Joined Oct 4 2009
57 years old
Point Pleasant, NJ
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.