New EPI Diagnosis - Feeling Overwhelmed...

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Tuckaboo Pam
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Re: New EPI Diagnosis - Feeling Overwhelmed...

Post by Tuckaboo Pam » 26 Jul 2021, 16:22

Lisa, on the forum page, beside your title & name it counts the views of your posts. Nothing wrong with being loved!
Tucker is a shepherd/lab mix; he has tested positive on the ScheBo test for EPI, as well as the fasting TLI. Results--- TLI 1.3, Folate 9.7, Cobalamin 666, Lipase 38. Currently taking Diane's Enzymes 4 teaspoons/day, Wonderlab B12 one capsule per day, slippery elm 1/8 teaspoon twice/day, and Tylan 1/16 teaspoon twice/day (to hold SID at bay). Sport Dog Elite, herding dogs 3 1/2 cups/day. No more poop eating, has gone from 60 to 80 pounds, and he is a happy member of the family, though a bit of a stinker, if you ask the other dogs. Tucker is my boyfriend, and my husband is OK with that.

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Olesia711
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Re: New EPI Diagnosis - Feeling Overwhelmed...

Post by Olesia711 » 27 Jul 2021, 13:11

Hey Lisa,

Obviously you and Sadie are VERY much loved ... going by all the posts on your thread :)
Olesia, was owned by Izzy, a 35lb Spanish Water Dog (SWD), Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.. Izzy passed away on February 13, 2020 at 15 years old. She lived with EPI for 13+1/2 years. It was because of Izzy that Epi4Dogs was started... she was the inspiration. May her legacy of helping others with EPI continue for as long as needed.........

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Sadie'sMom
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Re: New EPI Diagnosis - Feeling Overwhelmed...

Post by Sadie'sMom » 29 Jul 2021, 07:53

Good Morning Pam & Olesia, et al:

Umm.....wow......I can't even begin to wrap my head around that number. To me it shows how many people there are out there who have found this incredible foundation and its wealth of information that they desperately need.....just like I did when I sent that first post/plea for help. I'm sure they are reading your posts that contained all of the information we needed to get Sadie on the path to healing and feeling better.

I have said it since my first post and I will continue to echo it for as long as we have our Sadie ---- we will be FOREVER grateful for the incredible guidance, support, compassion and endless amount of information that you all have given us since our journey began. I'm blessed to be a part of your EPI family.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Lisa & Sadie
Sadie is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever ("Toller" for short). She eats Authority Grain Free Chicken & Pea kibble. To make sure she ingests the enzymes, we mix some No Sodium Chicken Broth and a small handful of meat - chicken, hamburger, pork - and stir it up with her dog food (she eats like a champ now!). With each meal she gets 5 scoops (1 1/4 tsp's) of Diane's Enzymes and a WonderLabs B-12 with Intrinsic factor. She gets 1 Proviable-DC probiotic per day. Diagnosed in September 2019 with EPI. She has some issues with dry skin we are dealing with now.

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Olesia711
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Re: New EPI Diagnosis - Feeling Overwhelmed...

Post by Olesia711 » 29 Jul 2021, 20:59

Lisa ... and Sadie too!

On behalf of the Epi4Dogs staff and the entire membership, thank you for your very kind words, but much of the thanks goes back to you and all the other members and people who get help and then give back by giving of their time to help others. Epi4Dogs is truly a community that has come together to help one another.... and i am lucky to be part of this community and family :)
Olesia, was owned by Izzy, a 35lb Spanish Water Dog (SWD), Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.. Izzy passed away on February 13, 2020 at 15 years old. She lived with EPI for 13+1/2 years. It was because of Izzy that Epi4Dogs was started... she was the inspiration. May her legacy of helping others with EPI continue for as long as needed.........

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Re: New EPI Diagnosis - Feeling Overwhelmed...

Post by Madelon » 01 Aug 2021, 13:49

Hi Lisa! Yes you and Sadie are much loved - everyone here becomes like family - we all laugh, love and cry together.

As for the poops - I noticed a few things with Doc over the years - if he's out chasing flies in the backyard he will often poop more than usual and it will sometimes be softer - the more they are out running around I think the more it makes their insides move or something like that LOL LOL. I also found in the beginning we were at a consistent poop 4x a day - I decided that was the way it was going to be and was fine with it as the poop and weight were good. I had to change his food because they changed the ingredients and it caused him to have SID - when I did he began pooping 3x a day - then I had to change the food again (insert eye roll on manufacturers changing ingredients or discontinuing food) and he now poops 2x a day during the week and 3x a day on the weekend when he's running around more. Sometimes even the smallest change in fiber can change the amount of output as well as the smallest change in ingredients. That being said, I DO NOT recommend changing the food if the poops are solid and the weight is good. 4x a day is totally fine if they are good poops :)
MADELON and Doc. DX EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
Test Results: (1st) 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; (2nd) 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; (3rd) 10/2015 TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4. Prior to DX: May 2014 (2mos) - DX coccidia/bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Dx SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May 2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop. Regimen: 4 cups Sport Dog Food Elite Herding - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 1/2tsp Slippery Elm 2xday; Multivitamin; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Salmon Oil

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