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Old 12-11-2012, 04:55 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Poor guy! I hope you get to the bottom of it soon! Will he eat the liver broth? Will he eat chicken/rice (homemade)? 3 parts white rice/one part boiled, skinless chicken breast cut up small.
He won't eat it. He also won't drink chicken broth. He did eat turkey baby food today though. He ate two jars mixed with one cup of his dog food. That's more than he has all week total.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:02 PM   #22 (permalink)
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If it is his pancreas and the doctor wants him to gain weight, stay away from food with high fat content as this will cause further problems with the pancreas. Adding some high-protein "people food" to his diet can help him put on weight. Meat scraps with the fat trimmed off, cheese, eggs and cooked vegetables (easier on the dog's digestive system than raw) are recommended.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:58 PM   #23 (permalink)
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When it was coming time to put our Maggie down our vet suggested mixing some cottage cheese in with her food as she had quit eating. She loved it. If you find something she'll eat, stick with it. I wish you the best. Please keep us posted.
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When it was coming time to put our Maggie down our vet suggested mixing some cottage cheese in with her food as she had quit eating. She loved it. If you find something she'll eat, stick with it. I wish you the best. Please keep us posted.
The fat content of cottage cheese is mostly saturated fat....great for gaining weight but bad for pancreatic problems.
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That I did not know. I always explain to my boys how you never stop learning. I hope your able to find some things for you pup to eat that will not only be good for him with this but also to gain some weight.
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A canine pancreatitis diet should be a low-fat diet. In fact, less than 9% of the energy should come from the fat. The diet should be rich in carbohydrates, as these have a weak effect on the gastrointestinal hormones, which trigger the pancreatic enzymes. Rice is highly digestible, rich in carbohydrates and can be fed to the dog in small amounts. Along with rice, you can add low-fat cottage cheese or boiled skinless chicken breast. According to dog nutritionists, a canine pancreatitis diet may include white meat chicken, lean and low-fat ground beef, beef heart, beef kidney, beef liver, egg whites, non-fat plain yogurt, oatmeal, barley and cottage cheese. Cooked vegetables such as winter squash and sweet potatoes can also be considered, as these foods contain low amounts of phosphorus and fat.


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Great info, Sue! Thanks!
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We are so sadden to hear how sick your sweet Bowzer is.

Praying some test results come back to put him on the right path to good health.


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Update on Bowzer: His EPI test came back normal but the vet did diagnose his with SIBO. He prescribed Tylan to treat and he's also on B12 shots for the next 6 weeks. Since the B12 shots he's been more eager to eat. We started the antibiotic tylan today so we'll see if this helps... Fingers crossed.
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I hope the antibiotics help him.

I was doing some research on SIBO and read this:

Diarrhea and other stool problems can also be caused by diseases such as SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) and EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency). SIBO can be related to IBD.
Symptoms of SIBO include loud stomach noises, lots of gas, increase in stools, often mushy, and many times, DECREASED appetite and loss of weight. SIBO may be linked to a Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) deficiency, which occurs due to problems absorbing this vitamin, not due to dietary deficiency. It is treated with B12 injections, and usually with Tylan (tylosin), an antibiotic powder, or Oxytetracycline. Antibiotics must be given for 4 to 6 weeks to be effective. Tylan is very bitter, so is best given in capsule form. It is expensive, but you can find it cheaper in bulk and just put it into capsules yourself using an inexpensive capsule maker (apparently the 00 size capsule holds 1/4 teaspoon). Additional treatment should include probiotics, and may involve feeding a low fat diet and/or a novel protein diet, if food sensitivities are suspected. L-glutamine might also be helpful in repairing the intestinal mucosa (give 500 mg per 25 lbs of body weight). In German Shepherd Dogs, SIBO may be a primary condition, but in other breeds, it is considered secondary to other gastrointestinal conditions, such as IBD, EPI, delayed intestinal transit due to partial obstruction or other causes, food sensitivities, etc., so it is important to find and treat the primary condition, and not just the SIBO. The most common test for SIBO is a blood test sent to the GI Lab at Texas A&M. It is a Cobalamin (B12) & Folate test (dogs with SIBO usually, though not always, have low Cobalamin and/or high Folate). If you run these tests, it makes sense to also run a TLI (for EPI) because if the results of the B12 or folate are off they are going to tell you to first rule out EPI (see below for more info on EPI). Go to http://www.cvm.tamu.edu/gilab/assays.asp to read about these tests (they are the first two listed). Dogs are required to be fasted 12 to 18 hours before the test. Note that B12 injections are colored red and may cause the urine to be a reddish color. See Bacterial Overgrowth in Dogs-More Common Than You Think for more info.


I know you said the test for EPI came back negative but I found this interesting:


Note that Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) may be easier for a dog with EPI to digest. Studies show that digestions of MCT fats in dogs with EPI is reduced only by about 25%, while digestion of long chain triglycerides (LCTs) is reduced by about 95%. MCTs are found in milk fat and in coconut oil. See Use of Medium Chain Triglycerides in Clinical Nutrition for more information on this topic. Note that when supplementing with coconut oil, you should use virgin (unrefined) oil in glass jars. You can give as much as 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight daily, but start with less and build up.




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