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DaxieSuperBud
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I thought I'd share the latest update on Dax, and unfortunately it isn't good.  We had to take him to the Emergency Vet last night because his breathing had changed:  It was rapid, about 60 breaths per minute, and slightly heavier.  He seemed to feel 'ok' for the most part---he wasn't vomiting or coughing or gasping.  He was alert and even tried to steal some hash browns he wasn't supposed to have.  But, the breathing wasn't normal and worsened as the day passed, so we contacted our vet's office, who said he'd have to go to our local AEV.  He was examined last night and found to have fluid around his heart and a heart murmur.  They aren't sure what is causing it, possibly pneumonia, but he was admitted to the hospital and is still there.  The doctor called this morning and said he didn't respond to treatment overnight.  And, unfortunately, due to the high prednisone he's been taking, levels that would normally indicate pneumonia (over cardiogenic edema) are extremely high, so they don't know if the prednisone is causing it or if he does have pneumonia.  On top of that, they struggled giving him his arsenal of meds---they couldn't get the Tylan in him and he wouldn't eat anything.  In addition, he's developed blisters on his tummy, which he'd had before and our doctor said was sign of a bacterial infection, so they are bouncing him between amoxicillin, Tylan, metronidazole, Baytril (UTI), and the vet said they will have to try a different antibiotic now in reaction to potential pneumonia.  We haven't received the cholambucil or Creon yet and was hoping he'd stay stable until we received those meds, to see if we couldn't turn things around.  But, with the new issues, the AEV vets are going to give us an update and summary at 4:00 today and part of the conversation is, "Is it now time...?".   They have said he has to have oxygen support for this breathing issues.  I hate to make decisions based on money, but this weekend's visit is $2000 and we've already spent 3 times that since December.  I can't afford to leave him at the hopsital to be in an oxygen tent, because it is over $1000 per day.  But I don't know if bringing him home is the right thing.  A specialist told us years ago (about another pet who had a breathing problem) that it is like humans with COPD and that they don't HAVE to be in oxygen tents.  But who knows?  To complicate the matter, our primary vet is out of the office.  We've asked her staff to contact us so we could get her opinion, but we've yet to hear anything.

As you can imagine, we are devestated.  On the one hand, he's been a little trooper and we hate to give up on him before we can try the chlorambucil and Creon.  On the other hand, he's a little bag of bones and hasn't felt well for 2 months now, some maybe it is time  to say goodbye...Thanks for letting me share...Any thoughts are appreciated...So heartbroken...

February 10, 2018 at 1:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Terry Bin
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Oh I know your heart must be breaking.  It is always a hard decision to make...but sometimes it is the right time.  There can be one more thing to try but that doesn't necessarily mean we should.  It's not just a financial decision (though it does weigh in as part of it) but also quality of life.  We had a cat that had multiple medical problems and was such a great cat and good patient everyone, including the vet, was always trying one more thing.  The vet was no longer "objective" and it was hard for her to not want to try "one more thing".  When I was ready to let him pass over the Rainbow Bridge my husband wasn't so it went on for quite a bit longer until he was finally agreed (I'm not sure he was ready but he agreed it was time)...and the first thing he said when we left after he passed, "we should have done this sooner"...and we should have...no question in my mind.  His quality of life had deteriorated so much.  And yes, the financial aspect was a part of my feelings about it, but only a part....having him run from me when I had to put him in the cat carrier to take him to the vet (had never done that before) and all the treatments he went through...those were the biggest factors.  I heard around that time that it is better to be  a week early than a day late in making the decision.  

I'm not saying you should let him pass over the rainbow bridge but asking you to really look at his quality of life...and what are the odds that he can return to the life he had (or close to it).  I don't think I've read how old he is...and I know it is much harder to have to make this decision for a young animal but we also have the accept they age much faster than us and we do have to let them go long before we are ready...but in their animal years they are old.  And even if young sometimes they are just so sick.

It sounds like EPI is really the least of the issues right now and if it was me, I would really look at the other issues and what are the odds of things really turning around.  And to be honest, few of us could afford $1000/day.  Unless there is insurance to pick up the majority of the cost I don't know see how anyone could unless there income was in the high 6 figures.  I know we all hate finances being a factor we even think about but it is the reality.  

I think all of us feel guilty when we make the decision that it is time...but it is the loving thing to do to make the right decision for the pup (or cat)...our hearts break but they are the one suffering and can't tell us.  And just like humans they often will fight to live...but not for themselves but for their family....and they need to know we will be sad but okay.

The one question I would have is about the oxygen tent.  If that was needed for a day and then would be fine that is one thing...but if it is needed long term....what kind of life is that for a pup?

--

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.

February 10, 2018 at 2:42 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Doc's Mom
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My heart breaks for you right now.  It is the hardest decision we have to make and yet the most loving, unselfish one.  My miniature pincher had a congenitive heart disease and was sprayed in the face by a skunk - he was about 12yrs old - his breathing became very labored - we rushed him to the vet and they said he would have to be in the oxygen tank like your Dax - we were trying to decide what to do because we couldn't afford it - before we could decide, Spike took a turn for the worse and the vet said there was no humane option at the time other than to let him cross.  I pray for you and your sweet Dax and that you both find peace and hold tight to the love during this difficult time.

--

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)


February 10, 2018 at 8:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jill
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I am so sorry to read this. Did you get the update today at 4? Our Mickey got pancreatitis which turned chronic and made him uncomfortable for 3 years. Then he got very unhappy and we helped him cross the bridge. We did all we could then could do no more. My thoughts are with you.
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   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.





February 10, 2018 at 9:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Patsy
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Posts: 993

What a difficult time for you.  I have had two instances of fluid . A  cat swelled up like a football, having it drained twice,  but his heart was diseased. Marti , Epi dog with Epi, was full of fluid, which I was told would affect her breathing and heart. However she was lucky because she pulled through. 

I'm sure you are in good hands, and are  seeing everything with Daxies chances of quality of life given sensitive discussions.  We are all with you.

--

Marti  Springer Spaniel, owned by Patsy, Sheffield, England.  She died age 12yrs 6mths  on 27/11/14 from heart failure. Diagnosed after three months, when she was 4 years old,she dropped from 24 kilos to 17 kg.  initially she also had protein losing enteropathy, treated with steroids, ,raw sores on back, obsessive thirst, bursting bowels and biadder, then stable after 2 years.   Developed another autoimmune problem with muscular myositis on head ( muscles wasted away, leaving gaunt hollows.)  She also suffered sometimes from  bottom end thrush, anal  gland infections, and recurrent SIBO treated with 4 weeks of oxytetracycline each time. 

Enzymes: Panzym caused mouth problems, resulting in tooth removal , as I didn't know at the time how caustic it was. I changed to one Lypex  then used VetUk Pancreatic Nutrient tablets, and one Chemeyes because it is half the strength, and I didn't need to use two vet uk ones. Then 3 Chemeyes or  2 pancreatic Nutrient  per meal. 

B12 injection monthly.  Trinfac B12 + intrinsic factor capsules from Chemeyes daily. Metacam for knee joints.  Also used Yumpro Bio pre/probiotics.

Food: picky eater,tinned  Chappie saved her life  till she would eat kibble again.  Eden Holistic, Millies Wolfheart and Lily's Kitchen all good,chicken and grain free.

Vets, one caring learner, who had  nervous breakdown, replaced by obnoxious vet , so I rang round  interviewing them to find someone I trusted and would work with us. Since losing Marti and Bob, I have changed again since the good vet us retired.

RIP Bobby the cocker , from PLN.  Present pet, Tinker the fluffy little grey Greek rescue dog. New addition, Jack ,  a neglected rescue terrier, looks like a fox cub and so happy to to be healthy and loved.

 


February 11, 2018 at 3:31 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Barb
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Posts: 3955

I know your heart is breaking.  You and your family and Dax have been through so much.   If you can just be with him, knowing that you have given him all your love and  the best care in the world, and focus on your love for him and his love for you, you will be able to make the right decision and be at peace with whatever you decide.  You are a gift to him, as he is to you. 


Thinking of you.  Sending you light and love.


Barb 

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February 11, 2018 at 3:48 PM Flag Quote & Reply

DaxieSuperBud
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Posts: 10

Hi everyone,
Sadly, Daxie crossed the Bridge tonight.  I want to thank everyone here who have read my posts and those who have helped me along the way.  I only wish my first vet had not wasted a month on Dax's care and that I'd found you sooner. Perhaps this would have a different ending.  But it didn't happen that way and I know I can't dwell upon that part of the story.  Dax was hospitalized until late Saturday evening, but was not responding to treatment so we brought him home to be with the family for his remaining time, whatever it might be.  His condition started to worsen late today until finally this evening, and we decided he had fought long enough.  He passed peacefully at 9:15, in our arms and hearing words of love as he drifted.  The unbelievably ironic thing is that when we brought him home from the hospital yesterday, he actually had the first normal potty since he'd gotten ill---the new food and the enzymes were starting to work.  But, developing noncardiogenic pulmonary edema was the final straw.  The blisters had appeared on his tummy again, along with another UTI.  His BG, which had been stable, shot to 700.  It was all just too much for his EPI ravaged body...We will miss him always!  While I've never met any of you personally, your warmth and your kindness mean the world to me.  Your suggestions helped greatly.  I actually wept when I saw the first reply to my post because it felt so wonderful to talk to people who understood.  I just wish I had that one month back...Anyway, thank you all for your heartfelt responses.  I'm so sorry for your grief as well.  I have 3 other dogs and 4 cats and know sorrows are still in the future.  But for now, I grieve my one little boy.  Thank you so much for everything.  Kelly, proud mom of Daxie Super Bud.

February 12, 2018 at 1:36 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Barb
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Posts: 3955

Dear Kelly,


I am so sorry for your loss, but I know deep down you will never lose Daxie.  He is always a part of you. The poet,  e.e. cummings was able to express this profound bond in one of his poems: "i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)"  I think he used the parentheses in this verse to try to visually show how we wrap the one we love within and around our hearts and it changes us forever.  


How beautiful a transition you gave him.  It is a profound gift to him, to you, and your family.  


Sending many hugs.   You already have light and love.


Barb


   

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February 12, 2018 at 2:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Michele
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Posts: 7234

Dear Kelly,


I am so sorry to hear about your Daxie...I can feel your love as I read through the posts.  You have a heart of gold and your boy took that with him...and he gave you his heart...you are forever one.  They just have a way of getting into places like no other.  I so often hear when a pup passes that people say it feels like my heart is ripped out.  I believe they open us to love even more and the pain is the adjustment period of opening to that even greater love.  


I truly am so very sorry for the pain you feel but I am happy you had (and will always have) such a special soul in your life. 


God Bless and my love to you, your family and all the blessed critters in your care.

--

Michele


Jackie (10/15/08 - 11/8/15) - Diagnosed at 9 mos (09/09) - TLI 0.3 and low end of B12.  Pancreatin 8x dosing 3/4tsp per cup.   TOTW High Prarie, Trinfac-B Intrinsic Factor daily, probiotics and Duralactin in the am. Mega-E:  cisapride and metoclopramide.    Stable and happy 122lbs - thanks to all the beautiful souls on this forum, we could not have done it without YOU.

Dexter - Diagnosed 11/10 approx 3 yrs of age.   We failed fostering and now he has his forever home :)   At initial testing - TLI 1.2 (range 5-35) B12 254 (range 249-733) folate 20.2 (range 6.5-11.5)   Victor Hero Grain Free, Pancreatin 8x dosing is 3/4 tsp per cup, Trinfac-B Intrinsic Factor 3 x's weekly, probiotics with each meal and glucosamine chondroitin in the am.  Hypothyroidism:   Soloxine.    Stable and happy 97 lbs.


*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.*

February 12, 2018 at 6:20 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jill
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Posts: 3729
Kelly, I am sorry to read of Daxie's passing. Godspeed Daxie!
--

   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.





February 12, 2018 at 6:20 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Dar
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Posts: 3232
Kelly..So sorry.....we do al that we can and sometimes it is not enough. Sending love and hugs to you and your family. You will be reunited again.
February 12, 2018 at 7:43 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Doc's Mom
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Posts: 3150

Kelly I am so sorry for your loss but glad that your sweet Dax was at home with you when he crossed the rainbow bridge.  They are never with us long enough but the time they are is priceless.  Hold tight to the sweet memories and may they help ease your pain.  Run free sweet Dax.

--

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)


February 12, 2018 at 8:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jean and Kara
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Posts: 7462
I am sorry I am late to this there are no words so hands across the ocean..........love Jeanxxxxxx
--



 

 

Kara

 

From Liverpool England


born 21st July 2009


Adopted at five months old 26th December 2009

 

EPI dx August 2010


tli<1.00 folate 8.3 cobalimin 611

Antibiotics  2 Oxytet antibiotics 3 times a day also if we cannot fit the Oxytet in she has Tylan 1/8th teaspoon before her meals as a maintenanance dose

Food- Ashenbank Lamb Casserole  twice daily equalling 3 cups per day possibly more

Zantac (ranitadine) 75 mg 30 minutes before each meal as too much acid was being produced, causing shedding of bowel lining

Enzymes-Panzym 3 gram per meal twice daily ( 3/4 teaspoon ) 

B12 injection once every three weeks

One Chemeyes B12 with intrinsic factor of 40 daily

One Antepsin before bedtime

Allergies to beef, pork, chicken. and white fish confirmed by blood test

33.6 kilos in weight as of 5th May 2013

37 kilos as of 10th June 2014

40.65 kilos, 89.6 pounds as of 3rd March 2015

Vet says she is now processing her food correctly

Very proud of all of us

 

"UNCONDITIONAL LOVE WAS INVENTED BY DOGS"


I am not a vet, nor have veterinary experience, but have lived and breathed EPI for 51/2 years, and hope I can bring some support to others, as others have to me.

 

February 13, 2018 at 4:11 AM Flag Quote & Reply

maddie ann
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Posts: 3678

Dear Kelly there are no words that i can say that will heal your pain you said it all you were a proud mum  and he was blessed to have you as his guardian.

--

 ANN (UK).

Maddie DOB 01-10-2007 she is now  10  DX 04/11 .B12 140 now 644 TLI <1.00 Folate 14.2.

After 15 months on the B12 tablets with the intrisic factor she was retested and her b12 was 902 which gave me the confidence to continue without injections.

Weight was 22.3kg now 33.2kg (04-05-12) she is a small GSDbut she gained .(24lbs)

Feed a mixture of foods she does better on fibre 3% and below she has  b12 tablets daily (imported from the USAhttp://www.wonderlabs.com/itemleft.php?itemnum=6881) now changing to the uk version from http://www.chemeyes.co.uk/

She has panzym altough over the years we have had to increase the dose she currently has 1/2 tsp per feed.


February 13, 2018 at 5:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Judy & Piper
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Posts: 690

Kelly,  I am so very sorry for the pain you are going through.  Daxie was very lucky to be loved by you.  

--
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.

February 13, 2018 at 7:22 AM Flag Quote & Reply

DaxieSuperBud
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Posts: 10

Thank you everyone for your unbelievably kind words.  So many wonderful thoughts---I'm going to copy them and add them to his little journal.  Thank you so much...

February 13, 2018 at 8:53 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jean and Kara
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Posts: 7462
That is so kind of you Kelly.....much love, Jeanx
--



 

 

Kara

 

From Liverpool England


born 21st July 2009


Adopted at five months old 26th December 2009

 

EPI dx August 2010


tli<1.00 folate 8.3 cobalimin 611

Antibiotics  2 Oxytet antibiotics 3 times a day also if we cannot fit the Oxytet in she has Tylan 1/8th teaspoon before her meals as a maintenanance dose

Food- Ashenbank Lamb Casserole  twice daily equalling 3 cups per day possibly more

Zantac (ranitadine) 75 mg 30 minutes before each meal as too much acid was being produced, causing shedding of bowel lining

Enzymes-Panzym 3 gram per meal twice daily ( 3/4 teaspoon ) 

B12 injection once every three weeks

One Chemeyes B12 with intrinsic factor of 40 daily

One Antepsin before bedtime

Allergies to beef, pork, chicken. and white fish confirmed by blood test

33.6 kilos in weight as of 5th May 2013

37 kilos as of 10th June 2014

40.65 kilos, 89.6 pounds as of 3rd March 2015

Vet says she is now processing her food correctly

Very proud of all of us

 

"UNCONDITIONAL LOVE WAS INVENTED BY DOGS"


I am not a vet, nor have veterinary experience, but have lived and breathed EPI for 51/2 years, and hope I can bring some support to others, as others have to me.

 

February 14, 2018 at 4:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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