Well, a couple weeks ago, I posted on here about Tyson's vet trip for his bobble head and the discovery that his lipase was so high (in the 3000 and 1800 is the max level on the test). He went for his follow up yesterday and when the vet got this trip's results, the levels were in the 4000!!!
Thing is, Tyson is FINE health wise and acting. He has appropriate energy and he is eating and he's not vomiting or having diarrhea. He's not drinking excessively. The vets are dumbfounded. They first wanted to put him on Vitamin B supplements, then changed their minds. Then they gave us some Pancrezyme tablets to give him. We're supposed to give him two in the morning and two at night. It is supposedly an enzyme supplement to aid digestion. They also changed his diet to a prescription dog food, Purina EN, which is supposed to be more easily digestable. Michael feels SOOOOOOO guilty because we had been feeding him Kibbles and Bits (yes yes I know, I know, so you know, you don't have to tell me). We had tried him on Blue Buffalo and a few other dogs foods but he ate that the best and we also feed our outside dog that. So Michael feels AWFUL because he finally looked it up and saw how bad it was for him (I tried to tell him...) and that it was basically not only full of corn and by products but full of SUGAR and can cause pancreatitis. He was so upset last night. I told him not to worry about it, that we'll change the dog food and it will be ok. Of course, Tyson loves the Purina EN (good!) and it's like $50 for 18lbs.
The diet change is a big plus of course and we're sticking with that for now. But the curious issue that I'm wondering if you all have experienced is the fact that even though his lipase is HIGHLY elevated he has absolutely zero symptoms or health issues that should be showing up. He is a healthy 61lbs, 24 inches tall. He's muscular, runs, plays, is happy. No vomiting, diarrhea. Healthy appetite, healthy thirst. We don't really want to give him the pancrezyme tablets...
I'm worried about doing things that might make him sick. Hard to explain what I mean but you know how you might feel fine and go in for a physical and the dr finds something that may or may not be an issue but pursues it and then you feel like crap? Well, I don't want to do that to our little boy. But at the same time, I don't want to NOT do something that might help him.
We're considering just starting with the diet change and then going in for a follow up again before we start the tablets too?
As for the bobble head...he's still having it. The vet wants us to keep a diary of when it happens, what he's doing before hand, what seems to help it, etc so that he can track a pattern, or lack of a pattern. There is a theory that it could be glucose related (though his sugar has always been fine in the blood panels). Michael and I are hoping that getting him off the crap dog food might make it stop...if the food is that high in sugar, he may be having glucose episodes?
I just don't know what course of action to take I guess. Obviously, we want him to be healthy (duh) but we don't want to push him into feeling bad by giving him stuff he doesn't need? Its like, we would've never known the lipase was high if we hadn't gone to get him checked for the bobble head. They did a mini panel to check his liver function and glucose and thyroid and they saw his lipase was elevated. The vet said maybe his lipase has always been high. Has anyone else ever had experience with this issue and what did you do?