Exocirne Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)

If your dog has Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) it basically means there is a progressive loss of digestive enzymes needed for your dog to break down and absorb their food properly.

Symptoms:

  • A gradual wasting away, even though there is a voracious appetite
  • Defecating more frequently
  • Stools are often greasy, voluminous, yellowish cow-plops, but can also be greyish
  • Eating their own stools or other inappropriate substances
  • Increased passing of wind
  • Increased rumbling sounds from the abdomen
  • Experiencing intermittent watery diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Some dogs even display personality changes such as fearfulness or sudden aggression
  • It is also worth noting - not all dogs display the typical signs
  • Common Causes: 

    The causes can be congenital (present from birth), inherited (genetic), or acquired as the result of pancreatic infection, inflammation, or injury. The main cause appears to be a progressive loss of pancreatic cells but chronic pancreatitis can also result in EPI.

    Natural Remedies:

    Whether you feed dry, cooked, or raw food, there are many ingredients that may be added to provide additional benefits for EPI dogs, such as:
    -Coconut Oil
    -Fish (Omega 3 fatty acids)
    -Vitamin E
    -Green Tripe
    -Slippery Elm
    -Alfafa

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