|12-29-2013 02:38 PM|
I am glad to hear that your new vet is taking this serious. I would take him to see him ASAP. Call your new vet tomorrow to see if they received the records and if not I would call the old vet immediately and request the records to be faxed over again. Or, you could just stop by the old vets office in person and get a copy of his tests/records.
Keep us posted!
|12-29-2013 12:18 AM|
|Breitbach343||So we spoke to our new vet (who is awesome) and he told us to have our old vet fax all of Abel's papers to the office. Once they get them he will look at Abel's blood work but he did give us some info. He said the bloodwork wonít rule out cancer, and that EPI is a possibility but unlikely because of his stool. He offered to give us a stool sample kit and to bring it in within 24 hours but he said the best thing would to just bring him in as soon as we can so he could do a full exam. He said it could be his pancreas too. We called our old vet and they said they would fax his papers over to the new vet on Monday, so if they send it Monday morning we would like to take him that day but who knows because our old vet isnít the best.|
|12-22-2013 07:56 PM|
I had an EPI GSD.....went from 84 lbs to 64lbs before they finally figured it out and I could get proactive. She gained back most of the weight but not all...stabilized at mid 70's. I used the pancreatic enzymes and they worked like a champ. I noticed Enzyme Diane mentioned and that is who I used for the enzymes....a much better deal than Panacare etc,.
EPI is a manageable health issue which shouldn't be a major issue once the diagnosis is made.
I do recall however, besides the loss of weight another symptom was very loose stools since her food was not being properly digested but do not know if this is typical of all EPI dogs before they are diagnosed.
I'll hope they figure out your pooch's situation in short order.
|12-22-2013 06:47 PM|
|12-22-2013 04:06 PM|
|huntergreen||thank you selzer.|
|12-22-2013 02:21 PM|
Known EPI Infected Breeds -
Lots of good info on this site. Also, she can sell you enzymes cheaper than your vet, probably, if you need them.
If the dog has the problem, by applying the enzymes and letting them sit on the food, it will put weight back on the dog. My first EPI dog was diagnosed in July, so I really do not know how difficult overall the problem is to manage. For me it just means applying enzymes to the food and warm water and letting it sit for 20 minutes. But SIBO and vitamin be deficiencies often go hand in hand, so if the dog seems to start losing condition, more bloodwork will be needed and treatment for those things which can mean other supplements, or shots for the vitamins.
Good luck. I hope you get your boy figured out.
|12-22-2013 11:31 AM|
Here is a good article:
Malabsorption Syndromes in Small Animals: Diseases of the Stomach and Intestines in Small Animals: Merck Veterinary Manual
|12-22-2013 10:29 AM|
|12-22-2013 10:18 AM|
I'd probably want to home cook for a dog that's dropping weight this profoundly on commercial food, to see if it made a difference. If that's not an option, maybe try a dehydrated or freeze dried food (Stella & Chewy, Honest Kitchen, etc.). I don't think I'd use another kibble right now. I'd also add a digestive enzyme to any food, while waiting for results -- it doesn't hurt healthy dogs, it benefits lots of sick dogs, and if it turns out to be EPI, it really benefits.
As a supplement (not a meal replacement), I feed sick foster dogs needing significant weight gain these satin balls (but unilike the recipe, I bake them in the oven, covered, at around 350, since most of the dogs I foster come to me already sick and/or immune compromised, so raw isn't an option, but home-cooked works great for them):
Dog Treat Recipes
|12-21-2013 08:58 PM|
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