Q. Why is the calcium levels so high in my Bassett hounds blood work?

Answered By

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.

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.


Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.