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Intestinal Protein Loss in Dogs



Treatment will depend on the underlying disease that is causing your dog to lose protein through its intestines. If your dog's protein level is dangerously low, it may need a transfusion to replace some of the blood protein.


Living and Management


In most cases there is no cure for protein loss through the intestines. Your veterinarian will work with you to develop a treatment plan to help you manage your dog's symptoms, including exercise, and a diet that will ensure that the best possible amount of nutrients are being absorbed by your dog's body. During follow-up visits, complete blood counts and biochemical profiles will be done to make sure that your dog's blood protein level is stable and not becoming dangerously low. Your veterinarian will also check your dog to make sure it is not having trouble with breathing and does not have fluid built up in its belly.


Follow your dog's cues as far as exercise goes. You may need to change your dog's walking schedule or route, depending on its physical needs. Allow for a quiet space for your dog to rest after physical exertion, away from active children and other pets.


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