Q. What is a good diet for a dog with high calcium? My pet does not demonstrate symptoms of hypercalcemia. The vet wants to repeat test in three months,

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A. It is unusual for a dog to develop hypercalcemia due to dietary intake, unless you or your dog is taking supplements containing high doses of calcium. Diets high in fiber, diets to treat kidney disease or diets to prevent calcium oxalate stones have all been used while managing the hypercalcemic patient. If your dog is currently hypercalcemic, treatment (regardless of the cause) should be initiated to prevent kidney damage, cardiac concerns or neurologic issues. Lab error can be responsible but other causes should be ruled out in the meantime instead of leaving him in a potentially hypercalcemic state for 3 months, especially if the ionized calcium level was very high.

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