Joined Apr 22 2016
26 years old
Las Vegas, NV
I'm Rebekah and I'm a veterinary assistant in Las Vegas, Nevada. In November of 2015, an extrememly malnourished 9 year old Beagle named Zoey was brought into my clinic. Zoey was going to be put down because of gastrointestinal issues (vomiting and diarrhea) and supposed inappetince. We offered her a "last meal" that she scarffed down as soon as we set it down in front of her. I then decided that I would take her in as my own. Her previous owners elected not to perform bloodwork and xrays to see if she had any underlying issues so, as soon as she was signed over to me and we got all the necessary paperwork out of the way, I ran some bloodwork and took some rads of her abdomen. Rads looked great, bloodwork showed some mild abnomalities that could be attributed to her being malnourished. She weighed 18 pounds. Fast forward to March of 2016, Zoey now weighed 15 pounds despite having the typical Beagle appetite. She was wasting away. One of my doctors suggested doing a maldigestion profile on her to see if that showed any issues. Sure enough, her Cobalamin level was 194 (Norm 249-733), Folate was 23.9 (Norm 6.5-11.5) which is trademark for SIBO and her TLI was <1 (Norm 5-35). All of these led her to be diagnosed with EPI on April 5, 2016. She's on Purina HA and Purina grain free wet food (because I get a professionals discount), Zyrtec and Benadryl for her allergies, Tylan powder, a pre/probiotic, and, of course, 3/4 tsp of pancreatic enzymes from Enzyme Diane. This diagnosis has really thrown us for a loop, but I feel like our bond is closer than ever...
This "About Me" ended up turning into more of a "About Zoey" but, that's okay xD I love my lemon Beagle!