• My puppy Cooper is 8 months old (not an option for the age range selection, lol). He has had labs drawn recently and his cholesterol is high, and has increased since January. The vets did not seem concerned but I am. His last result was 375 and was around 330 last time, about a month before. He recently had a gastronomy to remove foreign objects from his stomach and beginning of his small intestine. I want to start giving him coconut oil for dry skin. Is his high cholesterol a concern? The vet tech said this is normal in puppies but I can't find anything on that. Please don't just say ask my vet. You guys always tell me that. Why have this service if that's all you say. Thank you.

    Hi Sam,
    Your local veterinarian will be the best person to answer this question. They have access to your pet’s medical record and will be able to give you the best advice on if this is a concern in your individual pet. In general, the significance of the cholesterol value will depend on if there are any other lab abnormalities present, the type of food being fed, the timing of the blood draw and when the pet ate last, and if any clinical signs are present. There is not as much of a concern about this causing heart disease as in humans. Your local vet knows your pet’s medical history and will be able to advise you on if this is a concern in your individual pet.

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