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  1. Hey everybody! This is my first post. My older boy, Cooper, is 4 and a half, and we've had him for over a year. About 2-3 months ago, he rapidly and suddenly lost a LOT of weight (he went from a healthy 75 lbs. to about 62 lbs) and he has also starting going #2 in the house, which is honestly pretty shocking as he's always been perfectly housebroken. He's got no energy and is clearly uncomfortable. We brought him to the vet and his blood, stool, and urine came back clean. We've been following all of the vet's suggestions--we've been giving him pepcid, we've increased his food intake quite a bit, and we're feeding him smaller amounts more frequently and NOTHING is working. There are no external stressors or changes that could be causing this and I'm worried about him. Has anyone seen anything like this before?
  2. Hi all, New grey owner here! Have posted once about bonding but having some health issues we need advice on please. We have had our 3 y/o boy about 11 weeks now. He came to us at a weight of 82 lbs and his racing weight was 80 lbs. He had mostly soft stool from the beginning with some with slight form. We put him on eukanba when we first got him, which was a switch from Purina dog chow adult from the rescue group. He was put on doxy for about a month because his white cell count was high and the vet thought maybe he had tick borne disease. He also was diagnosed with hooks, which we have treated twice with a 5 day course of Panacur. We saw a live worm (guess you can't see hooks, so had to be another kind of worm, but what other worm could survive 2 rounds of Panacur other than hooks?)AFTER the double treatment and so he was then treated with Drontral plus as he had some blood in his poops so was also put on metronidazole. He also had a blood test for allergies which said he is allergic to pork, peas, corn, wheat and peanuts. Many of those things were in the Eukanba so we transitioned him to yet another food. We have had him on a probiotic, Fortiflora flora since we got him. His poops are nothing but soft serve goo and have not improved the slightest with No form and I even feel they are worse then when we first got him and wonder if the new food is not right. He has been on it over 3weeks. We felt he was skinny and weighed him today and he has lost 5 lbs in one month!!!! He is not vomitting and is eating. I ordered some Olewo carrots thinking it's worth a shot, but am wondering how if I shouldn't add something else new into the mix. I am pretty concerned now about this weight loss and don't know what I should do to resolve the poo either. Any help is much appreciated! 👍 Many thanks!!!!
  3. Hi all, New grey owner here! Have posted once about bonding but having some health issues we need advice on please. We have had our 3 y/o boy about 11 weeks now. He came to us at a weight of 82 lbs and his racing weight was 80 lbs. He had mostly soft stool from the beginning with some with slight form. We put him on eukanba when we first got him, which was a switch from Purina dog chow adult from the rescue group. He was put on doxy for about a month because his white cell count was high and the vet thought maybe he had tick borne disease. He also was diagnosed with hooks, which we have treated twice with a 5 day course of Panacur. We saw a live worm (guess you can't see hooks, so had to be another kind of worm, but what other worm could survive 2 rounds of Panacur other than hooks?)AFTER the double treatment and so he was then treated with Drontral plus as he had some blood in his poops so was also put on metronidazole. He also had a blood test for allergies which said he is allergic to pork, peas, corn, wheat and peanuts. Many of those things were in the Eukanba so we transitioned him to yet another food. We have had him on a probiotic, Fortiflora flora since we got him. His poops are nothing but soft serve goo and have not improved the slightest with No form and I even feel they are worse then when we first got him and wonder if the new food is not right. He has been on it over 3weeks. We felt he was skinny and weighed him today and he has lost 5 lbs in one month!!!! He is not vomitting and is eating. I ordered some Olewo carrots thinking it's worth a shot, but am wondering how if I shouldn't add something else new into the mix. I am pretty concerned now about this weight loss and don't know what I should do to resolve the poo either. Any help is much appreciated! 👍 Many thanks!!!!
  4. Our 6-year-old female greyhound Zoe was diagnosed with Protein Losing Enteropathy in April. Backstory: Zoe had been having diarrhea on and off, but nothing serious, and then I came home from work one day and she looked like she had swallowed a watermelon she was so swollen. Got her to the vet, and the fluid was ascites. They did bloodwork, and found her total protein levels were low, as was the albumin, and the vet suspected PLE. They did an x-ray of her heart, and drew more blood (B12 level and some more detailed liver values). B12 was low, so we started supplementing. Heart appeared normal. Liver values were normal. Started her on Tylan powder and a bland, low fat diet, and got an appointment to go to a specialist. Within 5 days, she had cleared the ascites and the diarrhea was improved, but she was still lethargic, and had lost about 7 lbs from her normal weight (70lbs to 63). We took her to an internal medicine specialist, and they did an ultrasound, and then scheduled an endoscopy. Ultrasound did not show any masses, but did reveal several blood clots, including a large one in her portal vein that seemed to be clearing. That's likely what caused the ascites. Endoscopy revealed that the root cause of the PLE is inflammatory bowel disease; moderate thickening and inflammation in the upper intestines, but no masses or lesions and biopsies revealed no cancer. (Whew!) So about 5 weeks ago, she started on prednisone and a hypoallergenic diet. Here's what she's currently getting: Prednisone, 20 mg (once/daily) Tylan Powder, 1/4 tsp (twice/daily) 20mg aspirin, 1 daily (to prevent clotting) B12 shots (every other week) Royal Canin Hypoallergenic dry food (4 cups/day) + canned of the same Hills Hypoallergenic treats Dried banana chips We had her bloodwork repeated last week, and everything was normal except total protein (now 4.1) and albumin (now 2.2). I've read online that greyhound values for total protein run lower, but hers is still below the normal range. Zoe has regained her energy level (and then some!) and is eating and pooping normally. She's drinking more than normal and having some accidents, but I think that's the prednisone. She has gained 2.5 lbs, and seems to be gaining about 0.5 lbs per week (currently 65.5). It was hell at first, but she does seem to be tolerating the prednisone reasonably well at this point. The internal medicine specialist seemed to think that if Zoe were going to return to normal values on the current medicines, she would have done it by now and suggested adding either chlorambusil or cyclosporine to her treatment (both are immunosuppressants). My feeling was that we didn't know if her values had plateaued yet, and I'd like to keep things the same and test again in a month. For now we're waiting - am I being too conservative? Anybody had greyhounds with PLE on chlorambusil or cyclosporine? The vet specialist seemed to prefer the first, as it was easier to dose and was generally better tolerated. Any thoughts or suggestions on long-term management of PLE are appreciated!
  5. I don't post on here but am desperately looking for help. Maybe someone has had the same experience...hopefully not for you and your pup. Murphy will be 11 on May 13, 2016. He has been losing weight since Dec 2015. Was at 90.4 pounds and March 3 was at 79.0 pounds. Appetite very poor and lethargic. No diarrhea now but did have some in December. I have tried eggs, chicken breast , pumpkin, chicken broth over kibble, peanut butter with and without kibble. As a last resort I made satin balls last night. He tried a little of a satin ball last night but refused them this morning. Xrays, fecal tests, blood tests have been done and he was given a B-12 injection yesterday. We are waiting for malabsorbtion test results to come in. Thank you in advance or any insight.
  6. We have been having some issues with Teddy, our nine year old boy. He has been favoring his right rear leg recently and has lost ten pounds. He is avoiding steps (but has always hated steps, ever since he came to us). The only finding on x-rays (under sedation) was some 'flattening' of the head of the femur. No other signs of possible osteosarcoma were present. Our vet didn't really know what to make of this finding, and thinks it could be from a possible old injury or osteoarthritis. All his lab/urine studies came back within normal limits. The vet feels that this is not something serious or catastrophic (like OS). The vet prescribed Rimadyl, Tramadol, and Dasuquin. Me, being the extremely cautious and very nervous, greyhound mom is afraid of giving him the Rimadyl after reading that there is a small chance of liver/kidney failure/death from this drug. I see that Pfizer has even issued a warning sheet that is given to pet owners who elect to use this drug. But I've also read that this drug can be very effective in treating arthritis in dogs. So I really don't know what to do about giving Teddy the Rimadyl. He has improved on the Tramadol and Dasuquin. However, I am worried because he has lost weight (while very much still enjoying eating). Also, I am still very much afraid of OS being the cause of the pain. We lost our beloved Daisy this past August after she suffered a horrible fracture walking into the kitchen; the cause most likely OS. It was an awful thing to go through and naturally I am afraid that it could happen again. Can OS present as a "flattening" of the head of the femur? could something else be the cause? Am I right in being afraid to give Teddy the Rimadyl? I realize that only I can make that decision, but am I being overly cautious in withholding a medication that could potentially help Teddy? Can dogs lose weight/muscle just because they are aging, without a serious underlying cause? I have been sick with worry since this all began. Thanks for any advice/suggestions.
  7. Hi everyone, Winnie, who just turned 4, has been having soft stool for the past three weeks or so. It started with a bout of explosive diarrhea, which resolved relatively quickly after I put her on a rice and pumpkin diet for a few days. But then every time I tried switching to her normal kibble her stool will get totally loose, unless I mix it with massive amounts of pumpkin. I have been feeding her Zignature (grain-free, potato-free, limited ingredient) for about 6 months with good results and I don’t know what could have suddenly gone wrong, assuming the problem is her kibble. I tried switching to a rice, pumpkin, and boiled chicken for a few days and that seems to fix it rather quickly. I took her to the vet who gave her a course of metronidazole and ran a parasite test which came back negative, but I’m worried that Winnie has lost 3-4 pounds since the last time I weighted in February. I’m taking her back to the vet on Monday, and wondering if there is some specific tests I should suggest the vet to run. Alternatively, I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences with Zignature –or any other kibble for that matter- suddenly upsetting their hound’s tummy. Among other things, most kibbles I’ve tried in the past –including Zignature- have always made Winnie poop a lot. And when I say a lot, it’s A LOT. It’s almost like the same volume of food she eats basically goes out the rear door, and I am wondering if that suggests she’s having some food assimilation/allergy issues. Vets have never really taken me seriously when I tell them the volume of her stool is alarming. Any thought or suggestion would be greatly appreciated!
  8. Kipper's become a conundrum. The horrible corns that we hull are not the issue now. He's got food allergies and we did a full-blown food challenge his first year to isolate the allergies. (most grains including rice, beef, mild intolerance for chicken but not duck or turkey, fish no allergies but poor coat and weight, pork great coat and weight, duck great coat and weight, turkey good coat and weight). For five years, all was fine except he's an extreme picky eater. His hero was the famous Breakfast with Bill. And veggies of any type -- even potatoes -- are disgusting in his opinion, in any form (Just try offering those sweet-potato or pumpkin treats every other dog loves, I dare you. He'll spit it in your face and give you the stink eye.) As my vet said, he's proof that some dogs really would starve themselves, because none of the usual tricks work (other dogs in the house, set meal times only, canned food, freshly cooked food, raw food, add-ins, etc). We get by mostly by switching to one of the other non-allergic foods when he gets bored and stops eating, tracking his volume and calories on a chart weekly, and using a lot of add-ins like ground or slow-cooked pork or duck or canned pork or duck. That worked until recently. Over the past six months, this has happened: He's lost 8 pounds. He started out 2 less than we'd have liked, but that was his normal for nearly five years. He's had a LOT of runny poop. Not diarrhea -- no urgency and straining -- just constant pudding. Not a huge volume. No blood. No evidence of any parasites or worms in all the tests. Sometimes mucous, mostly not. Just pudding about 60% of the time. His stomach makes a LOT of noise about every 2-3 days, and he won't eat anything, not even his favorite treats reserved solely for giving medicine. On the days his stomach is noisy, he won't eat and eats grass. On the days his stomach isn't noisy, he eats like "normal" for him -- like a horse every fourth or fifth day and not at all the others, or only a few bites. (Not eating/refusing even treats some days has always been normal for him, to be clear. He'll usually take the treats and hide them in his blankies for later; "bed snacks," we call them.) Sometimes on the noisy/grass-eating days, he vomits grass and clear fluid, but not often. Maybe once every 2-3 weeks. He acts normal on all but the worst noisy-stomach/grass-eating days. Most days, even if he's eating grass and refusing to eat, he's asking for the beach and dancing around trying to get us to notice him while we work. He doesn't act sick except about once every two weeks, and even then, he still begs and plays at the beach. What we've tried: Bloodwork was normal, but we're doing it again tomorrow since it's been six weeks and we're grasping at straws. Flagyl just in case, despite negative fecals. No change. Antibiotics (not for the GI, but they seem to help his inflamed front corn, leading us to suspect a foreign body in it, but that may or may not be related to this). We used cephalexin, which does not seem to upset his stomach (he's the same on it as off it, GIT-wise; no worse or better either way, and in the past it never upset his stomach). We moved him back to the last kibble that worked a year ago (high-end turkey and sweet potato grain-free). No change. We went back to what seemed to keep weight on him and give him his best coat, which was canned pork (Merrick). He stopped eating it. So we tried fresh pork and cooked it for him. Worked for a few days, then...No change. Half the time he won't eat, then suddenly it's the best thing he's ever seen cross his bowl. Same recurring GI symptoms, not seeming to be related to food type (as in, days he eats pork might be fine or followed by runny poop or gurgling, just like everything else we feed him or the days when he doesn't eat at all). His teeth were cleaned and had no problems 10 months ago, and the vet can't see any cracks or other issues that would cause him to refuse food, let alone soft ground meat. A veterinary nutritionist suggested that we re-do the food challenge because his allergies may have changed over time and she suspects this is allergic. We tried cooking 80% lean beef burger for him again, and this time he did not have an allergic reaction (five years later). But, no change to GI symptoms -- and half the time he won't eat it. We have not tried rice again since that was his biggest trigger five years ago. The vet and vet nutritionist both do not want us to try raw for various reasons (not because they're against raw). This is a relief, since I can't even get him to eat raw turkey necks -- I have to sear them first, or he won't touch them. Even then, half the time he won't touch them. We considered stress-related IBS, but he's had no new or ongoing stressors the past six months and exhibits no behavior changes or stress behaviors or stereotypies. Then again, he's always been a bit of a worrier -- the dog with the wrinkled forehead, a bit shy of new things. He was very, very shy when we first got him and people who knew him then can't believe he's the same dog, he's now so curious and exploratory and happy. He acts like himself -- if the corns have recently been hulled, he's as peppy and happy as always, begging for us to throw the ball. If the corns are bad, he still begs to go to the beach so he can just stand in the water. Any ideas? Should we just try prednisone as someone else suggested? Keep searching for a food cause? Try Panacur even though we have had three negative fecals? I'm at wit's end for the poor hound. He doesn't deserve to have GI issues all the time! Thanks for any ideas. Sorry it's so long.
  9. Will drive me nuts using incomplete sentences, but will do so to detail as much as possible. Greytly appreciate anyone's feedback/suggestions... Our 12 yr old Grey girl, Molly, vomiting & diarrhea started Feb 1st. No more vomiting other than that 1st day; diarrhea every time she poops--sometimes squirting out (no visible blood to date), frequent nausea; still eating (better the last coupla days); on bland diet since issues started--boiled chickn & rice, canned i/d or canned Iams intestinal . Molly has lost at least 8# so far, is losing muscle strength & is more unstable on her hind legs than usual (has arthritis in multiple joints as well as cervical pain that causes nerve pain/disturbances in her hind quarters prior to these issues). Lately she is alert & responsive, even playful at times, interacting w/ our other younger Grey girl & has been eating every time I feed her (small amounts 3 times a day). Initial bloodwork revealed elevated pancreatic enzymes;local vet treated for pancreatitis (Flagyl, Reglan, Prostora, subq fluids a couple times, 3 doses of Panacur, Amoxi for a couple days, but interfered w/ her appetite/nausea...) Supportive care for pancreatitis not resolving the diarrhea to date. Fecal was negative (not diagnostic, in my opinion: after Panacur, looking for coccidia); Abdominal & chest xrays normal; abdominal ultrasound no significant findings in intestines although there's a 2 cm nodule on her liver & her spleen is enlarged but looks grossly normal. Specialty vet who performed the US said liver nodule would not cause the GI issues. Will address liver nodule/spleen after stabilizing diarrhea condition. Had blood panels done: cortisol & bile acids were normal (no Addison's or underlying liver dysfunction); awaiting results of GI/pancreas panel. I've read the forums on IBD & diarrhea...I can't locate the posts I found last week about fecal/intestinal cultures that should be done as it was found in that specific case that there was an overgrowth of normal flora in the intestine that was the cause. Can anyone direct me to this topic or provide more info about this? Thanks for any insight, feedback, suggestions & positive prayers you can offer Molly & I... P.S. Don't have a smart phone or tablet, so my responses may be a bit delayed (also live in the SE)...
  10. I've posted about our poor guy Mika and his chronic diarrhea before. We're still having problems, and so far he's done the best on home cooked meals. The main question I have is how much to feed him - I can't find any information about how much food he should get. Background: We got Mika in December, and he was a bit underweight (68lbs; racing weight 72lbs) and having pudding poop while on the food his foster family gave him (Purina One Lamb & Rice). I tried gradually switching him onto Iams Lamb & Rice (which our other grey eats) and when that didn't work, tried the green bag of Iams. Basically he just had MORE diarrhea with that. We've tried grain free (Wellness, Nutro), novel protein (venison, fish, buffalo), etc. Starting in late February, the loose stools turned to almost complete liquid, and we tried Flagyl and boiled hamburger and rice. For 5 days he had perfect poop! But then it deteriorated again. Since then we've tried low fat novel protein (Solid Gold Wolfking), and most recently, even a hydrolyzed hypoallergenic food (Purina HA). We tried Flagyl again. We've tried Tylan Powder. He's had a round of Panacur. He has control of his bowels, but what comes out is bright yellow, mucus and frequently liquid. He had tapeworms when we got him, and he's been treated for those. He's been tested for SIBO and B12 deficiencies. SIBO was negative, but B12 was low, so he's on supplement shots, once a week. He's dropped down to about 64 lbs and we can see his ribs. His coat is shiny and he still has lots of energy. All other bloodwork is normal. Saw the vet again yesterday, and we decided to go back to hamburger and rice for a few days before trying a prescription high-fiber food. So last night he got hamburger and rice and Tylan powder, and this morning, he had the first solid poop in 2 months. I don't know if it will last, but I'm beginning to think maybe he will need home cooking. My big question is this - how much should I give him?? He LOVES food of all kind and will absolutely eat until he pops if given the chance. He even eats his food with the Tylan powder on it. So his appetite is no indication. Mixing rice and hamburger about 1:1 for volume, how many cups should a 70 lb dog get? Do you measure it by packed cups? And should I feed more to get his weight up? We split his food into 3 meals a day to try to keep the volume per meal lower. Any other useful hints or ideas would be appreciated!! Here is the culprit:
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