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    Hi everyone, I'm new to this site & am desperate to see if anyone else has encountered this problem. My daughters 1year old male bulldog suddenly started having severe diarrhoea she has been back & forth to her vets for almost 2 weeks as antibiotics were not working & he has lost ALOT of weight. The vet is now saying that he thinks he has enteropathy, his protein levels are very very low. The vet has taken a biopsy which he says the results will be back in a couple of days & he has also been given b12 jabs. Please can anyone help? Has anyone experienced this? She is devastated at the thought of losing her "baby" x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolene94 View Post
    Hi everyone, I'm new to this site & am desperate to see if anyone else has encountered this problem. My daughters 1year old male bulldog suddenly started having severe diarrhoea she has been back & forth to her vets for almost 2 weeks as antibiotics were not working & he has lost ALOT of weight. The vet is now saying that he thinks he has enteropathy, his protein levels are very very low. The vet has taken a biopsy which he says the results will be back in a couple of days & he has also been given b12 jabs. Please can anyone help? Has anyone experienced this? She is devastated at the thought of losing her "baby" x
    Sorry to hear about this - My Tyson had this as well. Inflammation of the intestines. Is she currently feeding him a bland diet? I would start there - boiled chicken or hamburger & rice. I would also add water to the food so that he stays hydrated, that is very important. The other thing I would reccomend is a probiotic and ASAP. Do you know if she is currently giving him any sort of probiotic? I'm not sure what you have access to in the UK - but I started Tyson on this: which I picked up at our local natural pet store, and I saw improvement in almost a day or two.
    -microflora-jpg
    This won't hurt him at all, it goes in and re-establishes the good bacteria his body needs to help fight off the bad. This will also help his body absorb the protein from the food. And it should help with his diarrhea. I would try to get something like this ASAP if he' isn't on it now, and start it immediately. I hope & pray that all goes well! We'd love for you to keep us updated on his progress.

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    Diagnosing protein-losing enteropathy
    Certain tests need to be performed to rule out PLE:

    • Complete blood count (CBC) to look at the white and red blood cells and platelets
    • Chemistry panel to look at the kidney, liver, and protein levels
    • Electrolytes to look at the calcium, phosphorous, and salt balance (e.g., sodium and potassium)
    • Urinalysis to look for the loss of protein from the kidneys, called protein-losing nephropathy
    • Fecal exam (to rule out intestinal parasites)
    • X-rays of the chest and abdomen to rule out evidence of heart disease, fungal infections, cancer or abnormal fluid accumulation
    • Abdominal ultrasound to measure the size of the intestines and look for evidence of increased lymph nodes, foreign bodies, cancer, etc.
    • Endoscopy to biopsy the stomach, intestines, and rectum (although full-thickness biopsies [which require surgery] are typically necessary to rule out certain types of disease like lymphangiectasia)
    • Surgical exploratory to evaluate all the organs and perform multiple, full-thickness biopsies

    Treatment of protein-losing enteropathy
    Depending on the results of these tests, treatment often includes deworming (for parasitic infections), antiulcer medication (if gastric ulcers are present), chronic prednisone (for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease), dietary changes to a hypoallergenic or select protein diet for inflammatory bowel disease), procedures to remove the fluid from the chest or abdomen (e.g., thoracocentesis or abdominocentesis), vitamin supplementation, or even surgery.
    Even with aggressive treatment, PLE can dramatically shorten the lifespan of your dog. Untreated, PLE can be fatal. When it comes to PLE, the sooner you and your veterinarian identify it, the sooner your dog can begin treatment.
    If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
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    @Jolene94

    I forgot to ask you this - have then done xrays & ultrasounds on his belly to make sure he hasn't eaten anything? Like a foreign object? Something foreign can cause enteropahty - Tyson eating socks - caused it. Just forgot to mention that in last post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    Sorry to hear about this - My Tyson had this as well. Inflammation of the intestines. Is she currently feeding him a bland diet? I would start there - boiled chicken or hamburger & rice. I would also add water to the food so that he stays hydrated, that is very important. The other thing I would reccomend is a probiotic and ASAP. Do you know if she is currently giving him any sort of probiotic? I'm not sure what you have access to in the UK - but I started Tyson on this: which I picked up at our local natural pet store, and I saw improvement in almost a day or two.
    -microflora-jpg
    This won't hurt him at all, it goes in and re-establishes the good bacteria his body needs to help fight off the bad. This will also help his body absorb the protein from the food. And it should help with his diarrhea. I would try to get something like this ASAP if he' isn't on it now, and start it immediately. I hope & pray that all goes well! We'd love for you to keep us updated on his progress.
    Hi & thankyou
    Yes X-rays & ultra sounds have been done & nothing showed up... The diarrhea is very severe & he has lost so much weight his backbone is protruding, she has tried him with chicken & rice & also fish, he still has his appetite but nothing is staying in his stomach we are so so worried . Thankyou for pro biotic tip telephoning pet stores now to see if they stock any food like it x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolene94 View Post
    Hi & thankyou
    Yes X-rays & ultra sounds have been done & nothing showed up... The diarrhea is very severe & he has lost so much weight his backbone is protruding, she has tried him with chicken & rice & also fish, he still has his appetite but nothing is staying in his stomach we are so so worried . Thankyou for pro biotic tip telephoning pet stores now to see if they stock any food like it x
    Poor baby. By the way, the probiotic is a pill or powder. Its not a food. You are going to add it to his food. These that I posted are pills - if he does well with pills you can give it that way or you can open the capsule and mix in with food. Ask for any probiotic, with digestive enzymes in it as well.The combo of the two will be even better. If you can find some today, add it to his next meal. Also if you have access to plain regular canned pumpkin. Add a bit to the chicken/rice bland diet. **keep him hydrated - whatever it takes, ice, water, water in food, coconut water** that is very critical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolene94 View Post
    Hi & thankyou
    Yes X-rays & ultra sounds have been done & nothing showed up... The diarrhea is very severe & he has lost so much weight his backbone is protruding, she has tried him with chicken & rice & also fish, he still has his appetite but nothing is staying in his stomach we are so so worried . Thankyou for pro biotic tip telephoning pet stores now to see if they stock any food like it x
    You have been given some great advice by @TyTysmom and @Manydogs … I just wanted to add that they can do a barium x-ray, and we have had members that had this done and it showed that their bully actually had something in their stomach/intestines. @bullmama

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    Thankyou, will try anything at the moment. He has been in the vets since Saturday & still isn't getting any better, they are letting him come home for a couple of days until his biopsy results come back, my daughter is picking him up as we speak. I spoke to the vet earlier & he was saying that the outlook isn't looking great totally devastated doesnt even come close.. Keeping everything crossed that some kind of miracle will happen x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolene94 View Post
    Thankyou, will try anything at the moment. He has been in the vets since Saturday & still isn't getting any better, they are letting him come home for a couple of days until his biopsy results come back, my daughter is picking him up as we speak. I spoke to the vet earlier & he was saying that the outlook isn't looking great totally devastated doesnt even come close.. Keeping everything crossed that some kind of miracle will happen x
    I am SO SORRY sending you guys LOTS of prayers, and please keep us posted!!!

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    Thankyou, he has already had the barium done & X-rays & ultrasounds, absolutely nothing showed up. He has had an endoscopy & that's what biopsy results we are waiting for, should be back within 48hrs as vet has requested urgent. X

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    Thankyou & yes I will x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolene94 View Post
    Thankyou, he has already had the barium done & X-rays & ultrasounds, absolutely nothing showed up. He has had an endoscopy & that's what biopsy results we are waiting for, should be back within 48hrs as vet has requested urgent. X

    - - - Updated - - -
    Get him on the probiotics ASAP - we are all praying for him, what is his name?

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