August 22, 2008
We finally have a diagnosis for Abbey. Woo Hoo! She definitely has EPI (see link in semi-productive post below). Basically it means that her pancreas doesn't work, and she therefore lacks the enzyme she needs to digest food. The vet says the normal range for the blood work is 5-35. Abbey was 0.4 which makes it quite clear. So Abbey will have to be on medicine for the rest of her life, but that should control all her symptoms and things should go back to "normal". Right now we're starting her on one med (a cheap one by the way :) while the vet shops around for the better med since they don't carry it. It might sound funny, but I'm so happy that the test came back positive. This was probably one of the best things that could have been wrong. We go back in two weeks to see how she's doing and adjust her meds accordingly. I'm so relieved that we're on track to make her better.