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Old 05-25-2014, 10:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Saphire should be here soon, with more experience than I have.
Her previous dog, Floyd, was bought from what she thought was a great breeder and had EPI.
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Super G...understand completely...i lost my last girl Nov 2011...she was 11.5...i lost her due to infections that kept coming because of her incontinence that she was diagnosed with at 5. She was a pet store dog...what did I know 14 years ago. She ate Iams from the day I brought her home. One day we made the decision that I cleaned her private area for the last time..did her laundry for the last time...she was panting alot due to her discomfort and just looked at me with that beautiful face and said mom I have had enough....so I'm sure you can understand why it feels like my heart is breaking all over again...and Abbey is just over 2. Thanks for all the good advice!
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I look forward to anything Sapphire might pass my way...
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:22 PM   #14 (permalink)
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She is telling me that she fed Floyd raw pancreas and yes it helped a lot but he still needed powder enzymes as well. B12 is a problem, she says, and SIBO can be a problem, no two dogs are the same.

She says to let you know that she will post when she gets home.


Again, I'm really sorry. I remember your dog, she was 10:45!
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thank you sunflowers..look forward to hearing from her.
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I said "goodbye" to my first shepherd at 6 years old ...cancer so they said...so I know the feeling....so 8 was better than 6.

Needless to say....I went elsewhere for my third and current GSD.....feel like a fool going back to the same place twice with my first two....but live and learn....funny thing...if I could do it all over again...knowing what I know today...I'd share my life again with both those dogs for 6 and 8 years....heck..they were going to end up somewhere.....better with me than so many other homes...I was the winner..no matter how I slice it.


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Sunflowers...LOL...yes Abbey was 10:45...,now she is more like 8:20....
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My first GSD Brandy..yes came from a pet store..of course I know better now..but I thought breeders were for fancy people with lots of money that wanted show dogs. I wanted a pet. I might not have been certain what conditions her parents lived in...but we knew when we saw her that she was the one...she was the true meaning of a gentle giant at a cool 100 lbs...she loved everything and everyone...and I wouldn't change a thing I did that day...she was brought to me for a reason regardless of where I actually bought her from...i still miss her.
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:43 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I can understand you frustration since my story is very similar to yours. I am sorry that Abbey has EPI but at least you know and can start her treatment. I am seeing so many dogs diagnosed with this lately it's insane

I would join "epi4dogs" and read through all the great information. The members are great and will help you with any questions: Overview - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Nikki is on Tylan for life for SIBO and gets weekly B12 injections. She gets special treats because she also has food allergies and atopy. I would not give Abbey any treats right now until her EPI is stable. Do you know what her B12 level is?
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:48 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Heidi..i do not know what her B12 level is..i assume this is the next step. It just seems between kids and dogs...the allergies and issues are like none I have ever seen. When your buying dog food...ever wonder why there are over 100 kinds and brands and recipes?? I know I have. Thankyou for your advice!
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