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Old 03-10-2017, 02:24 PM   #1
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When Sir Moose had the benign tumor removed 2 weeks ag yesterday (we didn't know it was benign until biopsy report came in) we had the pre surgery blood work down and it was found that his liver enzymes were 4 times normal. Also white blood count was below normal.

He was put on Royal Canin Hepatic kibble and canned and a drug to work on his gall bladder called Ursodiol. No people food at all. Just those two foods and drug (oh, he could take his cosequin). He had lost 10 pounds between the first of Dec. and Feb. 23. He had not been eating well and seemed to stop eating a food after only a few days.

Well, he was in a cone, of course, but only took him 3 days to get the stitches out of his foot--he figured out very fast how to get at that foot even with cone on. and he does not like this hepatic food at all. I can only manage to get him to eat about a cup a day (normal for him was 2 1.2 cups of food a day) He has not eating ONE KIBBLE from a dish. I actually have to put 3- in his mouth, he chews them and then he will et 3-4 hand fuls from my hand. Then he walks off. I formed meatballs out of his canned and he will eat 2-3 of them, then walk off. I have to offer him food 6-7 times a day to get him to eat a cup of it.

He had his 2 week check today (foot is great) and he had lost another 2 pounds, which isn't quite as much as I would have thought. As for his blood work, a little4 better news. His liver enzyme report was a little better--3 times the normal where it had been 4, and his white BC was normal. All else was normal.

We are going another 2 weeks and see how things work out. There is the possibility fo Cushings, but he just doesn't have the symptoms you would expect. Except for the not wanting to eat and elevated liver enzymes, he is acting normal--usual amount of drinking and peeing, normal stools, tho smaller since he doesn't eat as much. he wants his morning walks and since he gets to pic the route, usually picks the longest one. He carries on conversations with any dog that barks. He tears across the yard if he sees one of those feral cats or possum on the fence at night.
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Glad to hear that he's doing better. Hope he continues to do so.
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I am so glad he is doing better! It wouldn't hurt a lot of us to eat less either lol
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I'm glad to hear he is doing better but how frustrating that he doesn't like his food. Hopefully, he will come around to it and in the meantime he does sound like he is enjoying himself.
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So pleased to hear he is doing well. It's such hard work when they won't eat what you offer them.

Fingers crossed his levels keep dropping. As they do hopefully he will get his appetite back.

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Thanks all. We had to resort to giving him appetite stimulants to try to get him to eat more than a couple of bites and day--and that didn't work. He will eat everything but the food he is suppose to eat. I had taken all his treats from the treat jar to make sure my sons or grandkids didn't slip up and give him some--they always do and he expects it. I filled a tupperwear canister and had some left over so put in a quart zipper bag and put it on a shelf in the wash room. I have shelves in there I ue as spare pantry. Well, he found that bag, tore it open and ate every treat out of it. But he will refuse that dog food all day long.

He did not eat but about 1/4 cup of food day before yesterday and not much more than the day before. His ribs can be clearly felt along with his spine and other bones. Finally we decided we had to have to feed him some people food. I had some turkey stew in the freezer, got out a container of it and mixed some with his food last night, and he ate almost every bite.

The hepatic food is real low in copper so I have stu;died up on what human foods is low in copper, and also a few on the TGPR forum on FB have told me about their dogs with similar problems, with liver and some even sent home cooked recipes, etc. So I know the ground turkey, apples, but the sweet potatoes do have higher cooper. I will cook more stew using the recipe from others who dog's are on low copper. I don't think my vet will agree with this, but Sir Moose HAS to eat.
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