Treatment varies according to the underlying cause. Supportive measures will first focus on the symptoms, lowering potassium levels to normal blood levels, while pursuing a definitive diagnosis. Saline, given at 0.9 percent, is the fluid of choice for lowering potassium concentrations and blunting the effects of hyperkalemia on cardiac conduction.
If the dog is dehydrated or hypotensive (abnormally low blood pressure), fluids can be administered rapidly. Medications will be prescribed as appropriate by your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up exams to recheck potassium levels, which should be relative to the frequency dictated by the underlying disease. Your doctor will repeat ECG checks frequently until any rhythm disturbances are resolved.
A cell that aids in clotting
An increase in the number of bad white blood cells
Something that appears white or light grey on a radiograph
The failure of the kidneys to perform their proper functions
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Inside the cell
Too much potassium in the blood
A record of the activity of the myocardium
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
Eliminating or the material that has actually been eliminated
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
A condition of the body in which pH levels are abnormally low.
To slow something down or cause it to stop