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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!May I ask how old she is? Does she have any gi upset such as vomiting, diarrhea, gas, nausea (licking lips, increased salivation, eating grass)?
Great thank you.I definitely would start with a urinalysis (first morning sample, fresh or refrigerated) as well as basic bloodwork to ensure that there is not a medical reason that is easily treated or managedMy primary concern with a GSD that is not gaining weight at her age despite a healthy no by product organic diet in moderate amounts (4-5 cups daily) is a condition called EPI, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. This is pretty particular for GSD and having owned the breed for 30+ years I do see 1-2 cases a year, including my own dog.Some dogs simply will not show any other symptoms besides lack of weight gain and testing for this is fairly specific. A fasted blood sample is sent to Texas A& M to test for folate, cobalamin, TLI which are enzymes the pancreas helps produce. If low then it means a simple supplement to replace those enzymes essential for digestion.
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