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I have a question about…exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).
Posted By tdomf_d6e07 On February 11, 2012 @ 11:08 PM In Ask the Vet | 2 Comments
Our now 10 year old female German Shepherd has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). Our dog had very loose stools and started losing weight. Since that time we put her on Pancrezyme and she has seemed to maintain her weight over the next 2 years. Recently though, she is losing some weight, stools are soft, and she has been very itchy. We have increased the amount of her pancrezyme to help her digest her food. How much powder should one give their pet? Is there a possibility of too much and what would the signs be if the dog takes in too much of the powder. In addition, the costs of this product are pretty high and we were wondering if there any major differences in the brands? I found a lady online who spends her life on this topic and packages the Pancreatin powder from the American Laboratories in Nebraska. Can you tell me if obtaining this pancreatin powder is really any different that the name brands. The USP Units for the Lipase, Protease, and Amylase from the lab in Nebraska are very similar to the name brands. Can you give me any advice on whether there are major differences in the products, how much power to give, and whether there are any special foods that will digest easier for our shepherd? I assume diet is more important now than ever… Any information would be extremely helpful…
Bruce & Kay Bostjanick
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