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07-01-2014 04:10 PM
WVGSD My boy was not tested for EPI. We were ruling out one thing at a time and I joined this forum in search of help. Like you, he was not my first GSD or my first rescue. Metronidazole did not help, he had loud gut gurgling noises and diarrhea. My vet suggested an endoscopy and I agreed if we could not get the diarrhea under control otherwise. I read threads about inflammatory bowel disease and Tylan. With my vet's blessing, I tried it. It worked wonders for him and he was able to be maintained on a very small dose daily. He could only tolerate the salmon-based kibble and loved a raw turkey neck with each meal. He gained 24 pounds and looked superb when I lost him just one year later.
07-01-2014 11:08 AM
GSDAlphaMom THe culture results are not in yet. He's on boiled chicken and rice for now and it has helped but he is getting tired of it and is turning his nose up at it. At least that rules out a partial blockage. Moms suggested a bovine probiotic that helps with nutrient absorbtion. Most are plant based (which is what he has been on all along). It came in this morning so I'm going to start it today.

Sorry about your boy Shannon. Was your boy tested for EPI?
He has been on his food for months with no issues but maybe he has developed something. The other dogs are the kibble with no issues so it's not the food but I am leaning toward it being the food and him. I'm waiting on the culture results before making any decisions. I will probably re-introduce raw and cross all my fingers, toes, legs, arms and anything else I can.
07-01-2014 09:52 AM
WVGSD For what it is worth, my rescued GSD was 30 inches tall and weighed 70 pounds when seized by animal control for neglect. He had mushy soupy stool and metronidazole did nothing. Tylan powder worked and worked like a charm. I switched his kibble to the high calorie Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach, gave him a raw turkey neck with each meal and hid the Tylan powder in a gelatin capsule in a meatball of canned food. He gained weight, stabilized his gut function and weighed 92 pounds when I lost him suddenly to a tumor on his spinal cord.

The "diagnosis" by default was small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
06-30-2014 06:49 PM
shepherdmom My boy had really liquid stool like that and wasn't gaining weight as he should have been really itchy as well. Took him off all the good stuff and just gave him pumpkin and science diet. It worked. He started gaining weight and has had firm poops ever since. Several times I've tried to switch him back to the good stuff and every kind I've tried has caused him to slip backward and start getting itchy again. He has got to be allergic to something in the grain free's but I can't figure out what it is. the only thing they all seem to have in common is rice and I didn't know you could be allergic to rice...
06-30-2014 03:46 PM
Squeetie Has the vet gotten back to you on your guy yet?
06-26-2014 09:50 AM
GSDAlphaMom Appreciate it! Culture is being sent to lab today but won't have those results until Monday. In the meantime I've up'd the probiotics and Carmen and Moms have pm'd me with some good information. Fingers crossed we get this resolved.
06-26-2014 09:41 AM
Squeetie I don't have any advice, but wanted to send my best for your little man. I hope you and your vet figure everything out soon!
06-26-2014 01:49 AM
wolfy dog That is quite the puzzle. How about taking him to a homeopathic vet? What is his activity level like? have they looked into Lyme disease (test)? Auto immune issues?
06-25-2014 10:51 PM
GSDAlphaMom Yes no issues until 2.5 weeks ago. He is 7.5 months. This is beyond just a thin pup. Vet noticed it first thing. I wouldn't call him emaciated yet to the extent hips are showing but a 7.5 month old should have gained something in 6 weeks and he obviously very thin at first glance. He is 10-12 lbs under weight.

I cut the raw out a week ago along with supplements so I'm down to a single source, and one he has been eating since he arrived (with solid stool). I'm happy the gut blood test were negative. I'm actually hoping they find a bacteria in the occult test that is the culprit (one that is treatable).

Wolfy I do use applie cidar vinegar in their water. THe raw is some what local...it's here in texas. This is not pre made raw from a store. Tripe is something I feed routinely. I suspended the raw a week ago to see if there was improvement on just kibble. None. I'm considering switching that now and just feeding him raw and cutting out the kibble and see what happens. I started the Honest Kitchen Perfect Form tonight. It has slippery elm and pumpkin.
06-25-2014 10:41 PM
wolfy dog How about cutting everything out that is pre-made like the raw mix and kibble and just get all your raw ingredients locally so you know exactly what he gets. Did you try kefir, yoghurt, apple cider vinegar? I had one dog who had bouts of this for days and the only thing that worked was raw tripe, at that time from greentripe.com.
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