- Other external losses in exudate or hemorrhage
- Hyperglobulinemia (with a â€˜compensatoryâ€™ decrease in albumin production)
- Starvation/protein malnutrition
- Chronic illness
- Laboratory error