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Old 10-04-2011, 11:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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He currently eats Blue Wilderness. For 2 months now he has been slowly losing weight and having soft stools with a few bouts of diarrhea for about a week each time.

I thought it might be because of changes at home - my husband came home from deployment, have had parents in the home and my husband and I have taken off for few days with Frodo being housesat.

Once everything settled down and we got back into normal routines things got a little better, diarrhea went away and stools got more solid but are still soft. It looks like he's gained some weight back. Also, he has started eating his stool. I always pick it up within 5/10 minutes but if my back is turned, he'll eat it as soon as he goes. He has never done this in his life, not until 2 months ago.

No problem with appetite, he actually is acting like he's starving, trying to eat anything laying around house and begging like crazy. Like I said, all of this started in the last 2 months. Could this be worms? BTW, He is going to vet this Friday to be checked.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This sounds like it could be EPI: Overview - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

EPI is common in gsds.
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Are the poops really stinky? I wouldn't rule out parasites right away, but it definitely sounds like it could be EPI....
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Not really any different than normal. And they aren't a weird color. Before my husband came home, everything was completely normal and he's eating the same food.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My Max battled bouts of pudding/soft-serve consistency stools with other periods of all liquid stool from February thru May of this year. I thought that he had food intolerances and tried different kibbles. We then determined that he has small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO, which is common in German Shepherds. He is being treated with Tylan powder and has done superbly.

Since your household has had major changes recently, I would give your boy a little more time to see if his gut settles back down. If the diarrhea continues, he may need to be evaluated further.
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See if you can get the blood tests to determine if he has SIBO. Tylan's great but you'd want the tests first to see if something like that's going on.

It's a cobalamine test for SIBO, SIBO - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency or B12(?).

The weight loss would be the indicator for me. If it's SIBO he could flare and flare badly, and wind up hospitalized. If you can catch it before it gets to that point, it would be best to do so.
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sounds like EPI, showing all the signs, sooner you get a handle on it the better the chance the dog will respond to treatment
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I will definately bring up the EPI thing on Friday at vet. Thanks, I had never heard of it before.
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I will definately bring up the EPI thing on Friday at vet. Thanks, I had never heard of it before.
he`ll need the full blood work done, its not cheap but better than guessing, start reading up on it, there are different enzymes for treatment, something you`ll be doing for the rest of his life, and it will be an experiment at first, 2 best ways to monitor if he does have EPI, is poop and weight, keep us updated
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