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We are owned by Saxon, 8 1/2 yr. old long-haired GSD whose TLI was 17.9 (PLI 31, B12 of 181, Folate 18.2) but he has nearly all symptoms of EPI and now SID. In 2014 we bought children's enzymes out of desperation and his poops were suddenly normal. Since then he's been on various other enzymes and has been doing extremely well on a modified raw food/home cooked diet with Bio Case V. In 2015 he had a serious episode of bloat/torsion w/emergency surgery and healed fast. Last fall he developed seborrhea and had yeast and bacterial infections in both ears. The vet put him on Patt-Otic, an antibiotic/steroid topical that cleared the ears but after 14 days of treatment, I am cinvinced that it wiped out his good gut flora. Two weeks after stopping the treatment, he had loose cow patty stools alternating with partially formed or watery brown poops. We've been through this before a few times but nothing I tried worked to get him back to normal. This started end of November and got worse, then there would be a perfect poop (three times) into December. In mid-December, he started turning away from food. His vet RX'd tylosin powder; we tried twice to get it into him but he spit it out. He barely was eating & we couldn't get his enzymes into him - he won't eat the food. The vet ordered tylosin chews which he won't eat and he's lost more weight. He feels like skin & bones beneath his long fur. He regurgitates after drinking loads of water. He vomits up anything we give him like the chews, enzymes. He barely eats. We're trying to get food into him to be able to give him the tylosin and just received Creon to try to get the enzymes back into his system. I'm scared, keep reading the Forum for help, the vet is learning this as we go, and I don't want to lose him. Don't know what to do. Please help.

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Reply Sherry
11:26 AM on February 6, 2018 
Our beautiful Saxon died on my birthday, Jan 22 at 11:15 pm. I held his face, pressed my forehead to his, and whispered my love as I always did. He had lymphoma which struck him like a freight train; he also had a liver in failure. His collapse sent him to the hospital where he was finally diagnosed, treatment was attempted, and after a week, we let him go. He had EPI - never the normal low numbers but all the SX and he responded to enzymes like a dream. He died at 8 years, 9 months as stoically and sweet as always. I write this because EPI4Dogs helped me through many difficult moments. In Dec, his SX looked just like SID. His vet treated him for SID, we took him to Emergency in RI & they treated him for SID, and it was only when he collapsed at home that we brought him to another larger hospital where he ultimately died. What I'm saying is that even if it looks like SID, feels like SID, and the diarrhea, lack of appetite, and other SX are there, please ensure that every possible DX is considered. This all happened within 8 weeks; he was even doing very well at Christmas. But then things happened fast and we watched our beloved dog die. I am still shocked and lost without him. This can happen without warning; his lymph nodes were not enlarged. Please be cautious in seeing everything through the lens of EPI. We couldn't have saved him but we should have known. Our hearts go out to everyone who struggles with EPI and to the valiant dogs who can handle anything and make us better persons for it. Hug your wonderful companions for us and never let them go.