PrairieProf Posted January 15, 2016 Share Posted January 15, 2016 (edited) Well, dammit. Cocoa has been having some intermittent loose poop and digestive issues since a night at Christmas where she threw up and clearly felt sick. Actually, she started showing some signs of digestive distress around Thanksgiving, but we assumed it was from the doxycycline she was on as part of her attempted treatment for presumed discoid lupus (and it may have been). The night Cocoa got sick I was very afraid she might have pancreatitis, as I'd been giving her a good dose of fish oil for the discoid lupus, and some coconut oil too, on top of her Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream. I took her in as soon as the vet opened the next day and among other things we did a cPL test for pancreatitis which was negative. Cocoa got over the immediate crisis and was on canned prescription I/D for a few days, transitioning back to the TOTW. She was on metronidazole most of this time too. She seemed more or less OK -- she stayed with friends for a week over New Years so I didn't get to check on her -- though her poop was not as good as it had been. It has continued not great (in contrast to having been fine before all these troubles started). I told my vet I wanted a TLI test, which is what had diagnosed my Beth with near-acute-level pancreatitis years ago. Did five more days of metronidazole. In the mean time I put her on I/D kibble as well as canned, as Beth had done wonderfully on that for years (and Cocoa's poop immediately improved). Today I called to get the result of the TLI test. When my vet came on, he said the level indicated acute pancreatitis! He didn't know why the cPL had been negative before. So we are continuing the I/D and another course of metronidazole. Beth never had any further problems once she was switched to a low-fat diet and had amazing coat and great general condition on I/D for the rest of her life, so I'm hoping for the same for Cocoa (I know I don't have to stay with I/D forever, but that's a decision for another day; it worked so well for Beth I never wanted to change). Although it is going to be big problem if she can't have fish oil, since that's one of the mainstays of treatment for autoimmune disease, and it makes me feel a little panicky. Meanwhile -- OMG, TWO unrelated dogs have gotten pancreatitis on TOTW and fish oil, which seems like such a mainstream, healthy combo!! Cocoa had seemed to have much more robust digestion than Beth before all this; she never had a poop problem before Christmas. I'm not especially seeking advice (although I'm sure I'll get some!), but I did want to alert people to what has happened. FWIW my vet said he sees way more cases of pancreatitis among dogs now than ten years ago or so, and he thinks it's the foods people are feeding. Edited January 15, 2016 by PrairieProf Quote With Cocoa (DC Chocolatedrop), missing B for Beth (2006-2015)And kitties C.J., Klara, Bernadette, John-Boy, & Sinbad Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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