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High pH in tissue

Medical name: Metabolic alkalosis


  • Belly pain
  • Dehydration
  • Small muscle contractions
  • Muscle spasms
  • Seizure
  • Weakness
  • Unsteady walking


Metabolic alkalosis refers to a pH imbalance in which your pet has a high level of pH in his tissue. This means that your pet has more base than acid in his system, and does not have enough acid to keep his pH level neutral. If your pet is suffering from metabolic alkalosis, you may notice weakness and small muscle contractions or spasms. In more severe cases, your pet may experience seizure. You may also notice your pet is dehydrated. But how do your know if your pet is dehydrated? Thirst is not a reliable indicator, because animals suffering severe dehydration might be too weak to order another round of Gatorade. Luckily, the elasticity of an animal’s skin is a pretty good gauge of hydration or dehydration. Find some loose skin — either on the top of the head or the base (scruff) of the neck, squeeze gently between your fingers and pull the loose skin upward. Normally hydrated skin should spring back in place immediately. Severely dehydrated skin remains standing where you squeezed it; moderately dehydrated skin returns slowly. Severe dehydration is considered an emergency. If you suspect that your pet is experiencing metabolic alkalosis, your vet will determine the underlying cause and treat accordingly.

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