My 4yr old silver German Shepard is losing weight and has has diarrea for about six months now. His belly feels full of rumbling gases. Had blood tests taken which show no liver or kidney problems.. dont want to do exploritory surgery, so does anyone have any advise? Process of elimination is starting to point to pancreas problems.. No help from the Vet.. please help b4 its too late.
I'm surprised your vet hasn't given you some ideas for food and meds. Lots of shepards come down with this. Science has a food I/D(irratable bowel) there's also Viokase tablets I believe they use. Check with him and see if this would be of help to your pet.
my moms male shepherd has had on and off bouts of diarrhea. she brought a fecal sample to her vet and had a fecal digestion panel run on it. he did have an insufficiency for which he is on viokase tablets now. shepherds are notorious for irritable bowel syndrome and pancreatic insufficiencies. very easy problem to diagnose and treat.
Seems like blood tests would have shown if it were the pancreas. My friend just took her cat and discovered it had pancreatitis. Could it be some kind of bowel disease. Pets can get that too. I recently had the weight loss and rumbling belly and discovered I had Crohn's disease which is a bowel disease. Not sure if I was any help but....I would suggest taking the dog to another vet willing to work hard on figuring out the problem.
First I would stop feeding anything for 48 hours- water only. This is to give the bowels a rest and heal itself. Have stool checked for everything including Giardia Start him slowly on I/D Prescription Diet from the vet.(or steamed/boiled rice) Buy one huge bag.it does come in wet if the dog is picky.I/D is used in house for this reason. Keep him out door walking on a tight schedule/ every few hours Walking regulates/ stimulates Bowel movements. Check for dehydration- Take a fist full of skin on the back of the dogs neck and twist it hard and let go, it should on its own bounce back into place. If it stays that way even a little the dog is dehydrated. A Vet could just do some sub Q fluids. Which is fluids under the skin. Also The vet does have meds to help with the runny stool. If the pet has other problems like an obstruction or some kind of bowel disease then exploratory is the only way to go.Or the pet will eventually die.