Thanks to those who asked about Tux
, it is very appreciated. He has been closely monitored since this started, he lost weight as well as muscle mass and won't gain any. He was at 42 lbs three weeks ago and he is on the same weight, despite eating up to 5 times a day.He was 49 lbs before this started.Yesterday I got the results back from a check blood panel that covered about everything there is to cover, to see what the Prednisone is doing and what is going on. His regular vet is happy with the results, especially the protein levels and the only thing that is "off" is his liver levels which are slightly higher than normal. The vet says it is the result of the Prednisone, but given the rest of the results we lowered the dosage to 5 mg once a day (we were at 5mg in AM and 5 mg in the PM the past two weeks) and continue the Famotidine to try to avoid stomach ulcers. We might switch to budesonide if steroids continue to be be needed, which might have less side effects than the Pred.There have been no vomiting since he came home from the hospital the last time.
I switched his regular probiotics and gastro supplements to Standard Process Canine Enteric Support and continue his salmon oil intake, plus his dry low fat kibble (Horizone Amicus) and home made diet.He broke a tooth last Friday, during a sonic boom, but cannot be put under for extraction at the moment, since his intestine issues might flare up. He is eating okey, but that tooth might require extraction at some point.Some of his problem behaviors have been more intense after his stay at the hospital, which I expected. He is glued to my side even more than he was, and on a constant hunt for anything there is to eat.
This was him about two weeks ago:
SonnysMomma wrote:Val, are they ruling out pancreatitis? What are they thinking is going on? I've read through the thread but haven't really seen what they wee saying at this point.
He had an episode of pancreatitis for sure, but his canine pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity test was normal shortly after. The diagnosis, with all the biopsies and test ran after that, remains inflammatory bowel disease.