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8 month GSD not gaining weight!! Any help apreciated!
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Anon_152582 posted:
Our 8 month old german shepherd puppy is not gaining weight. She wasnt at optimal weight when we got her at 4 months, but did put on some weight since weve had her, but not as much as she should have. we have been battling with chronic diarrhea with her as well. She was treated for giardia when we first got her and dewormed. She was spayed about 2 weeks ago and things seemed to get worse which we were told could be "stress related" from the surgery. coat has been shedding more recently too. She recently was tested for EPI, along with having her b12 and folate checked. All came back ok expect her b12 was a on the lower range of normal so b12 shots were recommended. She was given a 14 day supply of mitrondezle (sp?) for any inflammation and has been on a bland diet for about 7 days now. Still no consistent firm stool. She constantly is looking for things to eat outside...poop, sticks, grass, bark,etc. She will not touch her own stools however, but seems as if she actually looks for other dogs stools. I feel like she is so hungry being on rice and chicken for the amount of time she has been on it. She is a very active dog and I dont know what else could be causing these stools and preventing her from gaining weight. At 8 months she now weighs approx 44lbs which makes her look like a starving stray sadly. What else could be the culprit of this? I feel like shes being run in circles and looking for some other explanations... expert advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!
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Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
One of the most frustrating conditions I treat is unresponsive diarrhea. It sounds as though you and your veterinarian are doing a fabulous job of trying to get to the bottom of this issue. Repeat fecal anaylysis, trials with novel protein diets (take to your veterinarian about what constitutes this type of a diet...no treats or snacks when you are using this approach for at least 4 weeks) and/or a referral to a board certified veterinary internist with abdominal ultrasounds, endoscopy and intestinal biopsies may be needed. I wish I could give you a simple, straightforward answer but alas you have ruled out the easy problems at this point. I hope this helps....
Dr. Bernadine


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