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We got our first GSD mid August. Hunter is a long hair and so sweet. We fell in love the moment we met him. He has long hair so his thinness did not jump out at me until we got home. He was 9 weeks and weighed 11 lbs. Since bringing him home it has been nothing but issues. Coccidia, uti, refusal to eat, constant diarrhea or soft serve, then worms, coccidia back, and worms. He is just now 23 lbs. We struggle with him to eat every day. We have tried wet food, soaking the food, coaxing the food. We have recently been adding 2 cooked chicken tenderloins on top of dry food. He eats all the chicken and about a cup of dry food 2x per day. He breaks my heart every day because he is still so sweet but just so thin it scares me.

2 weeks ago I had him tested for EPI, b12 and folate levels. His EPI came back normal but b12 just said <150. (Normal 350-733) They put him on metranidozile (sp) for what appeared to be SIBO. No positive response in those two weeks this far. In fact that was when he got the worms, coccidia, and uti again.

Yesterday they mentioned sending him to an internist which I am all for because I literally am scared I will lose him every day. Also they put him on antibiotics for uti and probiotic paste and powder.

This morning I asked for his blood work from EPI test and saw the low b12. I immediately called today and requested we begin injections immediately. Praying this is the issue or at least will bide him time to get to specialist.

I am literally scared all the time and want to make sure we do everything we can to try and help him.

Is there anything else I am missing to help my sweet Hunter
 

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Puppies often have heavy worm loads. I hope that's reassuring. I don't know what to tell you on the rest of it except to wish you luck. I know brewer's yeast will help with B12. I've also had picky eaters.



Again - hope you resolve this. He's certainly charming in his photo - I can understand him roping you in from the get go.
 

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This is sad. He looks sickly. Has he been evaluated for auto immune issues? Specialists and second and third opinions are hopefully giving you more clarity. Have you talked to the breeder? What's in your contract?
 

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Have not discussed auto immune yet. I really think our normal vet is at a loss.
But I am hoping to get in to the specialist quickly. He did have a CBC run yesterday so hopefully that confirms or rules out other things. So far his gums look good but I really am lost.
 

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Have you tried a balanced commercial raw food? Raw green tripe has helped our dogs many times when their guts were a problem. Another one to look at is Koccifree. Herbal supplement that can be helpful. Has cured my dog from Giardia but has been developed for coccidia
 
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