Update- Good news
Talked to the vet this afternoon. Basically, since the test only showed elevated amylase and NOT lipase, liver values or anything else abnormal, apparently it is NOT indicative of a problem, at least not in dogs. My vet said she spoke with someone at Iowa State who confirmed it.
As of now, Jibini is doing MUCH better. Stools are normal, he's gaining weight and his activity level is way up. As long as this continues, I won't worry about it much. We'll have another blood test done next year, of course. We'll do it sooner if he goes downhill again, at all.
I'm seriously thinking the culprit HAD to be a bad bag of food- because Jibini's diarrhea went away the very same day I opened a new bag. I am thinking Blue Buffalo may have changed their formula or something….or perhaps Jibini has just developed an intolerance after being on it for 3-4 years, or maybe he's getting older & less able to digest it. I am looking at other brands of food- I'd like to find something I can obtain without driving 120 miles to Sioux Falls....and my options are limited unless I want to shop at a pet store that sells puppies :/. I could do mail-order food but I really prefer not to, if I can avoid it.
I may just make the switch to raw; but I've got some homework to do! I'll be posting a question in the food section to see if anyone knows anything about Blue Buffalo- I find it odd that Jibini's illness coincided with Blue's packaging redesign, their release of several "new formulas" at Petsmart, and their TV commercials. Something is fishy here....and since Blue Buffalo has not responded to my inquiry I am going to pick y'alls brains!
Thanks again everyone for your concern. Jibini and I appreciate it very much!!