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Dr Marta Lepes
Dr Marta Lepes, Dog Veterinarian
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My dog has recently gotten over a bout of pancreatitis,

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Hello, my dog has recently gotten over a bout of pancreatitis, kennel cough, and is presently being treated for valley fever. I am making all of his food. It consists of egg whites, chicken or turkey, rice, green beans and cottage cheese. I have noticed that his poop will have pea sized yellowish balls in them. The balls usually come out at the end of his stool. What could the balls be? He is not being fed peas.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I will do my best to help you. I'm reviewing your question now and I will post back to you ASAP.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

I would think that they are the bean seeds from your green bean pods.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

Break one of your green beans and see if what he is passing is the same size as the green bean seeds.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No, they are bigger than that and round not oval.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I am worried it may have something to do with the pancreas
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

How about any supplements he is getting?

You know I've never seen such a thing in the stool of a pancreatic patient. But let me do a quick check with my veterinary sources.

I'll be back in a few minutes.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I haven't given him any supplements.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
The other strange thing is that the balls are grouped together...not spread out within the stool.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

What breed is your dog and age?

Did your dog have an ultrasound to diagnose the pancreatitis?

Some dogs have gall stones or bladder stones from concurrent conditions.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

Are these balls hard and solid. What size are they?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He is a black lab 13 did not get the ultrasound...diagnosed with blood test...truly I haven't touched the balls to see if they are hard but my guess is they would be jelly like, but again not sure, they are about pea size
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He has also recently started throwing up right after he eats. So instead of 4 meals a day a feed him 6 small meals three in the morning and three in the evening. He is taking Fluconazole 350mg for valley fever, 2xs per day.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

Ok, it would be very unlikely to pass a number of gall stones. They are usually single and found in x-rays and ultrasounds.

Bladder stones can be a number of sizes but your dog would not pass them unless he licked up his urine.

Can you take a photo and send it to me?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I will do it tomorrow if that is ok I picked up the poop and through it away. Ewww LOL
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Should be threw not through
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

It is 4:22 pm here in Hawaii. I would love to get a photo. But I wouldn't be able to look at it until 10:00 am my time.

Then I could email you back.

Is that alright with you?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No problem....we were in kuauii in Feb....love it
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

OK, til tomorrow. This is so interesting!

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

Good morning. I'll check my emails from time to time to see if you sent a photo.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Nothing yet��
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

OK

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

Has he had a BM and does it have those balls in it?

If you see them please take a photo.

Also press on one with a disposable spoon and see if it is solid or soft.

And what is his name?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Still no balls�� His name is Blackberry
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 8 months ago.

Thanks for the update.

It is possible that Blackberry (wonderful name) won't pass any more.

I talked with a few colleagues and none of them had ever seen anything with that description. We were all hoping for a picture.

If he still doesn't pass any balls in the next two days we can assume that there win't be any.

Is everything else OK?

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