I am updating my article on the usefulness of the SDMA kidney test.
If your vet  has followed SDMA levels in your pet, perhaps you would 
share those values with me. RSH email

December 13, 2017

Hi there,

I have an elderly male mini schnauzer who has always been a voracious eater but in the last year or so he has become less so. Throughout his life he has eaten Solid Gold dry food but I have now tried about everything: ten different kinds of canned food, “Fresh Pet,” and recently I have been cooking chicken and rice for him. In the last ten days or so his refusing food has become [] alarming.  Some days he doesn’t eat at all.
He also suffers from heart disease, for which he takes benazepril and Pimobendan and [he has] dementia. I read up on the drugs he takes and called my vet to ask if they could be contributing to his loss of appetite (though the start of the decline predated the drugs). I am also aware that dementia comes with changes in eating habits.  I was thinking that dropping the drugs to see if he regained his appetite might be worthwhile; there’s not much point in forestalling heart failure if he starves himself to death.  My vet agreed with this strategy but when I asked if she had any other ideas she said she had just been reading about Entyce but that she hadn’t tried it yet. I picked some up and gave it to him at about 4:30, by 7:00 he was eating everything in sight.  I have kept (small) bowls filled with several different options for him in hopes something would “entice” (see what I did there?) him.  He had eaten two bowls and was on the third !  I actually took it away for a while so he wouldn’t just make himself sick with too much all of a sudden.
Anyway, I couldn’t imagine that it could work that quickly …so I went to the web and found your article.  A few hours, huh?  That is my experience and I am thrilled !  I will be very interested to see if it also helps with some of his dementia symptoms but even if it just ensures that he eats it’s a big improvement.
Thanks for filling in some of the gaps for me it was helpful to know more about the drug.  I will be doing regular bloodwork to watch for any of the side effects you noted.

J.I., Jacksonville, Florida

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December 1, 2017

I have been using Entyce with my 17 YEAR old dog, Jones, for the last week. He developed chronic gastritis last year and had lost his desire to eat. I give Entyce at 2:30pm and by 3:30 he is hungry. He continues to show appetite for up to 8 hours later but by morning is no longer interested in eating. I am considering moving up the time when I administer Entyce. Since he is on a very limited diet due to the gastritis and food and fat reactivity, the food itself held no interest to him. Before Entyce he would spit out his food if I tried to feed him. Now he gobbles his food and asks for more. It will definitely extend his life. He is an extremely active old dog and now he can eat. It is wonderful to see him interested in food again.

M@aol.com , Northeastern Ohio