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    Thread: Sam is Sick

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      Quote Originally Posted by Black Labbies View Post
      Good that you're checking the Lyme disease.

      When feeding an EPI dog you need to predigest the food by cooking/blanching it.

      What type of enzymes and probios did you use? You need live enzymes and probios for them to work effectively. Goats milk is actually very fatty and hard on the pancreas. Your focus should be on good quality pre-cooked protein (in moderation) and carbs, yes carbs, 'cause Sam will need the carbs for energy. Have you tried 2 weeks worth of only extra boiled basmati rice, boiled chicken (we used chic thighs) and blanched and chopped carrots, beans or even zucchini and then added good supplements as found in CT Support plus - which also has digestive enzymes in it, or something similar?

      Have you discussed with your vet to have an ultrasound done? Thickening of the pancreas walls is a good indication that Sam has EPI.

      We also tried the vet prescription kibbles, with no luck.

      As for the FMT, does your vet know about this and its huge benefits? If not, read up on it for dogs - there are some really good YouTubes on it, and go from there.

      Continued best wishes.

      Edited to add; what color and texture are Sam's poops? Clay colored and greasy (you'll have to feel for the grease with your gloved fingers - ya, gross, and what we don't do for our special dogs, lol?.
      He does not have EPI. We sent tests to Texas A&M and he tested negative for it. It was a specific test because it was a thought. Edoscopy and possibly ultrasound if his SIBO comes back after treatment.

      I don't remember the brands or anything of what I tried. I have tried a lot of things, including chicken, rice, veggies home cooked meals. Trust me, I have tried everything.

      His poop is brown and looks normal but is very puffy (for lack of a better word) and very large volumes. It's almost like there was air whipped into them. Not greasy.

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      I am so sorry to hear that your dear Sam isn't feeling well...

      I have no advice, but my dear Toby did contact a tick borne disease ("ehrlichiosis”) and he was not exposed to many ticks and also was on tick preventative.

      I just wanted to send you good thoughts and prayers...it's so hard to see our babies sick.

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      Hope Sam will be better soon!

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      Sam, get well soon!

      Hope you get to the root cause soon.

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      Sending good thoughts your way. Hope Sam feels better very soon!

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      It sounds like he just needs more food? Can you allow him to gain 5 lbs and see how he does? If he is eating both your other dog's stool and his he may just be hungry for more nutrition. Some fat and calories might improve his coat too.

      Hope he feels better very soon.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Shelley View Post
      It sounds like he just needs more food? Can you allow him to gain 5 lbs and see how he does? If he is eating both your other dog's stool and his he may just be hungry for more nutrition. Some fat and calories might improve his coat too.

      Hope he feels better very soon.
      I wish it was that simple. Of course I have tried giving him more food. And of course I have tried fat and calories. There is nothing I have not tried. SIBO robs the dogs of all of this regardless of what or how much you feed the dog. I could try feeding him six cups of food per day (for a dog that should be eating two cups or less) but that is not really the answer when your dog has a confirmed illness.

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      Sending good thoughts for Sam. It's so frustrating when you can't find and fix these problems.

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      I am sorry to hear about Sam and hope that you find out what is going on with him soon.
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