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    First off --- have I told you guys how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my vet??? The man is amazing -- he called today (yep, on a Sunday) to check in to see how 'our girl' was doing and go over the test results that came back from Texas A&M. I can't remember all the medical terms and words he used, but the short of it is.. Banks is in a catch 22, she has extremely low B12 count, which can cause the intestinal issues and the intestinal issues can cause the B12 deficiency. The results also showed a level of bacteria which adds to the intestine problems... round and round it goes.

    So, she is off the raw indefinitely, off the bland diet, and back on kibble which for now is IVD duck and potato -- I want her off potato due to the yeast issues she has so, we are looking for a new kibble and that is turning out to be H-E-double hockey sticks!!! Since she is allergic to chicken and every freakin kibble has some level of chicken in it...meal, broth, etc. this has been a month in the making. I went to a nearby upscale pet store that carries only high end foods... I think I read about 15 bags of food - Fromm, NVI, Wellness, NB, Avoderm -- all had some type of chicken. My vet suggest Science Diet - venison and pea, but I am not thrilled with what I read about SD. He also sells a local brand, Annamaet, which he has not suggested, but I will talk to him about since they make a salmon based grain free kibble with no potato and no chicken stuff.

    Banks is doing great and is off all meds except for an antibiotic, Tylan powder (1/8 of a teaspoon per meal). She will be getting a B12 shot once a week for the next 4 weeks and then test to see where her levels are.

    Here is a picture of Banks (about three years ago) that a local photographer used on a website.

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    she is so beautiful!!!! What about iams? Gregory has issues with allergies and our vet put us on IamsVeterinary Formula Skin & Coat Response KO/Canine. i wasnt super keen on the idea since it doesnt seem to be very high value food but its worth a try. the vet would have to order it in for you. here is whats in it...

    Oat Flour, Kangaroo, Canola Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate [source of Vitamin B1], Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement [source of Vitamin B2], Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [source of Vitamin B6], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid)

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    Banks is beautiful. It sounds like you are getting her on the right track!

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    Banks is so pretty with her freckles!I was reading somewhere that eating can sometimes be caused when a dog is deficit in B12. they eat their own to try to "conserve" what they have. Have you ever had that problem with Banks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LariP View Post
    Banks is so pretty with her freckles!I was reading somewhere that eating can sometimes be caused when a dog is deficit in B12. they eat their own to try to "conserve" what they have. Have you ever had that problem with Banks?
    no, never. She runs away as she finishes her dump... and will not even go near another pile -- she will lift her head to smell it but will not go near it
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    I didn't think the Fromm beef frittata had any chicken in it!! Jake is chicken sensitive so he's on that?? Poor baby! She's so gorgeous Christine! And I agree..your vet is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT View Post
    I didn't think the Fromm beef frittata had any chicken in it!! Jake is chicken sensitive so he's on that?? Poor baby! She's so gorgeous Christine! And I agree..your vet is awesome!
    That was one of the first I read... If I remember right -- it has chicken broth
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    wow, a lot of what Bella's EPI encounters. Low B12 is one of the signs and Tylan for SIBO, which is Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. TAMU also runs the test for EPI, wonder if he was thinking EPI to begin with. Hope Banks is better real soon. Have you looked intpo Danford? They don't sell around here but I am very impressed with ingrediants, they have a surf and turf product and their food is Grain free Glutin Free

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    That was one of the first I read... If I remember right -- it has chicken broth
    Oyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !

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    @JAKEISGREAT -- I am wrong. The store was out of the beef -- I read the surf-n-turf which had chicken fat and the salmon which has chicken something or other
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    @JAKEISGREAT -- I am wrong. The store was out of the beef -- I read the surf-n-turf which had chicken fat and the salmon which has chicken something or other
    ... I felt like a food failure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bella'sMom View Post
    wow, a lot of what Bella's EPI encounters. Low B12 is one of the signs and Tylan for SIBO, which is Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. TAMU also runs the test for EPI, wonder if he was thinking EPI to begin with. Hope Banks is better real soon. Have you looked intpo Danford? They don't sell around here but I am very impressed with ingrediants, they have a surf and turf product and their food is Grain free Glutin Free
    YES... he was suspecting something going on with her pancreas, but that part of the test came back good.
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