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Marilyn Marinelli
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My dog is allergic to coconut oil.


August 8, 2017 at 1:21 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
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Has anyone else had this problem.  I started her on 1/4 tsp of coconut oil in her food. Also, had put some on her paws and tummy.   After a week or so she started to itch real bad.  SOOO I washed of some from her paws and from her tummy. I stopped the coconut oil in her food.   I looked up food allergies on the net and found out it takes a couple of  months for the food that your dog is allergic to to get out of their system.  So it has now been a little over 3 weeks.

On top of it all she has some fleas and I put Advantage II on her it seems to be helping there.  BUT, THE COCONUT OIL DID A NUMBER ON HER AND SHE HAS LOST SOME HAIR ON HER HIND LEGS AND BEHIND HER EARS.  eVEN HER FACE BECAME ITCHY.  I FEEL SOOOOO BAD FOR HER.  If anyone has some info to share thanks ahead of time.  

August 8, 2017 at 1:26 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Doc's Mom
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Hey Marilyn. I believe Brynn has a coconut allergy - she has a post on her about voting for her picture so you could private message her mom. She's the one that did a fundraiser for us with a soap that was developed for her that did not contain coconut oil.
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MADELON and DOC aka "BUBBY WUBBY"

Nashville, Tennessee

DOB: 4/3/2014 - Diagnosed EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
EPI Test Results: 1st test 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; 
2nd test 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; 3rd test 10/2015   TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4

Weight: 95 (highest 1/2015) - 76 (lowest 5/2015) - goal met 100lb (7/23/15) - 101.8LBS 12/3/15 - CHUNKY MONKEY

History prior to DX:  May/June 2014 (2mos old) - DX coccidia and bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos old) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Diagnosed SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May  2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop.

History since DX: has maintained weight between 95-101lbs since July 2015; extreme yeast and rod infection in ears; yeast infection paws (ongoing); bacterial eye infection; bacterial skin infection on legs; poops LIVE fly larvae; diagnosed with mild, focal superficial pyoderma (bacterial infection) - rare lesions on inner thighs; bacterial and yeast overgrowth lip folds; yeast overgrowth feet and left ear; metacarpal/metatarsal draining tracts/fistulae (infection and/or immune mediated disease; probable underlying allergy (food vs. environmental ); staphylococcus pseudintermedius infection in sores on paws; recurring metatarsal fistula - all issues resolved after NutriScan Food Sensitivity Test and switching foods.

NUTRISCAN Food Sensitivity Test (12/2015): reactive to chicken, turkey, white fish, wheat, white potato (mild), venison, soy (mild), pork (mild), duck (mild), corn - switching food based on test resolved all skin issues.

Serum Allergy Test (5/2016): Too many to mention

CURRENTLY :  6 cups Forza10 Legend Skin - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 2 scoops TotalBiotics 1x day; 600mg vitamin E; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Milk Thistle during heartworm/flea/tick meds

I am not a vet.  All of my suggestions are based on my personal experiences, information gleaned from EPI research and information from other EPI owners.  Please always share anything and everything recommended on this forum with your vet

SO THANKfUL FOR OUR EPI4DOGS GUARDIAN ANGELS!!!!!!!!

YOUR PAWS LEFT PRINTS ON MY HEART (in loving memory of Bugsy aka Boo Boo - Boston Terrier 14yrs - not EPI but medically challenging and totally worth it)


August 8, 2017 at 6:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Riley's Mom
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No way you could have known Marilyn. You figured it out pretty quickly, so hopefully things will be back on track pretty quickly. 

--

Elisabeth

Riley's Mom from Chesapeake, VA

Riley, 8 yr old Labradoodle diagnosed September 2014 cTLI 1.6

Weight before diagnosis 40 lbs, lowest weight 33 lbs, ready for the Chunky Monkey club as she weighed in at a whopping 42 pounds on 12/19/14!

Update: as of 2/25/15 Riley weighs in at 44.2 pounds!

Update: as of 6/15/15 Riley weighs in at 45 pounds!

Feeding grain free kibble TOTW, 1 tsp of Diane's 6x enzymes per cup of food. (I mix the enzymes in something moist). She is a picky eater--lately feeding her on a flat plate is the way to entice her to eat. 1 cup in the am, 2 cups in the pm, 1 tsp of coconut oil per meal, 1 packet of FortiFlora probiotic in the pm meal.

Began weekly B12 shots 10/23/14. Holding on shots for now.

Began 1 Wonderlabs B12 in the morning, 1 in the evening. Capsule opened up and sprinkled on her food.


*I am not a vet, anything I share or suggest on this site is solely from my experience as an EPI dog owner. It is recommended that anything shared or suggested on this forum be discussed with your pet's vet.*

August 8, 2017 at 7:53 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
Member
Posts: 800

Ruby is doing better as the days go along.  She not only has EPI and is doing well. But, she has been dealing with getting rid of fleas, coconut oil allergy, and used Dawn detergent on her (Scream) it was not a good idea at all.  So pray that she heals quickly from all this.  Be very careful if you decide to use Dawn liquid on your dog ....

Her pills Creon is coming to me from the UK via Canada. That has been a very big deal. BUT IT ALL FINALLY WORKED OUT thanks to a wonderul pharmacist at Candadrugs.com    

WHEW ... JUST NEEDED TO POST.   Thanks to all who have responsed. 

August 11, 2017 at 9:46 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Doc's Mom
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Glad to hear Ruby is on the mend. She's lucky to have such an awesome mom!!
--

MADELON and DOC aka "BUBBY WUBBY"

Nashville, Tennessee

DOB: 4/3/2014 - Diagnosed EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
EPI Test Results: 1st test 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; 
2nd test 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; 3rd test 10/2015   TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4

Weight: 95 (highest 1/2015) - 76 (lowest 5/2015) - goal met 100lb (7/23/15) - 101.8LBS 12/3/15 - CHUNKY MONKEY

History prior to DX:  May/June 2014 (2mos old) - DX coccidia and bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos old) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Diagnosed SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May  2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop.

History since DX: has maintained weight between 95-101lbs since July 2015; extreme yeast and rod infection in ears; yeast infection paws (ongoing); bacterial eye infection; bacterial skin infection on legs; poops LIVE fly larvae; diagnosed with mild, focal superficial pyoderma (bacterial infection) - rare lesions on inner thighs; bacterial and yeast overgrowth lip folds; yeast overgrowth feet and left ear; metacarpal/metatarsal draining tracts/fistulae (infection and/or immune mediated disease; probable underlying allergy (food vs. environmental ); staphylococcus pseudintermedius infection in sores on paws; recurring metatarsal fistula - all issues resolved after NutriScan Food Sensitivity Test and switching foods.

NUTRISCAN Food Sensitivity Test (12/2015): reactive to chicken, turkey, white fish, wheat, white potato (mild), venison, soy (mild), pork (mild), duck (mild), corn - switching food based on test resolved all skin issues.

Serum Allergy Test (5/2016): Too many to mention

CURRENTLY :  6 cups Forza10 Legend Skin - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 2 scoops TotalBiotics 1x day; 600mg vitamin E; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Milk Thistle during heartworm/flea/tick meds

I am not a vet.  All of my suggestions are based on my personal experiences, information gleaned from EPI research and information from other EPI owners.  Please always share anything and everything recommended on this forum with your vet

SO THANKfUL FOR OUR EPI4DOGS GUARDIAN ANGELS!!!!!!!!

YOUR PAWS LEFT PRINTS ON MY HEART (in loving memory of Bugsy aka Boo Boo - Boston Terrier 14yrs - not EPI but medically challenging and totally worth it)


August 12, 2017 at 12:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
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Posts: 800

Thanks Docs Mom.  I really wish I could find something that would help Ruby's skin soften and not be so dry.  I had tried coconut oil but as you might have read before on this discussion It MADE EVERYTHING WORSE ... So I just pray that her skin will normally come back to normal.  Maybe I should just put lukewarm water along her back to bring moisture to it for a natural healing.  Oh boy, what challengs.  ANY IDEAS WILL BE CONSIDERED.  Thanks everyone.

 

August 15, 2017 at 12:02 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Epi4Dogs
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Posts: 16992

Hi Marilyn,,, so sorry to hear about the Coconut Oil... GEESH.... poor Ruby-Doo and poor you... you two have certainly been having a rough time lately.


The only things i know that might help and not hurt/burn/sting/react are:


Give Ruby a bath where you can immerse her in warm water with baking soda... this will greatly soften the water and soften her skin too and it actually kills some bacteria .


The only other thing i can think of is if she has actual sores.... you might want to try vitamin E oil... sometimes that helps or a calendula salve (although not sure if she could also be alleric to this flower or not....)


Hope you can find some relief for her.


I too had to stop the coconut oil for my Izzy because it dramatically raised her blood sugar with her diabetes... so now i ust give her fish oil EFAs every single day and her skin has not dried out.


 


--

Olesia, owned by Izzy, a 35lb SWD, Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Stable 9+ yrs! Once stable, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes (use EnzymeDiane's 6x) with each meal, but after almost 4 years of stabilization... had to increase the amount of enzymes to 3/4 teaspoon with each meal. Fed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane., gave 1 tsp of coconut oil one day and 1 tsp salmon oil next day, and also give canned sardines packed without salt or canned herring for extra omega oils.... until she developed Diabetes and now cannot tolerate higher fat foods.

In Feb 2013, Izzy developed a very serious condition called IMHA which she (thankfully) beat and is now in remission. We also discovered that now, at 8+ years old, she not only has EPI, but also Diabetes, Low Thyroid and High Cholesterol.  Izzy was able to receive excellent care because of the kindness of so many here on epi4dogs and  is currently  doing extra-ordinarily well. If anyone could spend a day with Izzy, they would never guess that she has any health problems!  Because of Izzy's concurrent conditions of Diabetes and High Cholesterol we had to make changes to our daily EPI routine. We had to alter the fiber, type of fiber and the fat content her diet. She is now on an all home-made diet which she does best on and has even been able to reduce the insuline (Vetsulin:pork-based insulin) . Because of the diet change to all home-made i no longer worry about hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia- -she is much more even-keeled with a diet of sweet potato, a lean meat/fish, sometimes a free range egg, cottage cheese,  fish oil+vitamins and bone meal. We tried Novolin N a human synthetic RNA insulin.... but Izzy did not do well on it. aside from all of Izzy's health issues.... she continues to wake up every day full of joy and a great sense of humor!

I am not a vet.  All of my suggestions/recommendations are based on personal expereinces, observations, information gleaned from EPI research, and information shared with me by EPI researchers....that hopefully may help others. Please always share anything and everything recommended on this forum with your vet.

August 15, 2017 at 2:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
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Posts: 800

Thanks.  I just put some Advantage on her but only near her shoulder blades.  I didn't want to mess with her skin that is soooo dry.  So trying to take care of the fleas...what a mess.  Anyway, I thought I should wait a little before using any water on her ...I don't want to mess up the effect of the Advantage.  But, will wait awhile and then try the warm water.   I will keep you posted on her progress.  THANKS.   

August 15, 2017 at 11:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Epi4Dogs
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Posts: 16992

Wise to wait- -as i think with most tick and flea topicals you are supposed to wait a day or two before giving a bath.

The Baking Soda will make the water feel soft and silky... and it will also soothe (and act as an anti-bacterial too) for the skin.  Please do keep us posted.



--

Olesia, owned by Izzy, a 35lb SWD, Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Stable 9+ yrs! Once stable, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes (use EnzymeDiane's 6x) with each meal, but after almost 4 years of stabilization... had to increase the amount of enzymes to 3/4 teaspoon with each meal. Fed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane., gave 1 tsp of coconut oil one day and 1 tsp salmon oil next day, and also give canned sardines packed without salt or canned herring for extra omega oils.... until she developed Diabetes and now cannot tolerate higher fat foods.

In Feb 2013, Izzy developed a very serious condition called IMHA which she (thankfully) beat and is now in remission. We also discovered that now, at 8+ years old, she not only has EPI, but also Diabetes, Low Thyroid and High Cholesterol.  Izzy was able to receive excellent care because of the kindness of so many here on epi4dogs and  is currently  doing extra-ordinarily well. If anyone could spend a day with Izzy, they would never guess that she has any health problems!  Because of Izzy's concurrent conditions of Diabetes and High Cholesterol we had to make changes to our daily EPI routine. We had to alter the fiber, type of fiber and the fat content her diet. She is now on an all home-made diet which she does best on and has even been able to reduce the insuline (Vetsulin:pork-based insulin) . Because of the diet change to all home-made i no longer worry about hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia- -she is much more even-keeled with a diet of sweet potato, a lean meat/fish, sometimes a free range egg, cottage cheese,  fish oil+vitamins and bone meal. We tried Novolin N a human synthetic RNA insulin.... but Izzy did not do well on it. aside from all of Izzy's health issues.... she continues to wake up every day full of joy and a great sense of humor!

I am not a vet.  All of my suggestions/recommendations are based on personal expereinces, observations, information gleaned from EPI research, and information shared with me by EPI researchers....that hopefully may help others. Please always share anything and everything recommended on this forum with your vet.

August 16, 2017 at 8:51 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
Member
Posts: 800

Update on Ruby's condition.  I read where it takes up to 3 months for a food that has caused an allergic response would take up to 3 months to get out of your system.  So my Ruby has not had any coconut oil ( caused an allergic reaction to her skin)  not had coconut oil for a month and a half now.  Still waiting on that to change for her.  

In the meantime, she is dealing with a flea problem.  Some relief.... not totallly.  I sit on the floor and go after any fleas I may see on her.  Time consuming yes, but it is helping her.  I took off almost 30 of them the other day.  Placed them in hot water and a little liquid detergent to destroy them.

She has been scratching alot through a lot of this. She is allergic to the grass ....always has been on her paws.  So I wash her paws off with warm water once or twice a day.  That seems to help her. 

What a mess.  Then she had been licking and biting herself along a part of her back so she has lost some hair.   I could just cry and cry. BUT, she still has a good appetite and is still  herself.

It takes time for the body to heal itself as well.  But, because of her comprised immune system I guess this is what happens to an EPI dog.

Please keep my dog in prayer if you pray.  If not thanks for caring.  From me and Ruby doo bee. 



   

August 24, 2017 at 2:31 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Judy & Piper
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Posts: 678

Saying prayers for Ruby and for you.   I hope she's feeling better really soon.  Piper has problems with allergies as well and I know how difficult it is to deal with.


 

--
Piper - Diagnosed 21 Jan 14 at approx 16 months of age TLI 0.3
            DOB - late Sept/early Oct 2012 (found as a stray in a remote Northern Labrador community at approx 3 - 4 months of age)
Using Enzyme Diane 6x 
B12 shots every week at home as well as 2 pills per day
 Eating Pulsar Lamb or Pork
67lbs at time of diagnosis, now 118lbs.
Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism Sept 2014, taking Thyro 0.6mg 2 x daily. 
Piper also has Cushings Disease, allergies and a host of other things but she's happy and we spend our time going for Quality of Quantity because, at the end of the day, that's what's most important
I am not a Vet.  Anything I share or suggest on this site is strictly from my experience as the owner of an EPI dog.  It is recommended that suggested on this forum be discussed with your Vet.

August 24, 2017 at 11:51 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Terry Bin
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I hope this all resolves soon for you both.  I know you don't want to complicate things but instead of coconut oil have you tried salmon or other fish oil?  We give salmon oil to the pups (liquid on their food) and it does seem to make a difference (positive) for their coat and skin.

--

Terry

Mom of three EPI Shiloh Shepherds: 

Pharaoh born Nov. 2007 and dx with epi December 2009.   Pharaoh weighed 62.4 lbs. (15 lb. weight loss) when diagnosed in 12/2009.

Weight 10/31/11 was 76.6; 85lbs on 9/22/12; 85.5 lbs. on 11/13/14.

Received six weeks of B12 shots Jan-Feb 2010 but his B12 on 8/10/2010 was only 232. So started weekly shots at home, which we continue to give. 

His older half sister is Taiko born Sept. 2006  and was dx with epi June 2010.  Since she has severe bilateral hip dysplasia she had always been on the thin side.  Taiko's weight was 70.7 lbs. in June 2010 (time of diagnosis; about a 10 lb. weight loss).

Weight on 10/31/11 was 80.4 and on 9/22/12 was 82.4 lbs.  Weight 11/13/14 was 83 lbs.  B12 was 211 in June 2010 so started six weeks of shots and was only 293 on 8/10/10.  She receives B12 shots weekly at home.  B12 in September 2014 was over 1,000.

Both are fed twice a day and we use Merrick BG brand: 1 1/2  cups kibble in the morning with 1/2 can dog food with 4 crushed tablets and in the evening 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups kibble with 1/2 can dog food  with 4 crushed tablets. 

Moku was born 4/15/14 does not have epi.  His grandfather is Taiko's and Pharaoh's father (through his mother).  On 11/05/14 his weight was 78 lbs, on 12/11/14 he was 85.7 and on his first birthday 15 April 2015: 90.2 lbs.

August 24, 2017 at 12:30 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jill
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Hi Marilyn,


This is just a thought.  I had used Advantix II on Kiya before with no problems and no reactions.  I noticed this year that when I applied it to both Kiya and TJ at their neck, mid back and by the tail this year the first application was no problem.  The second application they both were itching like crazy, Kiya rubbing her back on everything in site and TJ chewing on his feet CONSTANTLY.  I didn't equate it with the Advantix.  The next application it happened again so I googled reactions to Advantix and it showed just what the dogs were doing.  So now they both are back to the Nexgard with no problems.


Just a thought that even though you may have been using the Advantage ll with no problem before,, it might be the problem.

--

   Jill-  Washington State

Mickey 6/21/99 - 8/29/2014 

17.5 lb  jack russell, chronic pancreatitis, hyperuricosuria,high blood pressure, hypothyroid, spinal stenosis

diet of  hard boiled eggs, macaroni,  RC Hepatic, mashed potato

2 #2 Dianes enzymes 6x premeal

 2.5 mg Amlodipine, .15mg soloxine am/pm, 100mg ursodiol started for gall bladder thinning

arthritis:  6.25mg tramadol 1x/day, 12.5mg gabapentin every 12 hrs,  Assisi soft loop used on back and elbow, 1- 540meq potassium citrate nightly

Denamarin once a day, 1/16 t tylan (150mg)  2x/day ,  Senilife started 12/14/13, Trixsyn sirup for arthritis, .1mg Adequan weekly by shot. 75mg Tylan 2x./day for SIBO

Optimmune for Dry eyes

 Kiya is Mickeys sister, 3/4 aussie, 1/4 blue heeler born 9/2006.  She thinks she is a 44 lb jack russell who tries to heel Mickey!!

TJ is the newest addition.  He is in the bottom picture with Kiya.  He was born 7/05/2015. 

I am not a vet, just a pet owner sharing what experiences I have had in helping my dogs with other pet owners.  If you have an emergency please call your vet.





August 24, 2017 at 1:49 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
Member
Posts: 800

Thank you for your response.  I will check out Nexgard just incase.   I am not sure it is the Advantage though.

There seems to be a combination that may be going on (I think).  I am believing that she is allergic to the Coconut Oil because of her reaction to it not only in her body as I added it to her food BUT, also put some on her paws and some under her stomach.  Once I washed it off her paws and her stomach she started to leave those areas alone.   As far as being in her body...I read that any allergy to food would take 3 to 4 months to get out of your system.   So we wait on that.  ( can cause irritation and redness on the body) OH BOY.   Yes, I know this all seems so crazy.       

Fleas bites,  could even cause and irritation, redness.     Hopefully, the effect of the coconut oil will work out of her system.  Hopefully, the fleas will get lost finally.      I even take off any fleas I find on her and also place a lukewarm wash cloth on her skin that may be irritated.  That seems to help her skin and help her relax and feel better.   I also am applying Polysporin to any sores that may come up. 

I know I sound crazy but, I am doing what I can and praying for results.  

Fish oil, etc. I am afraid to us right now maybe later don't need to deal with any thing else to wonder about.  Great idea though and will keep it it  mind for another time.

The Nexgard like I said early I will look up and read all about it.     THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOU HELP.

I will keep you posted.  Maybe, what I may learn along the way will help others.

       

August 26, 2017 at 10:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jill
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When the dogs are itchy it really is a pain for all, eh?
--

   Jill-  Washington State

Mickey 6/21/99 - 8/29/2014 

17.5 lb  jack russell, chronic pancreatitis, hyperuricosuria,high blood pressure, hypothyroid, spinal stenosis

diet of  hard boiled eggs, macaroni,  RC Hepatic, mashed potato

2 #2 Dianes enzymes 6x premeal

 2.5 mg Amlodipine, .15mg soloxine am/pm, 100mg ursodiol started for gall bladder thinning

arthritis:  6.25mg tramadol 1x/day, 12.5mg gabapentin every 12 hrs,  Assisi soft loop used on back and elbow, 1- 540meq potassium citrate nightly

Denamarin once a day, 1/16 t tylan (150mg)  2x/day ,  Senilife started 12/14/13, Trixsyn sirup for arthritis, .1mg Adequan weekly by shot. 75mg Tylan 2x./day for SIBO

Optimmune for Dry eyes

 Kiya is Mickeys sister, 3/4 aussie, 1/4 blue heeler born 9/2006.  She thinks she is a 44 lb jack russell who tries to heel Mickey!!

TJ is the newest addition.  He is in the bottom picture with Kiya.  He was born 7/05/2015. 

I am not a vet, just a pet owner sharing what experiences I have had in helping my dogs with other pet owners.  If you have an emergency please call your vet.





August 26, 2017 at 11:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
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Posts: 800

Yes, no matter what I do I just cry and my husband says...."just stay focused" lol   But, I feel so bad for her so after a while I cry anyway lol  

August 26, 2017 at 11:30 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
Member
Posts: 800

I Keep researching to help Ruby. After calling the vet the lady told me what they would do for other dogs without EPI they can't do for Ruby......SCREAM.... SOOOOO I have been doing what I can do and reseached.

GUESS WHAT I FOUND OUT.  This may help someone else too??? check it out yourself.

I think I will try this as well..... Vitamin C  preferrably ESTER -C   Vitamin C from what I am reading helps to support the  immune system ...(bladder infections ALLERGIES, joint problems ligament injury, stress (lol I need that good thing I take Vitamin C lol)  serves as a chondroprotective, anti-inflammatory (boost the immune system) .  Since EPI dogs from what I know anyway have a compromised immune system and Ruby is already stressed with this problem I Think this may help her along.    

I read that I can get Wholistic Ester-C for dogs.   I believe it is a powder form .   I take the Ester-C from the drug store. It is gentle on the digestive system, as well. 

They say start will a low amount because it can cause diarrehea if given too much like with a person.  So, A little.   I used to give my previous dogs 250 mg of vitamin C everyday for more10 years because the breeder told me to.  It never hurt them.     So if you ever tried using vitamin C.  PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW IT HAS WORKED FOR YOUR DOG.  Thanks a bunch.     

August 30, 2017 at 5:49 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
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Posts: 800

The hurricane is over (Florida) not much fun. Lost electricity. But, back on now.... I am FLYING ALONE ON THIS TROUBLED TIME FOR MY RUBY......crying and lost but still not giving up.

 Anyone using Vitamin C to help with your dog's immune system???? 

Update on Ruby's dilemma...... Haven't used vitamin C yet. (Because of the hurriacane we have dealt with recently).

Ruby has lost quite a bit of hair some is coming in now.  Her skin on both sides of her stomach area not only lost hair but was very irritated (red little bumps). Since I couldn't get my vet because of her commitment to the Human socity during the storm. I just looked up info after we got our computer up and running.  I found that cool compresses should help bring the swelling and redness down.  So I have just starting doing that for her skin on her sides.  Seems to be helping somewhat.  The reddness doesn't seem to be as bad. Poor Ruby I love her sooooo much.  She has been trying to rub her face as well just recently so her face doesn't look as good. I am sooooo sad for her.

I think I am dealing with a combination of....her allergic reaction to coconut oil....fleas that she was dealing with and then also a possible reaction to the Advantage flea medication that I last administered to her because her face wasn't bothering her before that.  Oh my what a mess.    She is eating and lively, however, sometimes will go off by herself into another room and just stay there and sleep.  I am trying to give her all the help I can and all the loving hugs. 

Thanks to all that share some help and for all of you who are praying for her recovery.   


September 19, 2017 at 1:51 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Riley's Mom
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Posts: 1964

Oh Marilyn I'm so sorry Ruby is still struggling. 

I don't have any great advice for you, I just wanted to offer my support. 

--

Elisabeth

Riley's Mom from Chesapeake, VA

Riley, 8 yr old Labradoodle diagnosed September 2014 cTLI 1.6

Weight before diagnosis 40 lbs, lowest weight 33 lbs, ready for the Chunky Monkey club as she weighed in at a whopping 42 pounds on 12/19/14!

Update: as of 2/25/15 Riley weighs in at 44.2 pounds!

Update: as of 6/15/15 Riley weighs in at 45 pounds!

Feeding grain free kibble TOTW, 1 tsp of Diane's 6x enzymes per cup of food. (I mix the enzymes in something moist). She is a picky eater--lately feeding her on a flat plate is the way to entice her to eat. 1 cup in the am, 2 cups in the pm, 1 tsp of coconut oil per meal, 1 packet of FortiFlora probiotic in the pm meal.

Began weekly B12 shots 10/23/14. Holding on shots for now.

Began 1 Wonderlabs B12 in the morning, 1 in the evening. Capsule opened up and sprinkled on her food.


*I am not a vet, anything I share or suggest on this site is solely from my experience as an EPI dog owner. It is recommended that anything shared or suggested on this forum be discussed with your pet's vet.*

September 19, 2017 at 7:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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