Why Is My Dog Or Cat’s Blood Bicarbonate Level Low?
Bicarbonate = Total CO2; TCO2; Carbon Dioxide Content; CO2 Content; Bicarb= HCO3
Ron Hines DVM PhD
To see what normal blood and urine values are for your pet, go here
For an explanation of causes of most abnormal blood and urine tests go here
To see how tests are often grouped, go here
For a more thorough explanation of why your pet’s bicarbonate levels could be low, also see the causes of a high anion gap
Bicarbonate is the most important buffer in your dog or cat ’s blood and tissue fluids. Buffers act like car shock absorbers and torsion bars to lessen large swings in body acidity produced by the normal, and abnormal chemical processes going on in your pet’s body (its metabolism).
Health Problems That Can Causes Bicarbonate Levels To Be Reduced In Your Dog And Cat:
CBC/WBC and blood chemistry panel, anion gap Blood Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Blood Gases, Kidney tests: BUN, Creatinine as well as the many tests suggested in diagnosing the conditions I mentioned in discussing blood pH, and anion gap.