Tucker is getting fat

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Pet name: Tucker
My name: Pam H.

Tucker is getting fat

Post by Tuckaboo. » 23 Nov 2019, 21:22

While debating whether or not our new skinny hound shows any sign of weight gain, we looked at Tucker, too. We noticed that in addition to not having any ribs showing, our EPI boy no longer has a waist! We'd hate for him to get too fat, so cutting back on his food makes the most sense. He gets about 4 cups of kibble/day. Does cutting back by half a cup make sense? Thank goodness for this group----Pam
Tucker is a shepherd/lab mix, adopted on craigslist; he has tested positive on the ScheBo test for EPI. Currently taking Diane's Enzymes 3 teaspoons/day, Wonderlab B12 capsules 1/day, and Tylan 1/5 teaspoon/day. Thriving on Sport Dog Food Elite/Herding Dog. No more coprophagia, his weight is steady, and he is a happy member of the family, if a bit of a bully with his four siblings from time to time. Tucker is my boyfriend, and my husband is OK with that.

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Re: Tucker is getting fat

Post by Madelon » 23 Nov 2019, 21:49

So you have an EPI Chunky Monkey :) . Congratulations!! Yes, once your EPI dog reaches their goal weight we recommend slowly reducing the food - keep an eye on the weight so you find the right amount of food to keep your dog at an ideal weight. Remember the guide on the bag of food is just a guide - every dog - especially an EPI dog is different.
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: Tucker is getting fat

Post by jilbert57 » 24 Nov 2019, 00:48

Congratulations on the weight gain!

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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Re: Tucker is getting fat

Post by Jean » 24 Nov 2019, 04:30

that is awesome,

you can join the chunky monkey club

if you have before and after pictures, Olesia will add them to our web page

again nice one
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


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Re: Tucker is getting fat

Post by ColtAn2 » 25 Nov 2019, 08:15

Yes, I think that cutting the kibble by half a cup daily would make sense; the current quantity allows him to gain weight, so weight stabilisation would call for a slightly lower quantity of food.
Either this, or have him burn more calories a day by playing or walking, but well, this may be difficult if you work a lot and/or live in a city.

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