We are pleased to announce that the ACVIM has created an EPI Fact Sheet for internists, vets and the general public. This EPI Fact sheet resides on the ACVIM website:
and then the actual EPI Fact Sheet URL is at:
PLEASE.... if you have any questions or concerns about possible EPI in your pet, check out this fact sheet...It not only covers the basics, it also explains some of the details that are missed when trying to properly diagnose and/or treat an EPI patient. It explains how important B12 is, how half of all dogs now being diagnosed with EPI are NOT GSDs, but other breeds. It explains about how low fiber foods tend to work better in many cases, it explains about dealing with SIBO (or SID small intestinal dysbiosis) and it explains the enzymes. Basically how to treat the entire dog for optimal results.
ALSO.... if you / your vet is having difficulty getting optimal results from the proper treatment.... the ACVIM also offers a list of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Board-certified Specialist in your area !
Definitely worth checking out and sharing with your vet!
Thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of this EPI community, for sharing your time, observations and EPI experiences with others. Because of each of you, epi4dogs has evolved into a well-respected all-encompassing EPI resource center and support group. ONLY because of your support, epi4dogs was able to attend the ACVIM FORUM and meet so many wonderful internal medicine vets that appreciate what we are doing, who send their EPI care-givers to our site for support and are very interested in working with us and using our EPI Registry in possible future clinical studies/trials. None of this would be possible with out each of you
So although words don't even come close to expressing what an amazing difference each of you have made in the lives of so many..... please accept these humble words.... THANK YOU!
We are very pleased that epi4dogs was invited to attend the
2012 ACVIM Forum in New Orleans
This was a great opportunity to bring better awareness of EPI4dogs resources to the internal veterinarian medicine community and to let this community know that we provide a support group for EPI clients. In addition, this was a great venue to share Dr. Clark's EPI Genetic Research and to let researchers know we now have an EPI Registry to assist with future clinical trials.
Funding sources for the ACVIM event:
$1,000 from epi4dogs "EPI AWARENESS" portion of the 2012 calendar sales
$ 907 from EnzymeDiane "EPI Bandanna" sales
$ 250 a very gracious donation from ButterBean's family, Susan & Darlene
$ 101 funds left over from last years AVMA trip
$ 224 various donations to epi4dogs "EPI AWARENESS" portion over the past 9 months
$ 38 funds from Alyssa's "EPI bracelets & charms" sales
$2,250 funds available for ACVIM event
ACVIM event expenses:
($0) Airline ticket for EnzymeDiane donated by Addie's mom, Kelli
$284 Airline ticket for Olesia (epi4dogs) paid by ACVIM funds
$20 Long-term Airport pkg (Olesia)
$20 Long-term Airport pkg (Diane)
$573 Room accommodations for EnzymeDiane - 3 days
$763 Room accommodations for epi4dogs - 4 days
$76 Shuttle to & from Hotel (Diane)
$66 Taxi to & from Hotel (Olesia)
($400) ACVIM booth fee waived by ACVIM
($1000) ACVIM attendee entrance fee waived by ACVIM
($0) used EPI Brochures we had on hand
($0) used all the materials (photos/banners, etc) created, designed & printed last year
$130 Diane purchased back drop wall (booth) set up frame
$100 Ofc Max for printing multiple EPI handouts, laminating add'l pictures
$16 prep for EPI wine basket auction & raffle basket
$30 2 Corrugated Displays forms and packing tape
$29 FedEx shipping supplies to New Orleans (epi4dogs)
$27 FedEx shipping booth setup to New Orleans (EnzymeDiane)
$33 FedEx return shipping supplies (epi4dogs)
$30 FedEx return shipping setup (EnzymeDiane)
$68 Dinner with Dr. Williams
($0) Diane & Olesia personally paid for all dinner expenses for 3-4 nights
($0) Any and all other expenses were also paid for personally by Olesia & Diane
in photo above is (L to R) Olesia, Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, Dr. David Williams, Diane
In attendance at our booth #7:
Dr. David A. Williams, MA Vet MB PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ECVIM-CA, Developer of the TLI test for EPI, Gastrointestinal Consultant at Texas A&M http://vetmed.tamu.edu/gilab/staff
Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, PhD., Ass't Professor Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University SC. (EPI Geneticist)
Diane Sloan of EnzymeDiane http://www.enzymediane.com/
Olesia Kennedy of epi4dogs http://www.epi4dogs.com/
What a great experience!!!
We met so many wonderful internal medicine vets and researchers that were very appreciative and interested in the resources that we have to offer. Quite a few were surprised that our purpose is solely as an informational EPI resource for vets and pet owners and as a support group for EPI caregivers. But, on the flip side what surprised me even more is that many internal medicine vets already knew of us and came up to tell us how much they appreciated our EPI community, our efforts, resources and that they have sent many of their EPI caregivers to our site for support!
The one most stand out comment we received over and over again is how much the specialists appreciate that we, as an EPI community, understand and share with owners of newly diagnosed EPI patients that not all EPI patients respond equally the same to treatment and that sometimes there may be quite a degree of variance until the right balance of treatment is worked out for the individual patient.
Also what is greatly appreciated is that we at epi4dogs highly recommend that members please print whatever we suggest and share with their vet.
The one thing we have to fix though is the "grain-free" food terminology...it really is all about finding an appropriate diet for the individual EPI patient with the main concern being fiber - - but therein lies the conundrum....first we need to suggest an acceptable percentage of the fiber content (which we do 4% or less), then what needs to understood is what type of fiber is best for the patient whether it is soluble or insoluble and how much of each (and it gets even MORE convoluted).... because then what also has to be considered is how much fermentable or poorly fermentable fiber should be used.
In short, the term "grain-free" is simply a marketing lingo the dog food companies have coined and it can be very mis-leading.... so, even though dog food labeled "grain-free" most often works best and it is easiest for us to identify when shopping, we really need to be able to better define what it really is so we better understand what to look for.
The best example i can give right now of how the term "grain-free" can be mis-leading is that a food might be made with potato... but the reason why one brand might be tolerated better than another brand is (for example) one might use just the inside of a potato (good fiber) and be agreeable, while another brand may use the whole potato including the skin (bad fiber), which may not be as readily tolerated...... SO it is not really about grain, but rather the fiber from grain AND what type of fiber from non-grain products also. I obviously will need some time to work on this .
OUR SILENT AUCTION ITEM
Box of epi4dogs "For the Love of Dogs" wine showcased with Susan's "Butterbean"
to see the complete list..... please go to http://www.acvim.org/websites/forum2011/index.php?p=589
One of New Orleans famous trolley's...
Street view of downtown New Orleans at night
An artist's memorial of Hurricane Katrina