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|02-16-2017, 10:07 AM||#1|
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Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Urbana, IL USA
New article on treating PLE (protein-losing enteropathy) in Yorkies.
Here is a new research article about treating PLE in Yorkies by diet only (no immunosuppressive drugs). The preliminary results are promising. The article is probably behind a paywall, but I'll copy the abstract below:
Dietary management of presumptive protein-losing enteropathy in Yorkshire terriers - Rudinsky - 2017 - Journal of Small Animal Practice - Wiley Online Library
To describe the clinical outcome of dietary management of Yorkshire terriers with protein-losing enteropathy without immunosuppressive/anti-inflammatory medications.
Records were searched for Yorkshire terriers with hypoalbuminaemia and a clinical diagnosis of protein-losing enteropathy that were managed with diet and without immunosuppressive/anti-inflammatory medications. Serum albumin changes were compared using a one-way repeated measures ANOVA. Canine chronic enteropathy clinical activity index scores were compared using a Wilcoxon signed-rank test.
Eleven cases were identified. Clinical signs were variable including: diarrhoea, respiratory signs, vomiting, lethargy and weight loss. Diets fed included home cooked (n=5); Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Low Fat (n=4); Hill's Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat (n=1); or Purina HA Hypoallergenic (n=1). Clinical signs resolved completely in eight dogs, partially resolved in two dogs and failed to respond in one dog. In dogs that responded, albumin significantly improved from baseline (mean 14·9 g/L, sd ±3·7), at 2 to 4 weeks (mean 24·2 g/L, sd ±5·5, P=0·01), and at 3 to 4 months (mean 27·0 g/dL, sd ±5·9, P=0·01).
These results indicate that dietary management of protein-losing enteropathy is a potential management strategy in Yorkshire terriers. Randomised clinical trials in Yorkshire terriers with protein-losing enteropathy are necessary to compare success rate, survival and quality of life with dietary management versus combined dietary and immunosuppressive/anti-inflammatory therapy.
Last edited by pstinard; 02-16-2017 at 10:11 AM.
|02-16-2017, 01:59 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: NJ, USA
Wow, that's what my Micky had (passed away 7 yrs ago April). We did a combo of traditional and holistic medicines, which I do believe prolonged his life (we were told when their bellies fill up with fluid that was the end; he lived 1.5 years beyond that).