“Lana is a GSD/American Staffordshire mix. I got her when she was only 8 weeks old and studied up on everything I could about raising a happy, balanced dog. She gets a lot of exercises in her day to day life from playing fetch, swimming, chasing a laser light, and running on old dirt roads behind the car.
This year in February it looked like she had started to lose a bit of weight. Concerned, I took her to the local vet and did a general checkup. According to the vet, she was in peak condition at her age of three. However, her brother, Tucker, needed to lose a few pounds as he was a little chubby for a pupper of one and a half years. So we continued with life as usual.
As time went by she seemed to be losing more and more. We took her back to the vet, where they decided to give her a strong deworming medication. two weeks went by and it seemed she was slowly wasting away before my eyes. Desperate for answers, I went to the vet another town over, where she was prescribed Metronidazole to treat any possible infections like giardia. Another week goes by and My husband went back to the original vet, and was talking to the lady about a possible follow up on worm medication. Another vet passes by asks a few questions about Lana’s eating habits (which became unmanageable as she had scheduled feedings, was eating twice as much as a normal dog, AND getting into people food on the counters and in the trash!) and her poop. Which was as I would describe as soft serve ice cream. He brought up EPI as a possibility and asked for a stool sample. Well, we gave them the sample and they somehow lost it, so I went to two towns over to a vet suggested to me by many other pet owners and immediately requested the blood test for EPI. I threw all of our savings at the appointment, as it was the only way to afford all of the bills we had been accruing.
A little less than a week later, the diagnoses was confirmed. Lana had EPI. The vet suggested buying very expensive food along with an enzyme supplement which would run us at least $400 a month. My heart sank, as I knew there was no way we would be able to afford that. So, we did some research and tried a plant based enzyme, but it didn’t seem to help. In fact, she started eating her own poop after a week! NO!!!
So, I went back to the drawing board and came across Pan-tenex. Pan-tenex has been a literal lifesaver. 20 days Later, and our Lana has gained most of her weight back along with the energy to go on runs and play with her brother. Her poop is normal AND she doesn’t try to eat it! Along with no more behavioral problems concerning people food and the trash. She is once again the Lana we all love and adore, and I finally have peace knowing she is going to be just fine. Thank you, Pan-tenex!”