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First of all...let me start that I am soooo happy to have found this forum...


My dog Jackie was recently diagnosed with EPI. She will be one year on October 15, 2009 and is a german shepherd - her levels were 0.3.    I noticed her losing weight and she had diarrhea for a week. I took her to our vet and he gave her a shot for the diarrhea and sufasalazne. He did NO tests - blood or fecal and this concerned me. After 3 days her symptoms were the same I took her to another vet and they gave her flagil (if I am saying it right). At this point she lost approx 15 lbs. (it was about 2 1/2 weeks since first symptoms) We had her on the flagil for almost a week and it did not work either. They ended up doing the test for EPI and it came back positive and her kobalamine (sp) level was also very low. We now have her on pancreazyme 1 1/2 tsp and she has been on it for one week and 2 days and we have seen no change in her stools. She was 102 lbs and is now 86 lbs - her energy level is normal but she gets tired quickly. Mon I am taking her to the vet and I will be starting her on the kobalamine shots. I am weaning her off Eukanuba large breed puppy food to Wellness (just because what I have read says grain free). She eats 8 cups per day and I have been feeding her 3 times - in am she gets 4 cups and 2 at lunch and 2 at dinner. Tomorrow I am changing to feeding her 4 times so I can give her less at the first feeding.   What I am really interested in is what diet is best for a dog with this - anything relating to this would be very helpful.


Jackie is just one of those dogs you get that is amazing.  She has such a gentle spirit - she loves all people and all other pets.   She is submissive when she needs to be, but believe me, doesn't lack for feistiness!  Jackie is becoming a therapy dog and had her first trial visit to a nursing home on 10/3 which was amazing - she did fantastic.  She will graduate therapy school in approx 1 mo and I pray she passes the tests for certification.

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15 Comments

Reply John Hire & Muggie
10:03 PM on June 18, 2013 
Michelle. Not to sure if you know about Lucky. Looks like she may have cancer. When the time comes which I am sure will be very soon would you please post a candle lighting for her. Thanks, Johnny. PS not sure what Lucky dog's mom's name is.
Reply She's Got Moxi
7:55 AM on June 4, 2013 
How are you doing, Michele? Been thinking about you. Hoping the wonderful memories and blessings Misty brought will soon outweigh the grief and loss!
Reply Saydee
6:18 PM on October 12, 2012 
I have our GSD , Saydee on Wellness food as well. We started her on the Fish one , then switched to the Turkey. We tried several other brands, including Eukanuba, she likes and does best on the Wellness. They are expensive. If you call the 800 number on the back of the bag and ask for a coupon they will send you one. Also go on their website and sign up for the free once a month coupon that the email out to you. this will help money wise.
Reply Patty
2:35 PM on January 31, 2012 
Hi Michele,
I posted a comment yesterday and hope I did it correctly. There is so much to tell and learn about EPI. I am excited to get feedback and learn more to help Orion. He is just not gaining weight and it's very frustrating.
Thanks Patty
Reply melissa
8:45 PM on December 8, 2011 
Thanks Michelle. My internet has been down. I'm trying to get it working tonight so I can chat. Looks like there is great info here and so.many people who care about there pets as much as me.
Reply Michele
8:44 AM on November 10, 2011 
Do you want me to start a thread on the forum about Phoebe for you? I totally understand the roller coaster you are on, but there is so much support to be received I know it will help you - it sure did for me!
Reply Christina
11:27 PM on November 9, 2011 
Thank you! Phoebe IS one of the light of our lives! I am new to all of this, trying to learn as much as possible and stay positive. Emotional Rollercoaster.
Reply HWR
7:48 PM on September 11, 2011 
Hi Michelle and thank you for the "HI" You were not kidding when we agree with each other about how all life is precious especially when it comes to our family. I cannot give up on my family, friends and loved ones, that includes the animals in my life.

Safe Passage and thank you again for the note.

Mark
Reply Harley's parents
8:29 AM on July 5, 2011 
Hi Michelle. I think it was you that posted a reciepe for dehydrated treats here not to long ago. If so, could you share it with me again? We'd love to try to make them.
Reply Cheryl S
11:15 AM on February 1, 2011 
Hi Michele, that is so nice of you to offer the metro. Gabi is taking 250 mg twice a day right now. I'd have to give her 10 tabs at a time & she is being verrrry difficult lately to get her to eat & take her meds. Otherwise I would be more than happy to accept them. Would your local shelter be willing to accept them? I'm so sorry about Prescott. It' s never easy when our furbabies leave us, but knowing they are in a good place helps.
Reply Jean and Kara
3:17 PM on January 30, 2011 
Hi Michele

It says it all that your heart is breaking and you are still there for other folk

Take care

Jean
Reply Michele
6:54 PM on January 13, 2010 
Debra, I JUST saw this...not bad - only 3 mos later! I just want to tell you thank you and I will fight for Jackie every day I am blessed to have her. I think of this was family - Jackie is the love of my life and without all of the wonderful people here like you, I do not believe she would be what she is today. She is a wonderful therapy dog and every time I take her somewhere and she makes people smile, I know I was mean to find this forum and she still has so much love to share. Thank you for your beautiful words.
Reply Debra
9:39 AM on October 6, 2009 
Thanks Michelle, big hugs back and look forward to seeing you on the forum.
Take care . Cyberhugs to you and your furry friends.
Reply Debra
8:14 AM on October 6, 2009 
Hi Michelle,
I hope this not gets to you... I have no idea, how i sent one last time.
But thank you so much for your very kind words, they are so much appreciated.
I find many people have given me a wide berth at work, in fear of making me cry....well I dont need any help in that department!!! Its actually very comforting to receive messages such as yours and the many others from the other members...you all feel like family and I couldn't wish to share my Bonnie with more wonderful people.

I wish you great success in managing Jackie and know that we will be there for you every step of the way....its not an easy road, but its manageable!
The wonderful thing is you've found this forum, I only found it some 18 months after diagnoses and there were many things that could have been implemented that may have stabilised her sooner and her weight gain.
You have the many people here with a wealth of experience, so drink it all in and fight for your girl....I will be watching her progress as if she was my own sweet girl....so good luck and onwards and upwards.
Again your message meant the world to me, thank you again.
Reply Michele
6:05 PM on October 4, 2009 
First of all...let me start that I am soooo happy to have found this forum...

My dog Jackie was recently diagnosed with EPI. She will be one year on October 15 and is a german shepherd - her levels were 0.3. I noticed her losing weight and she had diarrhea for a week. I took her to our vet and he gave her a shot for the diarrhea and sufasalazne. He did NO tests - blood or fecal and this concerned me. After 3 days her symptoms were the same I took her to another vet and they gave her flagil (if I am saying it right). At this point she lost approx 15 lbs. (it was about 2 1/2 weeks since first symptoms) We had her on the flagil for almost a week and it did not work either. They ended up doing the test for EPI and it came back positive and her kobalamine (sp) level was also very low. We now have her on pancreazyme 1 1/2 tsp and she has been on it for one week and 2 days and we have seen no change in her stools. She was 102 lbs and is now 86 lbs - her energy level is normal but she gets tired quickly. Mon I am taking her to the vet and I will be starting her on the kobalamine shots. I am weaning her off Eukanuba large breed puppy food to Wellness (just because what I have read says grain free). She eats 8 cups per day and I have been feeding her 3 times - in am she gets 4 cups and 2 at lunch and 2 at dinner. Tomorrow I am changing to feeding her 4 times so I can give her less at the first feeding. What I am really interested in is what diet is best for a dog with this - anything relating to this would be very helpful.