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01-04-2013 08:46 PM
3dognite
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Originally Posted by lzver View Post
You've gotten good advice so far. When we thought Jake had EPI back in the summer, the people at the epi4dogs forum were great! They have a lot of knowledge and experience there.

Sounds like your vet is running the TLi, Folate and B12 tests all at once which is good.

We had those 3 tests run in August and the vet said Jake didn't have EPI. The folks over at epi4dogs pointed out though that Jake's Folate levels were on the high side and to talk to our vet about SIBO and getting him put on the antibiotic Tylan. Turns out that was Jake's issue. He spent 2 months on Tylan and the improvement after just a couple days was amazing.

Good luck figuring out what is wrong with Rebel. After months and months of vet visits, tests and trying different foods, I was pretty desperate by the time we were running the EPI blood tests. Part of me almost wished he had it just so we had an answer as to what was wrong. At the end of the day, running the tests gave us an answer and fortunately he doesn't have EPI. Without being proactive and seeking out advice at epi4dogs, I'm not certain when we would have figured out what was wrong. I used to feel bad about going to the vet and asking about certain issues and asking for tests they didn't really think were necessary, but sometimes you need to be proactive and fight for an answer.
Thanks...thankfully having been here on this forum for a while and seeing some of the posts, I may have by-passed a ton of the testing some have gone through. I just feel sick that I have to wait til Tuesday to get the testing done. For sure we're looking at SIBO as a possible problem--and one of the people on the epi4dogs site said that she thought that might be his only problem. But the testing should tell the tale.

I did order some of the enzymes, just a sample for now and luckily if he needs b12 shots, my sister in law is good at giving dog shots since they run a Shorthair kennel--AND she's a nurse in her "real" job.
01-04-2013 12:33 PM
lzver You've gotten good advice so far. When we thought Jake had EPI back in the summer, the people at the epi4dogs forum were great! They have a lot of knowledge and experience there.

Sounds like your vet is running the TLi, Folate and B12 tests all at once which is good.

We had those 3 tests run in August and the vet said Jake didn't have EPI. The folks over at epi4dogs pointed out though that Jake's Folate levels were on the high side and to talk to our vet about SIBO and getting him put on the antibiotic Tylan. Turns out that was Jake's issue. He spent 2 months on Tylan and the improvement after just a couple days was amazing.

Good luck figuring out what is wrong with Rebel. After months and months of vet visits, tests and trying different foods, I was pretty desperate by the time we were running the EPI blood tests. Part of me almost wished he had it just so we had an answer as to what was wrong. At the end of the day, running the tests gave us an answer and fortunately he doesn't have EPI. Without being proactive and seeking out advice at epi4dogs, I'm not certain when we would have figured out what was wrong. I used to feel bad about going to the vet and asking about certain issues and asking for tests they didn't really think were necessary, but sometimes you need to be proactive and fight for an answer.
01-03-2013 11:53 PM
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01-03-2013 08:54 PM
3dognite
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Originally Posted by gagsd View Post
I started my epi dog on enzymes before doing the panel. Weighing only 34 pounds, we didnt have a lot of "play around" time. She received a B12 shot as soon as blood was pulled for the folate test.
EnzymeDiane.com
If you end up not needing the extra enzymes, please consider donating them back to Diane. She and the EPI yahoo group help an awful lot of dogs.
Thank you, I'll keep that in mind for sure!
01-03-2013 08:53 PM
3dognite Yep, he's going to do all three of those tests. He's a great vet!
01-03-2013 08:44 PM
gagsd I started my epi dog on enzymes before doing the panel. Weighing only 34 pounds, we didnt have a lot of "play around" time. She received a B12 shot as soon as blood was pulled for the folate test.
EnzymeDiane.com
If you end up not needing the extra enzymes, please consider donating them back to Diane. She and the EPI yahoo group help an awful lot of dogs.
01-03-2013 08:41 PM
llombardo This is what one of the members suggested to me:
There are 3 tests that can be done at the same time and it is more cost effective to do the together than separately...and will give you some answers (either pinpoint a problem or rule them out). Needs to be done with a 12 hour food fast (water is ok): cTLI is for the EPI, cobalamin is for B12 levels (low B12 can cause a # of different things) and folate.
01-03-2013 08:38 PM
llombardo
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Originally Posted by 3dognite View Post
Thanks for the reassurance. As the vet and I talked this afternoon he said he was pretty sure that testing for EPI and SIBO both was the next option.
Go to that site and they will tell you exactly what tests you need.
01-03-2013 08:37 PM
3dognite Thanks!!!
Still trying to maneuver through the pages and find stuff!
01-03-2013 08:34 PM
Heidigsd
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Thanks, I've been there looking. Just wondered if there was something I could do between now and the bloodwork appointment.
I can't find it right now but they have a list of enzymes you could by and add to his food right now. They are not as strong as the Viokase but better than nothing until your appointment. I'll see if I can find it.

Found it: Scroll down to "Back Up Plan" and see if you can get any of these locally. http://www.epi4dogs.com/enzyme.htm
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