Joined Sep 12 2017
30 years old
Virginia Beach, Virginia
My husband and I are the parents of 19m old Maverick, a sable GSD. About 3-4 months ago the comments about Mavericks weight began to increase. People would say, "wow he's thin" or "do you feed your dog?" At first we brushed it off and thought that we knew the breed and that his activity level had increased. At the time Maverick was eating Blue Buffalo Sweet Potato and Turkey, 2 cups twice a day. We toyed with incresing his food( as high as 4 cups twice a day) which gave us no results. We then switched to Merick Limited Ingredient Grain Free three cups a day. Poops improved, but he appeared thiner than before. So we increased the amount of Merick, thing maybe the kalorie content was too low. Fail. Fail. Fail.
Finally we turned to the vet. She did a fecal test the first visit and suggested changing his food. Fecal test was normal. "Come back in a month and if he hasn't gained any weight we'll look into somemore testinging. He was 65 pounds at that visit. One month later we return, step on the scale and it reads 58.6lbs. We panicked. The vet drew, "Basic Labs" even when i requested the B-12 and blood test for EPI be done. Basic lab results came in the next day, unremarkable. Four days later we are able to get in for anohter visit to discuss testing for EPI. More blood work is drawn and sent but no supplement or replacement is offered. My husband and I purchased over the counter enzyme supplement because we are 99% sure the diagnosis will be EPI and are stressing about Maverick not getting the appropriate treatment. That was Friday of last week. Today we recieved the call from the vet confirming what we thought. B-12 under 100 and EPI test score "Less than 1". So here we are, ready to learn and help our heap of bones and fur put on some weight and nutrients!