B12 Preparation for Boarding

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B12 Preparation for Boarding

Post by M&BCutter » 04 May 2019, 10:49

This is Kona's pet-mom.

Kona was diagnosed a week ago and has been doing very well on Enzyme Diane. Shortly we will be kenneling her for a few days.

A question on preparation.

Right now, we feed her three times a day with enzymes letting them incubate for 30 minutes. And in the morning we give her B 12 - we break open the capsule and pour it on top of the incubated food.

I was thinking of making plastic bags with the enzyme sprinkled on the food. That was the kennel only needs to add water and let it sit.

Do you think it's okay if I break open the B12 capsule and mix it in the morning bags upfront? That would mean it would incubate with the enzyme.

I didn't know if incubation would impact the B-12 or vice versa. I assume not, but didn't know if anyone has done something similar to keep it easy for boarding.

Barton + Megan Cutter

Our Kona is a 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd just diagnosed with EPI. She's at 52 pounds down from 61. We are just beginning our journey.

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Re: B12 Preparation for Boarding

Post by Riley's Mom » 04 May 2019, 21:20

I sprinkle the B12 as well, and I do it and let it incubate just as you are describing. I haven't had any trouble doing it that way, and my girl has been stable for years now. I think when you have to leave your pup in someone else's care it is easier to have it all prepackaged that way. Then there is less room for error.
Let us know how she does.

Riley is a 10 year old Labradoodle. She was diagnosed with EPI in 2014.
She currently eats Taste of the Wild, I cup in the morning, 2 cups in the evening, each meal with 1 Wonderlabs B12 sprinkled over her dinner. Enzymes are EnzymeDiane, 1 tsp per cup of food, mixed in home made bone broth. No other supplements or meds at this time.
Riley currently weighs about 44 pounds, which is pretty heavy for her.

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Re: B12 Preparation for Boarding

Post by Jean » 05 May 2019, 04:53

I would do a complete list of what to do and your telephone no !

and try not to worry

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


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Re: B12 Preparation for Boarding

Post by Madelon » 05 May 2019, 12:29

I think it would be fine to do it that way - it doesn't have to be incubated but I don't think it will hurt if it is. It's so stressful leaving our pets. You may have some "off" poops when you return - try not to panic and give it a day or two to see if it corrects itself. If not, then I would try some slippery elm bark powder.
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: B12 Preparation for Boarding

Post by Barb » 05 May 2019, 15:47

Hi Megan,

You are right. The simpler the better for those caring for your pup. When I go away, I fix similar bags......and this is to keep it simple for hubby! Kolby takes a B12 pill whole so he just has to put it in the food when he feeds him, but your way sounds fine.

Hope all goes well.


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