EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

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Jill & Cora


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Reply Jill & Cora
9:06 PM on February 2, 2013 
Need some help again - this is a challenging journey. Cora was doing well on the EPI front and dysplasia. She has great strength and energy - could barely move 6 months ago. We've had a 8.5 pound weight gain at last vet check a week ago. But her appetitie has diminished again - turning her head away from food. Gone from 2700-3000 calories a day to 1500-2000 maybe. She's getting B12 shot once a week, still on Tylan, no chicken, using beef and lamb. Thought maybe it was the enzyme so I tried giving her the enzyme in pills the last few days and her poop has changed (less defined and more frequent) - so no more of that. Just don't know what to do about getting her to want to eat. Back at the vet Monday morning for a B12 shot. As I said great strength but no appetitie.
Reply Jill & Cora
9:55 PM on December 31, 2012 
This is my first post. Cora is 3 ½ years old and was diagnosed with EPI in September 2012. Cora is our son?s dog and now is with us. Our son is in the Air Force and brought Cora to us in August after trying for years to help her thrive. The local vet was treating her for hip dysplasia and even though there were numerous infections, weakness, and appetite/bowel issues, didn?t think to investigate EPI. From May to August, Cora lost 20 pounds. She had a particularly bad infection (bladder/kidney) in the spring. The vet put her on an antibiotic and also put her on Rimadyl for hip dysplasia which causes appetite suppression and pancreatic inflammation. By the time Cora came to us, our son was desperate for help and with deployments, knew if Cora was to live, we had to step in.
The reason I?m posting is that after several months of pretty thorough care, we think, she is not gaining weight. We have a great vet here who took her off Rimadyl and several weeks later made the diagnosis of EPI. Cora is getting stronger, muscles are growing, can run several miles now, poops are improved greatly ? no longer cow patties but formed. Her personality has come back and she is quite playful and even with all the work, she is a blessing to have with us. She is eating 2x her normal calorie allotment (2700 to 3000 calories/day). We feed her chicken, potatoes, organic liver (shredded with a food processor) and all incubated with Diane?s Enzymes 8x (½ to ¾ tsp per cup of food) . She is on a great probiotic, Tylan 2 scoops per day, B-12 injections for 6 weeks and now 2x month, Omega 3, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Extract, Multivitamin. She weighs 66 pounds and should be 85 pounds.
Don't know what else to do and don't know if weight will eventually come on. Thanks for your help.

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