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Old 07-01-2014, 09:26 AM
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Thanks for the reassurance I'm slowly feeling more confident in reviewing our data and making decisions.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:08 PM
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Has anyone done a fecal transplant treatment on their dog?

We finally have Mia's diabetes under decent control. She ranges from 110-400 but for a dog with GI issues and anxiety, it works for us. And, she really seems happy and comfortable now which makes me happy.

If we could just get the diarrhea under control, I would be super happy. The vet wants to pursue a fecal transplant instead of the EPI enzymes. The holistic vet wants to do the enzymes. Mia tested negative for EPI. I'm leaning towards the fecal transplant because I can afford it and the enzymes are quite expensive.

Just curious, if anyone else has any experience with a fecal transplant.

And...I did a little happy dance this week...Mia gained 2lbs!!! She's up to 50lbs.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:25 AM
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Just wanted to post that the fecal transplant was a success. The diarrhea is gone Mia's diabetes is pretty managed for her too...most of the time. She's still on the high side but her numbers are more regulated without the big swings. I suspect that she is digesting better and a dose increase is now in order.

Our new issue is severe anxiety. She's always been anxious but it's times 10 now. She's back to panting all night long. It's a different pant this time...seems anxious not a pain pant. She's so loud that she wakes us up 4-5 times a night. My husband is not thrilled.

Over the years, I've tried a Thundershirt, Rescue Remedy, lavender oil, music, massage, and sleeping by her...nothing helps.

I think she is losing her vision and we've had lots of midnight thunderstorms lately.

I'm deciding what to do to get our family functioning again. Medicine could throw off the fecal transplant but her getting more rest is also a good thing...plus, we're a bunch of zombies around here...always tired.

Mia has made great strides though, of which I am very grateful.

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Old 08-25-2014, 08:03 AM
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thats good news

jesses digestive issues were half the battle and once we got that in a better place it did help with her sugar

jesse anxiety issues are neurological due to epilepsy . her trigger is loud sonic booms . the only thing that has worked is treats given wright after the boom . yes the treat can affect her numbers but the anxiety and seizures can do the same

it has taken years with the targeted treats and i would say we have had a 75 percent reduction in anxiety and seizures .

we decided not to give jesse medication and just worked on the behavior side of it . it was a long term thing with no quick results . we just saw slow steady progress not much different from treating diabetes . you just have to be a detective once again . i understand it can be challenging and exhausting at times but i believe you will find an answer it may not be perfect like jesse but finding a way to get things in a more happier state
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Just a thought for research - can dogs take melatonin? I have a granddaughter whom it really helps.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:28 AM
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congrats on the fecal transplant working! I have no idea what to do for the poor baby's anxiety except for prescription meds.
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I found a different type of herbal remedy at my local feed store. It's called HomeoPet Storm Stress. It has really helped Piper with her thunderstorm anxiety (which also came on suddenly, I'm thinking hers was also because of her losing vision in one eye). Here is the website for the one I have: http://www.homeopet.com/storm-stress-k-9-under-20lb-146
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:52 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Dogs can take Melatonin. I haven't tried it yet but I have the dosage. I tried essential oils and they help a little.

Mia has been doing pretty well. She seems happy other than her anxiety at times. Her BG ranges around 250 most days but it can jump to 500 or down to 100. Today is a 500 day. We've kept her dose of insulin the same because we never know when she'll have a GI attack and she drops to 100 then.

I freaked out a little today because she has a big red spot on her chest but the vet thinks it's just a bruise. She fell off my front steps a few days ago. We went on vacation last week and she always gets stressed transitioning back to our house from boarding. She was shaky on her legs the first two days back home. I actually think she likes the vet's office better...no stairs or noisy kids

She's such a sweetheart and I'm grateful for every day she is comfortable.
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Scary when they get bumps. So glad she's ok though, and that her diabetes is pretty stable.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:02 PM
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That's great that you can still board her when you are gone
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