In February, Mario was my first “victim” to go in for his annual vet exam and vaccinations.  This year, I am having titers pulled on all the dogs and a blood screen done so we can get a baseline count of different levels.  The titers revealed he has enough antibodies for immunity from Distemper, Parvovirus, Rabies and leptospirosis.  That was the good news.  The bad news is that his level of Lipase, an enzyme used in digestion, was really high.  This could indicate something as simple as too much fat in the diet or could be as serious as pancreatitis.  Dr. Ladwig did further testing and found that Mario does not have pancreatitis, but he does need to lower the level of fat received from his food.   She advised trying a food from Royal Canin Veterinary Diet called “Gastrointestinal Low Fat”.  i purchased a bag and he’s been on it now for a couple of weeks.  Both he and Shelby have been on restricted diets for close to a year now, but they never seemed to lose weight.  Mario is still overweight for his size.  However, he honestly does feel lighter since being on this food.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  The next victim to go to the vet was Shelby.  I brought her in last Monday and again had titers pulled and blood drawn–quite a bit of blood drawn for baseline screening and for thyroid testing.  Shelby again is overweight like Mario.  Her labs came back that she is fine on the vaccination front and her thyroid test came in at 1.7.  Normal runs from 1 to 4, so she’s on the low end of the spectrum.  I may have her tested in six months if she continues to be overweight despite being on a restricted, low fat diet.  Shelby has also been put on the Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Low Fat food.  Both dogs seem to love it. 

That’s the latest on the dogs.  Harley will be heading to the vet in April and Collin in May.  I’ll keep you posted on the titer results!


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