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02-21-2014 03:01 PM
wyoung2153 Ok we had our vet appointment and it went awesome. Titan has gained 5 pounds on the new food, switched to Fromm Surf and Turf. He also seemed to have stopped itching a bit so there is thought that maybe he was allergic to something in the other food. No more incidents with seizures or muscle spasms, but still keeping an eye on that. She checked his hips and says they look good, but can always do an x-ray if I wanted. Had no real worry for them except we started more exercising lately and just wanted to make sure.

His labs were good, again, the stool sample was clean, and she didn't see any need to run anymore tests. He was actually SUPER amazing at the vet that day too. He's never agressive but he has a habit of barking at the vet when she first walks in. But didn't think twice this time, though I credit that to the most recent trainings we have been tuning up in regards to his greeting people.

Anyways, we did run a food allergy panel becasue he's still itching and with the food switch, he stopped itching as much, which says something he's probably allergic to in his old food. I'll find out that in a few weeks. I will bring him in to get weighed in another month. She wants him to gain about 3-5 more lbs and then she will be happy. That would put him between 86-89. Perfect for him since he's been 95-100 his whole life up to this point. She said she wants him below 90 since he's getting older and it will only be harder on him and I agree. He really looks great now so I'm comfortable with that.

Thank you all for the advice
02-02-2014 08:04 AM
wyoung2153 Yeah definitely will bring that up to the vet at our next appointment. We're doing a food allergy test too so I'll see if she can include that.

No real temperment change.. we had one incident a week ago where he nipped someone at SAR training but based on the situation and talking to the vet and trainers it sounds more like he was in protection mode vs aggressive. Seeing a trainer next weekend to further his recall and gain more control as I have gotten complacent with him. Other than that one he had been himself. Eating and drinking. . High energy.. stools solid.. even got back up to running 2 miles this weekend which he couldn't do when I got back.. he was out of shape.

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02-02-2014 12:01 AM
Harry and Lola Has his temperament changed at all? ie is he becoming aggressive?

My first thought when reading your post about his seizure was either a tick or epilepsy and with weight loss, I immediately thought of EPI and stress from you being away overseas.

I would do some blood tests in particular for EPI and test for epilepsy, if negative I suppose you should look at stress related illness from being away from you.
02-01-2014 11:34 PM
wyoung2153 Just a small update.. After making the switch to Fromm.. Titan had gained 2 lbs this week let's hope this pattern continues. Have an appointment in a few weeks for a followup and annuals.

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01-25-2014 05:50 PM
Originally Posted by BowWowMeow View Post
Unless his weight stabilizes and he begins gaining I would get the other tests done. His new behavioral issues may also be related.
Right now, the vet wants to do just that. She is having me increase his food or even try a new one and come back in a month. If he hasn't gained she wantsto run another panel of tests.
01-25-2014 05:47 PM
BowWowMeow Unless his weight stabilizes and he begins gaining I would get the other tests done. His new behavioral issues may also be related.
01-24-2014 10:39 PM
wyoung2153 Thank you guys so much for the responses. Looks like I have some research to do nd possibly another phone call to the vet.

He has been normal since that night. dying to get out and play.. more than happy to have the extra food at night too, in the mean time.. I will research those conditions and diseases as well as different foods for him.. thanks again.. I am very happy that I have this avenue to ask about things like this. I always like second, third and fourth opinions
01-24-2014 06:39 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN Very rare, but another dog on the forum had it a few years back - tetanus - just throwing it out there and very doubtful, but just in case.

But a really good tick panel would be a great idea.
01-23-2014 11:39 PM
GatorBytes Acute pancreatitis (roaching of the back and inability to move = pain)possibly w/concurrent EPI (unexplained weight loss), or malabsorption syndrome

Pancreatitis could be brought on by the fatty treats - marrow bone, peanut butter, sausages, BACON (very bad), meat trimmings
01-23-2014 10:49 PM
BowWowMeow Yes, following up on LOR's post: this sounds like a severe muscle spasm or contraction. That's why I suggested Addison's or tick disease (combined with the weight loss).
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