Guess who is turning 15 tomorrow, Tue 4/23?!?!

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Guess who is turning 15 tomorrow, Tue 4/23?!?!

Post by pommymommy » 22 Apr 2019, 21:47

Hi fellow EPI-ers...I just wanted to drop in and say Romeo will be 15 tomorrow. I know for a fact he would not have made it this far without the care and guidance of you all. You were with us in the beginning and I am comforted to know you will be there in the future, if needed. I've said it before and I'll say it until the very end.....this forum, the wonderful admins, and everyone associated with this amazing group of life-savers are just that....life savers!

Romeo is doing pretty well, considering he has lost most of his hearing. His right eye is blind from cataracts and his left eye also has the beginnings of a cataract. He is taking ocular vitamins and it has slowed the progression quite a bit.

He eats 4 times a day (3 tbsp wet food at each feeding), still takes his B12,, Creon 10 (split in half at each meal)and treats, which he loves.

Hope everyone is doing well....Romeo sends his love and kisses :)
Suzy - Greatful for finding this forum and meeting such nice and helpful people.

Romeo, DOB 04/23/2004- healthy weight 11.1 pounds (I should say overweight); EPI weight 5.8 Pounds :(..Currently 7.2 :)

11/18/13 results: TLI: 1.3 (5-35), diagnostic for EPI. Folate 17.2 (6.5-11.5). (Consistent with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or vitamin supplementation). Cobalamin 458 (249-733)

Pepcid AC, 2.5 mg as needed

Update 11/2/2016 started using Creon 10,000. Update 1/7/2017...the Creon is working. Gained almost a pound in one month! Keeping fingers crossed :)

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Post by jilbert57 » 22 Apr 2019, 23:57

Hi Suzy!
Happy 15th birthday tomorrow Sweet Romeo! You are still the cutest little dog I have ever seen.
Many more to come.
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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Post by Jean » 23 Apr 2019, 15:41

wowser and thank you for your undying support in everything we do

lovely

Jean
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

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Post by Buttermom1 » 23 Apr 2019, 16:22

Oh Suzy!!!! How wonderful to hear from you and the absolutely gorgeous Romeo!!!!
Butterbean (and I)always had a soft spot for the handsome little guy......
Happy, Happy Birthday Romeo!!! May you continue to enjoy life for you are loved by so many!!!
Susan

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Post by Shirl D. » 23 Apr 2019, 19:11

Happy Birthday, Handsome Romeo!! There's nothing like the love of an old dog. I am willing to bet you made sure his birthday today has been the best one yet!

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Post by Arya&Bran » 23 Apr 2019, 19:57

Happy Birthday Romeo, from Arya & Brandon here in Sunny California!!! :lol:
We hope he gets lots of love and tummy rubs!
Christine, Sean, Arya & Brandon
Arya & Brandon born March 17, 2013. Lab/Shepherd/ Border Collie mix.
Arya gets 1/4 can of Blue Buffalo. Be sure there are no peas in the food. Backyard BBQ, & Denali Dinner are some of the foods. Be sure the food is warm, but NOT HOT, as it will kill the enzymes. We mix 2 1/2 teaspoons EnzymesDiane powder into her food(including the kibble), Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula, 2 cups(Chicken & Brown Rice). We incubate food for 30 minutes.After the incubation period add, 2 Metamucil capsules(broken open & sprinkled on food)& Rx vitamins for pets probiotic. We add The WonderLabs B12 & Slippery Elm at dinner only. Again, we agree that no two EPI pets are the same.

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Post by Madelon » 23 Apr 2019, 22:00

OH MY GOSH!!! I can't believe that sweet little boy is going to be 15. I'm so happy to see you here on the forum. I've often wondered how you guys were doing. Congratulations on doing such a great job with him - especially given the food sensitivities - I remember how much we both struggled with that :)
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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Post by pommymommy » 23 Apr 2019, 22:38

Thanks everyone. Romeo has been sleeping ALL DAY, as usual. He had a few treats (within the enzyme window of course) between naps. I plan on celebrating all week long :)

It's amazing how fast time flies!!!

Thank you again everyone, we appreciate each one of you. Hugs and kisses
Suzy - Greatful for finding this forum and meeting such nice and helpful people.

Romeo, DOB 04/23/2004- healthy weight 11.1 pounds (I should say overweight); EPI weight 5.8 Pounds :(..Currently 7.2 :)

11/18/13 results: TLI: 1.3 (5-35), diagnostic for EPI. Folate 17.2 (6.5-11.5). (Consistent with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or vitamin supplementation). Cobalamin 458 (249-733)

Pepcid AC, 2.5 mg as needed

Update 11/2/2016 started using Creon 10,000. Update 1/7/2017...the Creon is working. Gained almost a pound in one month! Keeping fingers crossed :)

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Post by Miss Maddie Moo » 24 Apr 2019, 08:45

Romeo hope you had a great day .
What a wonderful age.

Ann
Maddie DX April 2011 along with low B12 she was feed with a low fibre food below 3% , fat was not restricted ( she wasnt good on pea based foods ) She initially had a course of B12 shots weekly over a period of 6 months and then we used the B12 pills from Chemeyes in the UK . We used Panzym and slowly had to increase the dose as she aged when she was first DX she was 23kg but she gained weight quickly and got back to 33 kg .
Maddie gained her angel wings in Jan 2018 at the age of 10 to a condition unrelated to EPI.
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Post by Olesia711 » 24 Apr 2019, 14:39

OMG... 15 years old ........... WOW!!!!!! Wishing Romeo a very happy (albeit belated) Birthday
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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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