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Old 01-10-2014, 05:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I would cut back the kibble and supplement with something to help him gain weight or change foods so it is higher calorie per cup....if his stool is normal, it is not highly likely that he has EPI....feed smaller meals, more frequently...

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Any suggestions on what to supplement with? I don't want to do a raw diet even though I know all the benefits. His food is 368 kcal/cup, I don't know if that's a good calorie rate. He was going to go on athlete formula but with having a couch potato dog and Diamond Naturals adult in my area only being sold in 40lb bags we went with a normal adult formula. We were feeding 3 meals a day and went down to 2 times a day but I can go back up to 3 no problem, any more than that will be problematic as I'm not home or we'd be waking up to eat.

Oh thank you Heidi that's helpful!
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Oh thank you Heidi that's helpful!
You're welcome! I hope he doesn't have EPI but if he does this group is a lifesaver.

Many members purchase their enzymes from Diane, it's much cheaper then buying them from the vet. http://www.enzymediane.com/

I pay $270 for a 12oz bottle of Viokase and it lasts us about 5 weeks or so (I buy them from our vet), getting them from Diane is much cheaper.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You're welcome! I hope he doesn't have EPI but if he does this group is a lifesaver.

Many members purchase their enzymes from Diane, it's much cheaper then buying them from the vet. Enzyme Diane -

I pay $270 for a 12oz bottle of Viokase and it lasts us about 5 weeks or so (I buy them from our vet), getting them from Diane is much cheaper.
My heart just sank at that number. I can't afford that, this is so very very frustrating.
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My heart just sank at that number. I can't afford that, this is so very very frustrating.
Don't get too upset yet, I hope Vader has something simple that you can get straightened out. Go over to the EPI group and introduce yourself, you can tell them Nikki's mom told you to sign up

I don't know how much it costs using Diane's enzymes since I don't use them but I am sure other members will be glad to give you an idea how much it costs them per month. Unfortunately we have lots of members with GSD's
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cottage cheese is what I was thinking of.....if you can get regular not low fat it will be better....

it really does not sound like EPI.....anything's possible, but he is just growing and thin...my 26 month old is thin too....he got soft stools from holding it now and then, but I have no worries that he has EPI...I am starting to supplement him with some cottage cheese to up his calories

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Old 01-10-2014, 06:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Heidi-I probably totally did it wrong, hopefully they won't get annoyed at my lack of intro and straight into the heart of the problem. I normally follow the rules! Diane's looked semi-pricy as well. I'm beyond broke with the one problem after another so I'm really hoping they don't think so either.

Wolfstraum-I think he'll love that alternative since I had been giving him some to up his calcium when I was helping him with his ears. That makes me feel better a bit. Thank you.
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its better to do the blood work, that guess and feed enzymes, normal stool`s is not a symptom of EPI, but then again no 2 dogs are the same, your pup may be in the very early stages of EPI
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As much as I'd like to, I cannot afford to just go get the test. If it was $60 no problem, I'd do it in a heartbeat. But $200 on top of a $60 visit, I cannot do right now. I just saved every single dollar from Christmas just for him to get neutered 2 days ago and when he was finished they suggested they were concerned he might have EPI.
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I second what Lee has said. Your dog isn't fitting with EPI at the moment, is not sickly or struggling. Has had multiple surgeries and is still in recovery mode. I would monitor and supplement. If money is tight, order some Sundae Sunday, feed good food and monitor.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:17 PM   #20 (permalink)
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My first dog had pancreatic deficiency and I was advised to feed him on a dog food called skinners was specially designed for pancreatic deficiency he lived a full life a d if kept him going no runs Nd great weight they also suggest raw like tripe it does help

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