Struggling with Vet

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Tuckaboo Pam
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Re: Struggling with Vet

Post by Tuckaboo Pam » 22 Jan 2022, 12:11

Hey Melinda! And, as you add more food to his diet, you may want to break it up into one more meal per day. ie, the hypothetical 6 cups should be fed in 3, instead of 2 meals. For awhile, anyway, until he adjusts.

Hope this helps Poogan gain some weight.---P
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, Wonderlabs B12 one capsule per day, two capsules slippery elm/evening, 1 Proviable capsule/day, and Tylan 1/32 teaspoon/ morning (to hold SID at bay). Sport Dog Elite, herding dogs 4 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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Re: Struggling with Vet

Post by PooganNash » 22 Jan 2022, 12:43

Thank you so much! I will feed breakfast, dinner, and a late meal since I am not always available to feed lunch 😁🤞🏻
Poogan Nash
Fortiflora once daily, Hills i/d food, Viokase - V 1 tsp with each meal, 20mg famotidine with each meal

Tuckaboo Pam
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Re: Struggling with Vet

Post by Tuckaboo Pam » 22 Jan 2022, 15:17

He should start gaining weight, and after a bit I'd go back to two. I feed Tucker at 6 am & 6 pm.
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, Wonderlabs B12 one capsule per day, two capsules slippery elm/evening, 1 Proviable capsule/day, and Tylan 1/32 teaspoon/ morning (to hold SID at bay). Sport Dog Elite, herding dogs 4 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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Re: Struggling with Vet

Post by Barb » 22 Jan 2022, 18:27

Hi Melinda,
I am just catching up with you and Poogan. You have already been given great advice. I will just add that our Kolby did not start gaining weight until his B12 levels were up....usually, we say 600+ is good for EPI dogs. You are on your way, but some dogs are slow gainers, so don't be discouraged. As Pam said, increasing the food and number of meals is going to help.

Also I heartily endorse keeping a log/journal if you haven't already started one. It saved our sanity. Record everything you give Poogan, the amounts and the resulting poos each day. It will help you to see what is working and what needs to be adjusted. It also helps you to see patterns you might not have noticed if you hadn't seen them in writing.

Barb

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Re: Struggling with Vet

Post by PooganNash » 22 Jan 2022, 19:50

Barb,
Thank you so much for the encouragement!!!
I do keep a daily journal and track bowel movements
Poogan Nash
Fortiflora once daily, Hills i/d food, Viokase - V 1 tsp with each meal, 20mg famotidine with each meal

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