Kolby is 10 today!

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Barb
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Kolby is 10 today!

Post by Barb » 14 Apr 2019, 14:35

With much gratitude we celebrate Kolby's 10th birthday today. He pounced on his birthday bag, this morning, dove in head first, retrieved all the new balls that were in there, then appeared in every doorway in the house with one of them in his mouth inviting.....well, requesting.......ok, forcefully imploring us to throw it. He always chooses ball over food, but we did manage to give him an enzymed replica of a birthday cake, complete with candles and the number "10".....and much off-key singing.

We know none of this would have been possible without the support, advice, suggestions, knowledge, and generous sharing of all the good people on this Forum. We are so grateful to Olesia for creating such a wonderful place to help us care for our dogs.

We know how fortunate we are to have Kolby all these years.....he was diagnosed right after his first birthday, didn't respond well to any foods we tried, until we finally had to try a prescription diet (Royal Canin) which did work. We had many setbacks until we finally got the B12 balanced, and it seemed like smooth sailing but then we almost lost him again to Bloat during the summer of 2017. Obviously, he had more light to share because he miraculously survived the Bloat and the following surgery.

Through it all, he is cheerful, happy, hilariously funny, and ever the trickster. When he knows I have to travel to visit or take care of grandchildren, he starts hiding my shoes or various pieces of clothing that he knows I need to pack. On the other hand, he can be completely cooperative. Recently, he had some "hot spot" infections and we didn't want to give him antibiotics, so I used the topical treatment for quite a few weeks. When he would see me coming with the medicated cotton ball, he would lie down and lift his leg so I could apply the medicine.

We are all officially seniors in our house now and we often can't tell who is groaning the loudest when we get up or sit down. Kolby seems to be the one aging the most gracefully. He is ever our teacher.

We treasure every day with him.

Happy Birthday, Kolby.

Barb

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Jean
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Re: Kolby is 10 today!

Post by Jean » 16 Apr 2019, 02:57

happy everything Kolby and Barb
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


Jeanx

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Re: Kolby is 10 today!

Post by jilbert57 » 16 Apr 2019, 09:12

Happy Birthday Kolby! You certainly have a gem in Kolby. That is too funny about your packing. Micky always pit a blue handball in my bag. They are so dang cute!
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 12 yrs young. TJ is a 3 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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Arya&Bran
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Post by Arya&Bran » 16 Apr 2019, 13:52

Happy Birthday Kolby!
Wow! A full decade of a lovable, cuddly, energetic bundle.
Arya & Bran send their well wishes also.
Enjoy your birthday Kolby,
Christine :D
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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Re: Kolby is 10 today!

Post by Kodis Mom » 17 Apr 2019, 11:21

Happy Birthday Kolby !! Glad you are keeping everyone on their toes !!
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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Re: Kolby is 10 today!

Post by Madelon » 17 Apr 2019, 21:40

Happy belated birthday Kolby
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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Re: Kolby is 10 today!

Post by Ruby » 19 Apr 2019, 01:38

Happy Birthday Kolby 10 years old a blessed doggie.

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Mister Admin
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Post by Mister Admin » 22 Apr 2019, 05:15

Happy Birthday beautiful Kolby!

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pommymommy
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Post by pommymommy » 24 Apr 2019, 10:28

Happy belated Kolby....:) Hope you're still celebrating!
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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