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Old 04-13-2014, 01:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our beautiful Shelby started losing weight about 2 months ago.
We took her to the vet last month and he was shocked about how much she has lost which I think was about 10 to 15 lbs. Her stools are very soft and very heavy. The vet did a stool sample and blood test. Both were negative.
No parasites or worms. Took her to another vet this month and she prescribed antibiotics and probiotics. Three weeks later, her condition has not improved.
Her energy level has not diminished however. She still loves chasing things going on runs and playing with her step sister.
Only possible connection we can think of is that just prior to this, she ate almost a whole container of those dog jerky treats in one day. She has also stolen several cans of cat food and opened them up with her teeth. Also, she has eaten whole bars of soap, feminine napkins, tubes of toothpaste and other stuff.
Any ideas please? We're taking her back to the vet but really worried about her.
Thank you so much for any input.
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If she eats all that, there may be something stuck in her stomach/gut causing upset and issues. Did they do scans of her stomach/intestines? Barium?

Disadvantage of NOT crating our pups and allowing them to eat everything when we aren't around is we have no idea what they actually did and when......

Good luck. You know your dog and normal. If one vet isn't helping then you need to move onto the next.
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I wonder if she is eating all that stuff if she is trying to cover some nutritional deficiency?

What food is she currently eating. Do you use digestive enzymes?

Could something be stuck in her yet still let soft stools move on through and the dog is still energetic?
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Do you know if she has she been checked for EPI? Overview - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Here is the test that is required, I would run it to rule it. http://vetmed.tamu.edu/gilab/service/assays/tli
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My friend's Lab ate something the size of a dime. Best get a X-ray before the dog is really ill. Your vet should have recommended this to you. Intestinal blockages kill animals..
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Why is she being allowed to eat all the stuff???

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Here is a good article about "Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies": https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/ga...foreign-bodies

I am just wondering if she is eating all this stuff due to possible EPI symptoms? Is she trying to eat her poop at all? How many times a day does she go? Any stomach noises?

I hope you get it figured out soon!
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As Heidigsd said - ask the vet to test her for EPI, is a simple blood test and if positive you will need to give her replacement enzymes before each meal and probably treat her for SIBO as well.
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if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.

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Thanks for your response. We try to keep things away from her but every once in a while we slip up and leave a door or cabinet open. We have baby latches on all the cabinet doors but sometimes they don't quite latch. She's constantly watching us looking for us to leave the room even for a minute. Once we're out of sight, she checks every possible way to grab at something. We've gotten much better though.
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My friend's Lab ate something the size of a dime. Best get a X-ray before the dog is really ill. Your vet should have recommended this to you. Intestinal blockages kill animals..
Thank you.

With the stuff Shelby has gotten a hold of, I wouldn't be surprised if she had a blockage.
We see the vet tomorrow and hope to know something more than the fact that we'll probably be using our vacation fund to pay for treating her.
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