The Average Blood pH for Dogs

by Betty Lewis
    Shock and severe blood loss can lead to low blood pH.

    Shock and severe blood loss can lead to low blood pH.

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    A dog's blood pH should fall between 7.32 and 7.42, slightly alkaline. Blood proteins and phosphates, as well as kidney function, are a few of the factors influencing pH level. If a dog's pH level is abnormal, it's usually on the low side of average, a condition called acidosis.

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    Dusty's blood pH can be too acidic or too alkaline. If his blood is below the average blood pH level, his blood is too acidic, a condition called acidosis. The most common causes of acidosis in dogs, and cats, are kidney failure and unchecked diabetes. If your pet's had diarrhea more than a few days, he may have a low pH because he's lost too many high-pH elements due to the diarrhea. Other potential reasons for a blood pH below 7.32 include hypoxia, extremely strenuous exercise, prolonged seizures, starvation and blocked urine flow. If his blood pH is too high, he has alkylosis. The most common reason for alkylosis is sustained vomiting, but too many diuretics can also result in a high blood pH. Of course, if the vet is checking Dusty's blood pH, his other blood chemical values will be examined too. Along with his symptoms, the entire profile will help guide the vet's diagnosis and treatment.

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    About the Author

    Betty Lewis has been writing professionally since 2000, specializing in animal care and issues, business analysis and homeland security. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University as well as master’s degrees from Old Dominion University and Tulane University.

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