Sabo and Pancreas Problems
My Sabo is a beautiful sable German shepherd. At about five months I met the owners of the other males in the litter and realized my Sabo was painfully thin compared to the others.
About the same time he started having horrible bouts of diarrhea. I fed him a high quality food (Wolfking) but clearly there was a problem.
I took him to the vet and after doing tests on the poop and blood tests, the vet determined he had pancreatic enzyme insufficiency
. Basically he was not able to absorb or process the nutrients from his food.
The breeder knew he was sick and inquired about him, so I told her. Her response was... Surprising...
This problem is a recessive gene problem, so first the breeder said she knew of no other dogs in the lines with this problem. I pointed out this was recessive then she wanted to take him back (and put him down) and give me a puppy from an upcoming litter. Needless to say that conversation was short-lived and my Sabo is still with me.
He is on prescription food both canned and dry as well as additive for his food. This is working very well he is now 11 months old and weighs 79 pounds. He will always be thin and I will have to always watch is food intake/ output for problems, and get him to the vet if there is a problem.
Doing this for him is routine now and the joy that he gives me is insurmountable. He will be with me for a long life.