John Hire & Muggie

Joined May 15 2013
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64 years old
Ware Massachusetts
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Avid German Shepherd lover. Have four rescues. Have had German Shepherds for 50 years. This is my first with EPI. 

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Reply Ladycarr1432
4:11 AM on August 7, 2015 
Dear John: Thank you for the wonder help you gave me and my dog Dancer. He felt good on the B-12 we got him on and I made sure he got at least 34 ounces of meat over 12 hours which he loved. He passed away to day from aspirated pneumonia and a Megaesophagis. I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know. Thank you again, from Dancer and myself.
Reply Vizsla Mom
7:12 PM on February 10, 2015 
Thank you so much for sharing your story about Mali. It really helps to know that even if we are dealing with cancer maybe something we are doing will help Lucky gain some strength. Lymphoma seems to be their best guess but only because there are no definitive results as you said. I just don't want him to suffer and I hope he will let us know when that time comes. As of today he is still the same old Lucky. He brought my daughter one of his toys when she walked in the door and was trying to get my attention by walking around with one of my shoes :/. He is a sweet dog and loves his humans! Thanks for the note John.
Reply Q, Q-ball, Quester...
6:26 PM on January 7, 2015 
thank you John for all your help from one GSD lover to another! Q gained his pound back plus 3 ounces! woooot
Reply John Hire & Muggie
4:08 PM on March 26, 2014 
Linda, Thank you very much for the kind words. I want to tell you how Handsome Gunner is. By the way Gunner is my nick name because I worked for Smith and Wesson for years.
Reply arthur60
9:34 AM on March 1, 2014 
Thor had the dna test is negative for DM. It has been a long hard road but he is recovered very well. not to his original self but still strong enough to have received his service dog vest this weekhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=790320270997355&set=a
.577962382233146.139824.347999645229422&type=1 I hope this link for you and that you can see he has recovered but I owe a lot of thanks and gratitude to all the people from the epi site for advice on feeding,diane enzymes and B12
Reply She's Got Moxi
9:09 PM on December 17, 2013 
Just wanted to check and see how Miss Gretta is doing?
Reply John Hire & Muggie
10:41 PM on September 6, 2013 
Linda, I always mix the enzymes and baby food in a seperate little bowl and set it aside. After 20 minutes I get the food in the bowls and then put the enzymes in the food for Mug. That way their food isn't sitting on the counter for that time, just the enzymes and baby food. Little trick I learned a while ago. I did as you are doing and had four faces sitting in the kitchen staring and drooling at the stove where the bowls were sitting. Enzymes in bowl now, Food in bowls after the 20 min. Feel free to ask anything.
Reply Linda
10:30 PM on September 6, 2013 
Thank you for your message and hints about incubation, John. I love the baby food idea and if it works for me, I'll definitely try it. The dogs go SO nuts when I prep his food and how do you explain to them that you just made a dish but it has to sit for awhile? I've been making it and then setting it in the oven (off) to incubate just because they would get it down off the counter if I left it there and I'd read that putting it in the fridge wouldn't be good. I'd stick it in the microwave if I wasn't afraid that I'd accidentally turn it on with the metal bowl inside :) I appreciate your help and am sure I will be back with more questions as I receive supplies to help this little guy. Thanks!
Reply Michele
8:07 AM on June 19, 2013 
Hi John,

I just woke up and saw this - not the kind of news I like to start my day day unfortunately :-( I was glad to see Barb started the thread. Thank you for pointing this out. Have a great day John! Pats to your furry loves!
Reply Jean and Kara
5:54 AM on June 10, 2013 
Hello John

we use either oxytet or tylan which ever is easier

oxytet needs to be given on an empty stomach and that is not always convenient

i have no idea why a vet would not consider antibiotics as all EPI dogs have SIBO at the start

I will have a look back at your posts

my e-mail address is

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Reply Barbara
9:16 AM on June 9, 2013 
The treats that I have always used are the Bil Jac Little Jac training treats. I use them for training and to hide pills in. They are soft and chewy and much less expensive than pill pockets. Tripp is taking his antibiotic in the treat again. The only other treat my dogs get is a biscuit in the mornings when I leave for work and at night at bedtime aka the two times they load up in their crates. I use the petsmart brand original flavor puppy biscuits.
Reply Barbara
9:14 AM on June 9, 2013 
Hi John, so far I have been getting them from the vet. The owner of the clinic is the one who gave me 2 weeks for $25. One of the associates charged me $70 for two weeks supply. I looked at enzymediane and it looks like I can get a month's supply for the same $70. I am struggling to fit the EPI costs into my budget.
Reply cali
9:52 PM on June 7, 2013 
Hi John!
Thanks for replying to my profile and looking over what we have done so far! It will be nice to "know" someone who has a dog with the condition for advice and tips! Right now we have not switched to grain free. But the fiber content on what we use is under 4%... She seems to be ok on what she has now .. An that's the only reason I had not switched it yet. I wanted to get her stable first before I made a change. But maybe the next bag of food we will try grain free taste of the wild. I know that's a great food. My girl (Cynder) hasn't had an issue with her food being "mush" either.. She doesn't seem to mine that it is all watered down! :) just happy to eat and gain weight! But the yogurt is a good tip! I had tried the canned dog food at first and just mixing the enzyme with that and putting in on top of the dry food but it didn't go well- as she still continued to have diarrhea. When we switched to filling the bowel with warm water and the enzyme is when we saw the improvement. I thought do some reason the food all had to be mixed with it? But I do want to pack more weight on my baby as she is still thin- but stable so maybe I could use yogurt as a snack with the enzyme? Do you have any other suggestions for snack? Or something to help with more weight gain. It's so hard not to give treats! We feed 3 times a day a total of 6 cups right now. And have been for quite awhile. Going to weigh her tomorrow to see how she's doing and if she gained any weight at all. She was at a stand still for awhile.
Anyway thanks for contacting me! Hope to hear back! :)
Reply Barbara
11:47 PM on May 25, 2013 
Hi John, I just read your introduction. This forum is the place to be to get educated. I have learned so much in the last week here and on a FB support group. I am glad that your Muggie is doing great! Thank you for doing rescue!
Reply Dar
7:50 PM on May 15, 2013 
Hi John.. Start a new discussion and introduce yourself!! Welcome to EPI4dogs!!