Dog Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
My Lhasa Apso dog Chester just had his latest check up with the specialist vet today 1.5 years post diagnosis of his dog exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or EPI condition. His body weight was 8.9 kilograms or just under 20 pounds which the vet was quite pleased with.
All blood test results were satisfactory as well and Chester had no apparent discomfort anywhere. I reported good energy levels and normal appetite as well as bowel movements at home.
So the EPI treatment consisting of Pancrease powder (to replace his natural pancreatic enzyme which is missing), H2 blocker tablets and monthly vitamin B12 shots are working great as Chester is living a pretty normal life now considering he had lost 35% of his body weight back in January 2014 when we finally made a definite diagnosis of EPI.
Although his EPI treatment is lifelong, the medications are not expensive nor are they difficult to administer. So needless to say, we are quite pleased with Chester’s progress.
No Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Symptoms
I did bring up two issues with the vet that I was guessing might be trivial but just wanted to make sure. First, Chester sometimes does a bit of a vocal wimper as he is about to dose off. Although some dogs do this as habit, Chester never did this before at to start now at age 10 did have me concerned. When I check on him to see if he is okay, he just pops his head up like nothing happened.
The vet concluded that this is not a big concern for now but of course I’m to monitor any changes otherwise.
The other issue is that Chester does not seem to want to go out in the back deck balcony these days as he usually just stops at the doorway. I was not sure if he has become a bit heat sensitive due to the warmer weather. His sister Roxie on the other hand still loves to go out there. During the winter, it was the opposite. Maybe Chester just prefers cooler temperatures compared to Roxie but then again on walks, it’s Roxie who seems to overheat first.
So I’m not really sure what to think about this other change in behaviour with Chester but again, the specialist vet did not seem it was that significant as long as Chester seems otherwise happy at home. For walks and outings, Chester does not exhibit this hesitation to go out though (the photos here are of him and his sister Roxie out by Loafer’s Lake in Brampton, Ontario checking out the Canada geese).
So since the specialist vet gave a good bill of health at this point, we will just progress as usual. Chester still loves to play ball with me on a daily basis and never seems to tire of this new game which he really just learned how to do relatively recently. Both Chester and Roxie will have their annual check ups with our general vet later in July.