Update on Ruby

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Ruby
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Update on Ruby

Post by Ruby » 06 Oct 2018, 22:40

DON'T GIVE UP.....Want to thank you all for your input. Ruby my collie girl is doing better. She had lost almost all her hair months ago WHY? Because the groomer shampooed her 3 times at one visit with medicated shampoo. She went through a very difficult time ...lost hair on her legs, face, all the top part of her body and sides. Really sad, really scared. My vet gave her antibiotics made her itch more,,,, then gave us anti-itch med...made her itch even more. So I stopped it. ONE PERSON FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY ON THIS EPI WEBSITE shared one thing with me.which helped to hang in there. She stated that I should leave her alone. No shampoo, no anything just let her body rest and the hair will start to grow back.
Well, I listened to her advice about the follicles resting and that the hair would grow back. It has been 9 months. I have used cool wash cloths to keep Ruby's skin cool, Rub her, like a massage now every night. HER HAIR IS GROWING BACK...on her legs and on her back and even her face. Some are very short and some are longer so that I can see the hair. Long post I know. BUT, I want to thank all of you that have given input to help us through this time. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Ruby will be in the upcoming calendar...when she looked real beautiful before all this BUT, she is still my beauty and will get to looking good again. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE, CARE AND DEDICATION..... DON'T GIVE UP.

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Jean
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Re: Update on Ruby

Post by Jean » 07 Oct 2018, 04:51

Blimee, that has been a rough time for you, and thank you for your kind words, new people need all the support they can get, and peoples experiences are invaluable

this is an interesting article

https://wagwalking.com/condition/shampoo-allergies

lets face it we all have intollerances, and until its too late we have no idea

I look forward to her picture in the callendar, and for your updates

Jeanx
My name is Jean we live in Liverpool in Uk

My Kara born 21 July 2009 diagnosed with EPI by cTLI test August 2010 TLI = <1...folate 14 Cobalamin 408, shot down to 94, b12 injections every other day

Lowest weight 39 pounds

We use Panzym enzymes, Tylan and Chemeyes b12 capsules

Sadly, on 10th May 2019, we lost her to DM


Jeanx

Barb
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Re: Update on Ruby

Post by Barb » 07 Oct 2018, 09:10

What a tough time you and Ruby have been through! Sometimes, less is more, and doing nothing (or letting things rest) is what is required, but oh that is so hard to do because we want to fix things and see results. It always amazes me how the wisdom of the Universe works through people and gives us the answers we need.

Thank you for sharing this. Gratitude to the person who gave the good advice. So glad Ruby is improving. Can't wait to see her beautiful picture in the calendar.

Barb

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jilbert57
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Re: Update on Ruby

Post by jilbert57 » 07 Oct 2018, 10:28

I am so glad to hear that Ruby Doo has her hair growing back! Sometimes when we can't fix them spot on and it drags out it is discouraging but you hung in there and are on course. Thanks for sharing your story!
My name is Jill and I live on the Hood Canal in Washington State. I have two dogs: Kiya is an aussie/blue heeler and is 13, TJ is a 4 year old Jack Russell. They keep me on my toes.
Mickey and his pancreatitis brought me to Epi4dogs.com site in 2012 to help manage it.

Mickey, Jack Russell. Chronic Pancreatitis. Dianes enzymes, 1/8t 3x/day with meals.
6/1999 - 8/2014

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Kodis Mom
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Re: Update on Ruby

Post by Kodis Mom » 07 Oct 2018, 11:56

Yeah Ruby ! Thank you for sharing Ruby's story and for a great update ! This forum is about helping and sharing with those in need. Even though I personally have 18 years experience with epi, I learn something new. Can't wait to see the photo !
Kodi
B. 8/19/2010 Diagnosed at 11 months.
Kodi is now on Natures Logic turkey and/or pork kibble, 2 cups with 2 teaspoons of enzymes, 1/8 teaspoon of ground coriander, 1/16 teaspoon of cinnamon and ground fennel seed (for tummy upsets) twice a day, plus one one B12 capsule from Wonderlabs. She has been very stable and on occasion needs a dose ofTylan.
She is our second GSD with EPI. It was not so scary this time ! And thank goodness for epi4dogs.com !

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Madelon
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Re: Update on Ruby

Post by Madelon » 07 Oct 2018, 16:30

I'm so glad to hear Ruby is finally on the mend. I know you have been through so so so much with her this past year. I agree, sometimes the best thing we can do is let nature take its course but when your little one is suffering you just want to fix it as fast as you can. Ruby is very lucky to have you
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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Olesia711
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Re: Update on Ruby

Post by Olesia711 » 07 Oct 2018, 18:27

Hi Marilyn..... and what great news... Ruby Do is finally healing..... WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks to the person who helped you and thanks for updating us.

Please continue to keep us posted and very much looking forward to seeing Miss Ruby Doo in the 2019 EPI calendar :)
Olesia, owned by Izzy, a 35lb Spanish Water Dog (SWD), Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Doing great 12+ years later! Once stable at 3+ months, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes (use EnzymeDiane's 6x) with each cup of food, but as she aged- -had to go back 1 tsp enzymes per cup of food. Fed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane., gave 1 tsp of coconut oil / fish oil daily .... until she developed Diabetes and she now cannot tolerate higher fat foods. Currently feed an 80% home-made diet of sweet potato, a lean meat/fish, 1/3 of a raw egg, fat free cottage cheese, fish oil+vitamins and bone meal with 20% Annamaet Lean & Grain Free kibble. This combo has regulated her Diabetes (takes Vetsulin) and EPI and is very well managed. In Feb 2013, Izzy developed a very serious condition called IMHA which she (thankfully) beat and is now in remission. This is when we discovered that she also developed Diabetes & Low Thyroid. Izzy was able to receive excellent care because of the generosity of folks on Epi4dogs! Izzy continues to wake up every day full of joy. I am not a vet. All of my suggestions/recommendations are based on personal experiences, observations, information gleaned from EPI researchers & pet parents alike, and EPI research. Please share with your vet everything we suggest.

Ruby
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Re: Update on Ruby

Post by Ruby » 09 Oct 2018, 22:03

Thank you for all your kind replies. I want to be an encouragement to anyone that needs that extra push to not give up on their pet with EPI. I am so blessed to have found this forum so Ruby can have a life. Your response brought tears to my eyes how touching that you should care. Thank you soooooooooo very much.

There is one other thing I would share with you all but I am not sure if it needs to be listed separately. Ruby started to have an infection in her eye so I researched once again. I don't sell this stuff or nothing like that. But, I found something to help heal her eye that is not with a prescription and is non-toxic and non-irritating. You could get it at Petco, Not Petsmart. It is called Vetericyn plus eye wash also Vetericyn plus antimicrobial ophthalmic gel. I have used the eye wash and have seen a great change in her infected eye. They also have Vetericyn plus wound and skin care. I bought it, but haven't used it yet. Ruby has very dry skin right now I probably would try it on a small spot and see if this will help her skin. I thought I would share this with all of you and you all can look it up and research it for yourself. It is used by a vet called Dr. Pol who has been on Animal Planet a number of times and he has u tubes. So anyway, I can tell you this the eye wash does work.

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jilbert57
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Re: Update on Ruby

Post by jilbert57 » 09 Oct 2018, 22:20

Marilyn, you are a great dog mom!
I have used the Vetricyn wound care on quote a few dings. Great products. Thanks for the tip on the eye care.
My name is Jill and I live on the Hood Canal in Washington State. I have two dogs: Kiya is an aussie/blue heeler and is 13, TJ is a 4 year old Jack Russell. They keep me on my toes.
Mickey and his pancreatitis brought me to Epi4dogs.com site in 2012 to help manage it.

Mickey, Jack Russell. Chronic Pancreatitis. Dianes enzymes, 1/8t 3x/day with meals.
6/1999 - 8/2014

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Olesia711
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Re: Update on Ruby

Post by Olesia711 » 09 Oct 2018, 23:31

Marily, Ahhhh.... thanks for your kind words. Miss Ruby is quite the special gal :) and she sure has been thru hell this past year so we are thrilled to hear that she is finally doing so much better.

Thanks for mentioning the Vetericyn... i too have used it in the past and was pleased :)
Olesia, owned by Izzy, a 35lb Spanish Water Dog (SWD), Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Doing great 12+ years later! Once stable at 3+ months, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes (use EnzymeDiane's 6x) with each cup of food, but as she aged- -had to go back 1 tsp enzymes per cup of food. Fed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane., gave 1 tsp of coconut oil / fish oil daily .... until she developed Diabetes and she now cannot tolerate higher fat foods. Currently feed an 80% home-made diet of sweet potato, a lean meat/fish, 1/3 of a raw egg, fat free cottage cheese, fish oil+vitamins and bone meal with 20% Annamaet Lean & Grain Free kibble. This combo has regulated her Diabetes (takes Vetsulin) and EPI and is very well managed. In Feb 2013, Izzy developed a very serious condition called IMHA which she (thankfully) beat and is now in remission. This is when we discovered that she also developed Diabetes & Low Thyroid. Izzy was able to receive excellent care because of the generosity of folks on Epi4dogs! Izzy continues to wake up every day full of joy. I am not a vet. All of my suggestions/recommendations are based on personal experiences, observations, information gleaned from EPI researchers & pet parents alike, and EPI research. Please share with your vet everything we suggest.

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