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MADELON and DOC aka "BUBBY WUBBY"
DOB: 4/3/2014 - Diagnosed EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
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)
|If you are from UK email me [email protected]|
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.
Just an update of the forum signing in issues. I have reported the issue(s) 3 times to WEBS since last week. They have submitted a work order ticket to the technical team and they informed me that we are not the only ones dealing with this. It is a widespread issue on Webs platform and they are working on a fix. Paws and fingers crossed that they fix it sooner rather than later.
Thank you both Madelon and Jean for offering to help on a private basis via your email to those that need answers but simply can't log in. This will be very helpful to those in need!
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.