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He has intestinal lymphangiectasia.

 

Good news: we may be able to 'manage' it.

 

Bad news: we may not be able to manage it.

 

The vet says we should know in a month or two.

 

He will be on an 'ultra low fat' diet, and nothing else.

We will be monitoring his albumin levels, starting Tuesday.

He may get B12 shots.

He will likely start on prednisolone--depending on his recovery from surgery; not sure when that will start, since prednisolone can compromise healing.

 

The mass was 'clogged lymphatics and necrosis'.

 

I suppose it isn't as good as I'd hoped for, but not as bad as what I feared. At least with this, we have a shot at managing it.

Phoebe (Belle's Sweetpea) adopted 9/2/13.

Jack (BTR Captain Jack) 9/28/05--11/2/12
Always missing Buddy, Ruby, and Rascal.

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Well it's better than what a lot of us were thinking. Now that you know what it is you can work to control it. Will still be keeping Jack in our prayers.

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You bet it could have been worse--many of us have trotted down that path before. Please do some research on Budesonide. In my experience ghs handle the budesonide much better than prednisone or prednisolone. Low fat will be a huge benefit--perhaps a novel protein diet too? Don't forget there are other medications that can be added to your current protocol such as azathrioprine. It won't be easy to manage this disease but, with true dedication and a blessing on your shoulder I hope you'll have a long, long stable life with your boy.

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At least you now know what the problem is--much better than not knowing. Enjoy every day you have with your Jack and may you have many. Hugs and scritches for Jack.

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:hope that you are able to manage it and you have many years together.

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Wowser....that's a mouthful. I had to google it to see exactly what it was.

But what I read sounded pretty optimistic for management. Certainly better than no chance at all.

Prayers for you & Jack to find your way.

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Here's hoping it is manageable and you have lots and lots of time together.

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Sending prayers that this is manageable and Jack will have many more years with you.

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Sending good thoughts that you can manage this and have many,many more years together.

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Was hoping for better news, but at least it's manageable. That's great that he likes the new food, I'm sure that's a huge weight off. Hugs to Jack, and to you :)

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You bet it could have been worse--many of us have trotted down that path before. Please do some research on Budesonide. In my experience ghs handle the budesonide much better than prednisone or prednisolone. Low fat will be a huge benefit--perhaps a novel protein diet too? Don't forget there are other medications that can be added to your current protocol such as azathrioprine. It won't be easy to manage this disease but, with true dedication and a blessing on your shoulder I hope you'll have a long, long stable life with your boy.

I asked the vet about budesonide. She said she thought about that, too, but in her consultation with a vet gastroenterologist, they both agreed we had to get this under control FAST, and the prednisolone would work more quickly. Once it's under control we can consider altering the meds, based on Jack's response.

 

Jack likes the low fat food--I swear, he will eat anything :lol, fortunately--but the one day of almost-getting-some-kind-of-shape poop that he had has changed to diarrhea. :( Is this likely just the food change, or is this a sign that his disease is getting worse??

Phoebe (Belle's Sweetpea) adopted 9/2/13.

Jack (BTR Captain Jack) 9/28/05--11/2/12
Always missing Buddy, Ruby, and Rascal.

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It could be the food change, Melissa. Maybe go half and half for a week and see if that serves both needs?

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The vet didn't want me do do that. She was concerned with getting him on the ULTRA low fat diet.

Today he pooped, and it was not so liquidy. Maybe we are making progress.....:dunno

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Jack (BTR Captain Jack) 9/28/05--11/2/12
Always missing Buddy, Ruby, and Rascal.

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Can you add metamucil wafers to his meals for a day or two until he's back on track? They're mostly fiber, and low fat in and of themselves so I think it would be safe to add them, but of course you'd want to check with your vet. I am guessing it's just the diet change.

 

I have to go google because I've never heard of this either, but hoping you have many more years together with just management.

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Can you add metamucil wafers to his meals for a day or two until he's back on track? They're mostly fiber, and low fat in and of themselves so I think it would be safe to add them, but of course you'd want to check with your vet. I am guessing it's just the diet change.

 

I have to go google because I've never heard of this either, but hoping you have many more years together with just management.

I seriously doubt I could give him metamucil. The vet said that all he can have is the ultra low fat rx food. No treats, nothing else. :( fortunately he is happy with a handful of the kibble as a treat.

 

Perhaps this will clear up once he is acclimated to the food. Hopefully. I can't even clean the yard up....it is rather disgusting.

Phoebe (Belle's Sweetpea) adopted 9/2/13.

Jack (BTR Captain Jack) 9/28/05--11/2/12
Always missing Buddy, Ruby, and Rascal.

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Can you add metamucil wafers to his meals for a day or two until he's back on track? They're mostly fiber, and low fat in and of themselves so I think it would be safe to add them, but of course you'd want to check with your vet. I am guessing it's just the diet change.

 

I have to go google because I've never heard of this either, but hoping you have many more years together with just management.

I seriously doubt I could give him metamucil. The vet said that all he can have is the ultra low fat rx food. No treats, nothing else. :( fortunately he is happy with a handful of the kibble as a treat.

 

Perhaps this will clear up once he is acclimated to the food. Hopefully. I can't even clean the yard up....it is rather disgusting.

 

I'm thinking the diarrhea could be due to the food switch. Could you put Forti-Flora or some type of probiotic powder in his new food? That's always helped us during a food switch. You can buy usually it at the vet's office. I keep thinking about Jack and hoping he's on the upswing.

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sending more hugs to you and Jack! :grouphug:hope

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