Hello everyone, I will try and make this as brief as I can.
A few days back, I noticed some weight loss in my 5-year old border collie/basenji Ayana. She's acting completely normal, energetic, playful, her appetite is unchanged, her stool is normal and overall the only thing amiss was the weight loss. Just to be sure, I took her in to the vet to get her checked out.
Upon weighing her, I found she'd gained back more than a pound of the lost weight just since I weighed her when I noticed the initial weight loss, which was about four days prior. The vet checked her out, gave her a clean bill of health (stool was fine, eyes, ears and gums all healthy, muscles strong, etc) except for one thing. There was a very small amount of bilirubin in her urine.
They did blood work to do a more thorough analysis, and they called me today to tell me that everything checks out except for - again - the small amount of bilirubin they also found in her urine. I picked up some pills for her today, which is supposed to help thin her liver bile (I think???) to help with everything. The vet says it's possible there may be a small gallstone which is causing the problem. (Though she admitted it was odd that there were no other symptoms, and even explained to me how a dog would normally be behaving if a gallstone were present.)
Upon getting home today, I did a search on bilirubin levels in dog urine, and I ended up reading that small amounts of bilirubin in urine tests are sometimes normal for healthy dogs. This surprised me, because my vet had practically convinced me earlier today that my dog is going to be on this medication for the rest of her life!
Is this true? Has anyone else here found low levels of bilirubin in their dogs urine, and if so, what ended up being the culprit? (If any?) My vet wants to do an ultrasound on my dog next week, in which my dog will have to stay at the clinic all day. My dog is incredibly anxious, (despite all my training efforts, she's just a naturally anxious/sensitive dog) and she has never been away from us for that long in a scary place. (She hates the vet. Again, despite all my training efforts.) I don't want to put her through a horribly traumatic experience if there's nothing to worry about.
NOTE: I totally understand that moderate/high levels of bilirubin in urine/blood is a very bad thing, but the vet was very adamant that this was not the case for Ayana, and also assured me that my dog is 100% healthy in every other way.
Topic: Are low levels of bilirubin sometimes normal in healthy dogs? Has anyone here had an experience like this, and if so, what was the result? Is an ultrasound really necessary, or should we just give her the prescribed pills and then re-test her urine in a few days? Any advice would be hugely appreciated!!