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I've had my dog for seven years now, a rescue dog from the City Dogs Home in Stoke on Trent. When I first had him you wouldn't have thought that there was anything wrong with him, he was full of energy and was in himself like any other dog. I asked the people at the Dogs Home whether they knew why Sandy was a rescue case and basically told me that they didn't. The local Dogs Home operates as a business as opposed to a charity and houses dogs well over the capacity. Basically I will not give them money no more since i have they operate as a charity however I do visit often at Christmas and take the dogs out for walks and give them treats.
After having Sandy for only weeks, I realised that there was something wrong with him. Sandy is a German Shepherd cross, I am not quite sure what he is crossed with and everyone comes up with a different breed when they see him. He is also my best friend. He is medium build dog who is very slender and not built like other German Shepherds. Sandy had problems when he was given food and at first I thought he had a tummy bug or he was just getting used to his new environment, until I found that this continued. I took him to the vets and they advised me that Sandy had a chronic pancreatic insufficency, also known as an Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.
This particular disorder is one which is prone in German Shepherd breeds and also Rough Collies. It is the disorder where the dog is unable to digest food due to the lack of enzymes that are made in the pancreas. The chronic pancreatitis can lead to maldigestion and malabsorption of the nutrients that they require. This is something that can possibly get better in time, or may stay with them for the rest of their lives, as in Sandy's case he has now had it for 7 years.
This particular disorder is not treatable however it can be controlled by Pancreatic Enzyme Products.
Sandy was given Tryplase by Intervet, which amazingly do work with his condition. Tryplase contains three major pancreatic enzymes for digestion of fat, protein and starch in the small intestine. It is used a supplement or replacement therapy for your dog. Tryplase is made up of Amylase, Lipase and Protease, various enzymes.
These tablets come in a green gelatin capsule and contain the enzymes in powder form. The capsules should be opened and dogs should have them two to five times per day and the powder should be spinkled onto the food. You should not give your pet the whole capsule.
These capsules enable the dog to digest their food more easily and in a few words... make them not as reugular going to the toilet.
I have found that these capsules work well with a particular diet. Even though they do help, Sandy is still not allowed to have the likes of tinned meat and has to stick to dried food of the ligt variation which makes it a lot better. Depending on what else you feed your dog does play a vital part in how well this product can work.
There are other variations of this product on the market however I have not tried these and really don't want to take Sandy off them as he has like a relapse and it takes a while to get the disorder controlled once again.
If you dog has been diagnosed with this disorder then I would recommend cancelling any pet insurance that you have as when i tried to claim they didn't want to know purely because it is a kind of dietary condition.
Capsule come in tubs on 100 and 250 and normally cost around £30 for 112 capsules from the vetinary surgeons, however it is a product that can be bought over the internet and I now purchase them for £19 for 100 capsules which last around a month at a time.
I can't believe anyone would be so cruel to put an ill dog on the streets. Sandy is the best companion anyone could have and thanks to Tryplase, he is getting better all the time.