New member - blood test lab

Epi4Dogs Foundation Inc.’s mission is the advancement of science and education relating to EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), yielding useful insights and positive outcomes in better managing EPI in dogs and cats. Our goals are to support and/or collaborate with veterinary EPI research and researchers, and to promote EPI awareness by educating the general public, pet owners, pet organizations, rescue and shelter organizations, veterinary schools and veterinarians.
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cloerlein
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Country: United States
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Pet name: Bizzi

New member - blood test lab

Post by cloerlein » 13 Jun 2019, 15:51

New member here - anxiously awaiting results of the epi blood test. We are located in Detroit, MI. My 8mos old Dalmatian, Bizzi, had her blood drawn on Monday morning. Results not back yet - maybe tomorrow. Is this normal? How long did you wait to get results? The reason I'm freaking out is I have had a specialty vet appointment set up for almost 2 weeks now at Blue Pearl (for tomorrow afternoon) to review her case and her medical record won't include this. Very frustrating!!!! This poor little girl hasn't had a firm/normal stool since 1 week after I got her. UUUGGGGHHHHH!!!!!

Thanks for any guidance you can give. I'll go back to reading the information on this site.
Cindy

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jilbert57
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Post by jilbert57 » 13 Jun 2019, 16:06

Hi Cindy, welcome to you and your pup. Our vet in Oregon sent sample to IDEXX and I want to say it was 3- 5 days. Do you know where the sample was sent?
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

cloerlein
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Pet name: Bizzi

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Post by cloerlein » 13 Jun 2019, 16:18

No, I don't. I couldn't speak with the vet, and the receptionist was less than helpful. Very frustrating.

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Jean
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Post by Jean » 14 Jun 2019, 12:46

hi there, Cindy, and welcome from the UK

what other symptoms does Bizzi show for EPI and was it the vet who suggested the way forward

Was the test at LEAST 8 hours food fasted ? which is the protocol from Texas A&M, preferably 12 hours

you might want to contct the vets who did the test and ask questions, Dont take no for an answer, its your dog, and your money, they listen to you as their customer

ours over here, took 2 days

ITS VERY FRUSTRATING
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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Madelon
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Pet name: Doc

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Post by Madelon » 26 Jun 2019, 22:17

Hi and welcome to our EPI family. Have you got the results back? If the blood was taken on Monday you should have results Friday or Saturday. Please check out our quick start guide and ask any and all questions you may have.
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

Barb
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Post by Barb » 01 Jul 2019, 10:46

Hello and welcome. Waiting is so difficult. Our test came back (many years ago) within 3 days....we were actually shocked that it came back so fast. I hope you have results by now. Please feel free to ask any questions you have.

Barb

Tuckaboo.
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Pet name: Tucker

Re: New member - blood test lab

Post by Tuckaboo. » 19 Jul 2019, 17:54

Cindy, I am in the process of deciding whether or not to get the blood test for my Tucker. The vet has treated him for other isuues, and eliminated them as culprits. The quote I was given was $440, for the test. Do you mind me asking, was yours that expensive?

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