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What has the blood work shown? Infection, elevated lipase etc? At this point I would be opting for exploratory surgery to rule out foreign body, a string or thread cutting off intestinal blood supply, intestinal torsion etc.
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They didn't check his blood or for pancreatitis. They haven't done blood work, I think I'm going to insist on that this time, going to take him back tonight.They did send home with prescription food but he wouldn't eat any of that. Then when they called to check on him they were surprised he wasn't eating and suggested I try the baby food meats etc as I mentioned. Thanks for your advice, I do wonder if it is something with his diet. I have even muzzled him for yard time to be sure he's not ingesting something I'm not aware of. Very stressful!
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The test that was most reliable for pancreatitis in our Boxer was a Spec-cPL that Idexx makes. It's sent in, and reads the pancreatic-specific lipase level. Sometimes the reading can show some smoldering inflammation. It's good to get a baseline that is specific to your dog, when they recover. Smoldering inflammation can cause damage to the pancreas even when it's not acute. Sometimes lowering the fat in the diet will bring that down to normal.
 

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The test that was most reliable for pancreatitis in our Boxer was a Spec-cPL that Idexx makes. It's sent in, and reads the pancreatic-specific lipase level. Sometimes the reading can show some smoldering inflammation. It's good to get a baseline that is specific to your dog, when they recover. Smoldering inflammation can cause damage to the pancreas even when it's not acute. Sometimes lowering the fat in the diet will bring that down to normal.
Thank you for reply. Please excuse my ignorance, is this something you order online and send in?
 

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Thank you for reply. Please excuse my ignorance, is this something you order online and send in?
Your vet's office would carry it. There is also a SnapcPL test some vets carry that gives you a result right in the office. I would call IDEXX directly, and ask them if they know a vet near you who carries these tests. I don't know where you're from, or if you have Internal Medicine specialists in your area. One thing I had done in the past was barium test which can help identify a blockage. A dog of mine had a very rare adhesion that happened after exploratory surgery. It was hard to diagnose until the last minute, even at a specialty 24-hour vet hospital.
 

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Your vet's office would carry it. There is also a SnapcPL test some vets carry that gives you a result right in the office. I would call IDEXX directly, and ask them if they know a vet near you who carries these tests. I don't know where you're from, or if you have Internal Medicine specialists in your area. One thing I had done in the past was barium test which can help identify a blockage. A dog of mine had a very rare adhesion that happened after exploratory surgery. It was hard to diagnose until the last minute, even at a specialty 24-hour vet hospital.
Thanks, I'm in Gainesville, FL so have access to the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital and ER, Level 1 care. He's doing really well now.
 
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