18577 Natchez Avenue
Prior Lake, Minnesota, 55372

Phone: 952-435-8387

Fax: 952-435-8777


Electrolyte Panel

Electrolytes are vital to your pets’ health. Abnormal levels can be life threatening. We need to monitor during vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and cardiac symptoms.

What does it mean?

  • Sodium (Na) – role is water distribution, body fluid osmotic pressure and pH balance.

  • Increase = dehydration, heat stroke

  • Decrease = congestive heart failure, gastrointestinal losses, chronic renal failure

  • Potassium (K) – role is muscle function, respiration, and cardiac function
  • Increase = diabetes, tissue trauma, acute renal failure

  • Decrease = congestive heart failure, constipation, diabetes, peritonitis, renal failure

  • Chloride (Cl) – role is acid-base balance and osmotic pressure in blood
  • Increase = metabolic acidosis

  • Decrease = severe vomiting, constipation

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