Miss Journey came into rescue back in February with her 6 brothers & sisters and unfortunately, chronic diarrhea. Initially thinking it was a food sensitivity, we tried a few different kinds with no improvement.
Working closely with her vet, it was determined she was positive for giarrdia. After treatment and negative fecal tests, her diarrhea was still not stopping. More food changes, supplements, tests, exams. She was found to have an enlarged intestine so an ultrasound was recommended, which showed irregular kidneys, pancreas, and intestines. More tests and more blood work.
Journey has now been diagnosed with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), possibly a more specific version called Isolated Pancreatic Lipase Deficiency (IPLD). This means her pancreas is not producing the necessary enzymes to digest her food properly, which leads to malnutrition and malabsorption.
This girl has a giant appetite! But she’s not putting on the weight and muscle tone that she needs, as everything passes right through her. The treatment is a specific type of enzymes that is quite costly from the vet, as well as food that fits many different criteria. Unfortunately, we are not yet seeing much of an improvement so now we’re looking at possible food intolerance again.
As you can see, it’s been a long road for Journey. Sometimes it seems like one step forward, two steps back. While her foster mom is determined to figure out the exact formula that works for Journey to get her gaining weight, absorbing nutrients, and being a healthy girl, it’s going to continue being an uphill battle. Luckily, she is a happy go lucky girl that has never shown any signs of pain or discomfort.