Many people have asked what does Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) mean on your Pomskies embark DNA report? Embark recently changed the way they display their test results & added ALT. If blood work is taken, ALT is a clinical tool that can be used by veterinarians to better monitor your dogs liver health. ALT is one of several values veterinarians measure on routine blood work to evaluate the liver. It is a naturally occurring enzyme located in liver cells that helps break down protein. My vet told me ALT isn’t a health condition. It makes their liver values READ differently on paper. For example, she used the analogy of a person having low blood pressure versus normal blood pressure. People with 90/60 function just as good as those with 110/70, it doesn't affect their health in any way. This result is not associated with liver disease. When the liver is damaged or inflamed, ALT is released into the blood stream. The liver may show low normal or normal counts, that is okay. If the Alt says high count, that is a problem. It is important to let your vet know what the your Pomskies ALT levels are, in case they ever have to do a liver test.