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06-24-2014 06:16 PM
DianaM Update. After trying Tylan powder on a whim, he immediately showed signs of improvement; the sulfur gas was the first to go. He is now back to normal weight, slowly improving muscle tone, and is almost back to being his pushy, butthead self. This, along with the improvements we're seeing with the Prozac, has given him a new lease on life.

So thankful to have my dog back.
03-22-2014 01:35 PM
DianaM J Bosworth, we'll keep that test in mind if we're back at the vet again. He has a big appetite, though. No vomiting, except what I would call normal. You know, bile pukes, the once-a-year-SURPRISE puke.

He is losing weight and getting very thin. Pancreatic enzymes and B12 should be here early next week. I have a feeling something went haywire with his pancreas and though he is eating for a 53 lb dog (should be about 49-51 lbs), he is 45 lbs and dropping.
03-14-2014 10:56 PM
J Bosworth I'm late coming to this but did you check for Addison's? Lethargy, hind leg weakness, no appetite, shaking, vomiting, diarrhea do a definitive test you must get the ACTH stimulus test - and this must be done BEFORE any prednisone is given, to get accurate results
03-13-2014 03:39 PM
DianaM Renji has also been extremely itchy lately. His skin and coat are perfect, no redness, no odors, absolutely gorgeous condition. No fleas. But he's always scratching. No new foods.
03-13-2014 02:24 PM
DianaM Again, Renji does get the raw, prey-model diet. For YEARS, we had no problems. The last major GI incidents were when we lived in a newly constructed townhouse with a lot of chemicals. Even I had health issues there. I don't believe the issue is with raw, but I wonder how much raw affects the values, or if it would have this sort of effect.
03-13-2014 02:19 PM
DianaM Vets insist bloodwork is normal. Wishing we thought to ask about pancreatitis; I'd have requested the pancreatitis-specific tests.

This was bloodwork done with typical fasting, over 16 hours between meal and blood draw.
03-13-2014 01:49 PM
blackshep http://www.animalmedicalcenterofchic...ostic-test.pdf
03-13-2014 01:29 PM
Originally Posted by DianaM View Post

Any thoughts? Call me crazy, but while nothing is wildly concerning, this doesn't give a "normal" vibe, either.

Did your vet have any suggestions about these values? Some of the abnormal readings (globulin, albumin:globulin ratio, bilirubin) could be indicative of liver or gallbladder issues, or possibly pancreatitis (although some of the other indicators for pancreatitis are not there). It might not hurt to rule out pancreatitis anyway, however, at it's relatively straightforward. Many practices now have cPL SNAP tests that provide results more or less immediately.
03-13-2014 01:18 PM
my boy diesel the alb/glob ratio was the only thing really out of whack
what did the vet say?

from a human website

High Albumin Globulin Ratio
A high A/G ratio is used to indicate under production of immunoglobulins. This condition is seen due to presence of some genetic disorders, hypothyroidism, high protein/high carbohydrate diet, Glucocorticoid excess, low levels of globulin (hypogammaglobulinemia) and leukemia.
Read more at Buzzle: Albumin Globulin Ratio
03-13-2014 12:38 PM
Renji's bloodwork

Any thoughts? Call me crazy, but while nothing is wildly concerning, this doesn't give a "normal" vibe, either.
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