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Lanie Kenning
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Not sure where to post this.  I just want to let you, the people who might remember me from years ago, that my Milo went to the Rainbow Bridge last night.  He was ten years old and we had been together nine years.  I've had several dogs in my long life, but Milo was the very best.  All who met him loved him, and he never met a stranger.  Milo was such a well-behaved and well-mannered gentleman.  I'm old and now I am alone.  I can't put into words how much I miss him.  I hope I will die soon.  I don't want to die alone and I have no one.  Milo was my best and only friend.  

Dealing with EPI was a challenge, but I never gave up.  Having Milo with me made all the challenges worth it.  When I got Milo from a shelter, I had no idea he had EPI.  But with the help and support of so many of you, we weathered the storms and Milo eventually became stable and stayed that way for eight of the nine years.  So don't give up on your fur-babies.  Hang in there and pray that soon there will be a cure.  Milo's death had nothing to do with EPI; he had developed a problem in his larynx and died of respiratory failure--here at home on the living room floor.  Saturday night and no vet available.  He weighed 70 pounds and I was not able to put him in the car to take him to the emergency vet, so I stayed next to him and watched as he took his last breath.  I hope I never have to experience anything like this again.  I write this through my tears. Thank you for letting me share this with you.  

R.I.P. dear Milo.  Sweet dreams.  I will never forget our good times and how you enriched my life.


Lanie Kenning (formerly Lanie Russell) Kansas City, MO

Rescued by Milo in 2008.  He is a Border Collie - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog mix -- Border Collie "smarts" but calm iike a Swissie. Dx EPI in March 2009 - .04 cTLI - plus SID.  Food is Natural Balance L.I.D. - combination of sweet potato & venison and sweet potato & bison.  Weight fluctuates between 72 & 75 lbs.  Milo is handsome, sweet, and easy to live with.

February 4, 2018 at 10:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Lanie, my heart goes out to you for the loss of your Milo. God speed Milo.

   Jill-  Washington State

Mickey 6/21/99 - 8/29/2014 

17.5 lb  jack russell, chronic pancreatitis, hyperuricosuria,high blood pressure, hypothyroid, spinal stenosis

diet of  hard boiled eggs, macaroni,  RC Hepatic, mashed potato

2 #2 Dianes enzymes 6x premeal

 2.5 mg Amlodipine, .15mg soloxine am/pm, 100mg ursodiol started for gall bladder thinning

arthritis:  6.25mg tramadol 1x/day, 12.5mg gabapentin every 12 hrs,  Assisi soft loop used on back and elbow, 1- 540meq potassium citrate nightly

Denamarin once a day, 1/16 t tylan (150mg)  2x/day ,  Senilife started 12/14/13, Trixsyn sirup for arthritis, .1mg Adequan weekly by shot. 75mg Tylan 2x./day for SIBO

Optimmune for Dry eyes

 Kiya is Mickeys sister, 3/4 aussie, 1/4 blue heeler born 9/2006.  She thinks she is a 44 lb jack russell who tries to heel Mickey!!

TJ is the newest addition.  He is in the bottom picture with Kiya.  He was born 7/05/2015. 

I am not a vet, just a pet owner sharing what experiences I have had in helping my dogs with other pet owners.  If you have an emergency please call your vet.

February 4, 2018 at 10:37 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Terry Bin
Posts: 2061

Oh, Lanie...I am so sorry to read this.  We know they have a shorter life span than us...and that does not stop us from loving them...and mourning them when they pass.  I know you feel very sad and a little lost now.....may your heart be filled with so many good thoughts and memories.  Those memories both hurt and heal....hurt for them being times past but also heal us with the warmth of memories.  I haven't had a pup pass over the Rainbow Bridge but have 4 cats that have in the past.  I have always found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcQvYh_3Atw" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">this video comforting.  I hope it brings some comfort to you.



Mom of three EPI Shiloh Shepherds: 

Pharaoh born Nov. 2007 and dx with epi December 2009.   Pharaoh weighed 62.4 lbs. (15 lb. weight loss) when diagnosed in 12/2009.

Weight 10/31/11 was 76.6; 85lbs on 9/22/12; 85.5 lbs. on 11/13/14.

Received six weeks of B12 shots Jan-Feb 2010 but his B12 on 8/10/2010 was only 232. So started weekly shots at home, which we continue to give. 

His older half sister is Taiko born Sept. 2006  and was dx with epi June 2010.  Since she has severe bilateral hip dysplasia she had always been on the thin side.  Taiko's weight was 70.7 lbs. in June 2010 (time of diagnosis; about a 10 lb. weight loss).

Weight on 10/31/11 was 80.4 and on 9/22/12 was 82.4 lbs.  Weight 11/13/14 was 83 lbs.  B12 was 211 in June 2010 so started six weeks of shots and was only 293 on 8/10/10.  She receives B12 shots weekly at home.  B12 in September 2014 was over 1,000.

Both are fed twice a day and we use Merrick BG brand: 1 1/2  cups kibble in the morning with 1/2 can dog food with 4 crushed tablets and in the evening 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups kibble with 1/2 can dog food  with 4 crushed tablets. 

Moku was born 4/15/14 does not have epi.  His grandfather is Taiko's and Pharaoh's father (through his mother).  On 11/05/14 his weight was 78 lbs, on 12/11/14 he was 85.7 and on his first birthday 15 April 2015: 90.2 lbs.

February 5, 2018 at 2:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jean and Kara
Posts: 7462
Thank you for putting it in words, it breaks my heart reading something like this, i just hope that things get easier, love Jean





From Liverpool England

born 21st July 2009

Adopted at five months old 26th December 2009


EPI dx August 2010

tli<1.00 folate 8.3 cobalimin 611

Antibiotics  2 Oxytet antibiotics 3 times a day also if we cannot fit the Oxytet in she has Tylan 1/8th teaspoon before her meals as a maintenanance dose

Food- Ashenbank Lamb Casserole  twice daily equalling 3 cups per day possibly more

Zantac (ranitadine) 75 mg 30 minutes before each meal as too much acid was being produced, causing shedding of bowel lining

Enzymes-Panzym 3 gram per meal twice daily ( 3/4 teaspoon ) 

B12 injection once every three weeks

One Chemeyes B12 with intrinsic factor of 40 daily

One Antepsin before bedtime

Allergies to beef, pork, chicken. and white fish confirmed by blood test

33.6 kilos in weight as of 5th May 2013

37 kilos as of 10th June 2014

40.65 kilos, 89.6 pounds as of 3rd March 2015

Vet says she is now processing her food correctly

Very proud of all of us



I am not a vet, nor have veterinary experience, but have lived and breathed EPI for 51/2 years, and hope I can bring some support to others, as others have to me.


February 5, 2018 at 3:54 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Judy & Piper
Posts: 690

It breaks my heart to read your post.  I can feel your heartbreak through your words.  Please know that our hearts are with you.

Piper - Diagnosed 21 Jan 14 at approx 16 months of age TLI 0.3
            DOB - late Sept/early Oct 2012 (found as a stray in a remote Northern Labrador community at approx 3 - 4 months of age)
Using Enzyme Diane 6x 
B12 shots every week at home as well as 2 pills per day
 Eating Pulsar Lamb or Pork
67lbs at time of diagnosis, now 118lbs.
Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism Sept 2014, taking Thyro 0.6mg 2 x daily. 
Piper also has Cushings Disease, allergies and a host of other things but she's happy and we spend our time going for Quality of Quantity because, at the end of the day, that's what's most important
I am not a Vet.  Anything I share or suggest on this site is strictly from my experience as the owner of an EPI dog.  It is recommended that suggested on this forum be discussed with your Vet.

February 5, 2018 at 8:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Site Owner
Posts: 17180

OMG Lanie... i am so SO sorry to be reading this.... You were one of our first members and Milo was known throughout for his sweetness and graced many of our calendars over the years. If i could i would wrap you up in a big hug to let you know how much we care and how saddened we are i would. These EPI dogs are indeed special .... I swear they form extra loving bonds with us to become that once-in-a-life timeextraordinary companion.....

Although i know nothing can ease the total emptiness in your heart right now, i hope that someday you can look back at all the wonrderful times spent with Milo and that those memories will lift your spirits knowing that you were one of the lucky ones to have such a special being in your life.

Many, Many hugs......................


Olesia, owned by Izzy, a 35lb SWD, Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Stable 9+ yrs! Once stable, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes (use EnzymeDiane's 6x) with each meal, but after almost 4 years of stabilization... had to increase the amount of enzymes to 3/4 teaspoon with each meal. Fed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane., gave 1 tsp of coconut oil one day and 1 tsp salmon oil next day, and also give canned sardines packed without salt or canned herring for extra omega oils.... until she developed Diabetes and now cannot tolerate higher fat foods.

In Feb 2013, Izzy developed a very serious condition called IMHA which she (thankfully) beat and is now in remission. We also discovered that now, at 8+ years old, she not only has EPI, but also Diabetes, Low Thyroid and High Cholesterol.  Izzy was able to receive excellent care because of the kindness of so many here on epi4dogs and  is currently  doing extra-ordinarily well. If anyone could spend a day with Izzy, they would never guess that she has any health problems!  Because of Izzy's concurrent conditions of Diabetes and High Cholesterol we had to make changes to our daily EPI routine. We had to alter the fiber, type of fiber and the fat content her diet. She is now on an all home-made diet which she does best on and has even been able to reduce the insuline (Vetsulin:pork-based insulin) . Because of the diet change to all home-made i no longer worry about hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia- -she is much more even-keeled with a diet of sweet potato, a lean meat/fish, sometimes a free range egg, cottage cheese,  fish oil+vitamins and bone meal. We tried Novolin N a human synthetic RNA insulin.... but Izzy did not do well on it. aside from all of Izzy's health issues.... she continues to wake up every day full of joy and a great sense of humor!

I am not a vet.  All of my suggestions/recommendations are based on personal expereinces, observations, information gleaned from EPI research, and information shared with me by EPI researchers....that hopefully may help others. Please always share anything and everything recommended on this forum with your vet.

February 5, 2018 at 10:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Lanie, you were the best for Milo. I am so sorry he is now gone. Please take care of yourself and soon rejoice in the good and happy memories you shared. God speed Milo.
February 5, 2018 at 11:41 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Oh Lanie.....  I am so very sorry. I know you are crushed and the loss feels all encompassing. Eventually, the pain will be replaced with the joy of having been loved so completely and the sorrow will be replaced with happy memories. Eventually. In the meantime, know that we are with you. Milo was indeed a special pup, and we are all so lucky to have been a part of his life thru you. So many hugs to you....



"I am I because my little dog knows me."   Gertrude Stein

Butterbean, Chihuahua born on 06-27-2004, diagnosed in May-June of 2010 via pancreatic biopsy. TLI score of 0.7. Feeding Natural Balance LID Potato and Duck. 1/4 cup with 1/4 tsp of enzymes, twice a day.  She gets a B12 shot every 10 days, and a Wonderlab's capsule every other day.  She gets a maintenance dose of Cosequin every other day. Butter gets 1/4tsp of coconut oil, and a 1/2tsp of Platinum Plus CJ every day. Our new regimen now includes 1mg of prednisone every day, 1/4 tablet (50 mg) of trazodone twice a day, 0.3 ml of omeprazole every day, 1/16th tsp of lactobacillus acidophilus every 3 days, and 500mg of wild salmon oil every other day. 

We lost Butter on the 24th of April, 2017 to cognitive brain disease.  

February 5, 2018 at 11:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Lanie, I am so sorry for your loss.   I remember you and Milo so well ...I joined the year after you with Kolby.  I know how heartbroken you are.  When we lost Kip, our Bridge GSD,  it was devastating.  We, too, sat with him as he took his last breath.   It was so hard, but such a privilege to be there with him. You were such a gift to MIlo, just as he was for you.  He will always be with you.   

The circle of life is so beautifully mysterious.  After Kip died, I didn't think there would ever be a dog I could love as much.  But because we loved him so much and because of his love for us,  we were able to open our hearts to Kolby..... and look where that journey has taken us.  So as you walk this path of grief, know that we are walking it with you.  Milo's love will help you heal in whatever way is best for you.  

Sending you hugs ....you already have love and light.  



February 5, 2018 at 4:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Lanie Kenning
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My heartfelt thanks to all of you for your kind words.  Milo was cremated and I will get his cremains this afternoon.  When I am gone, both of our cremains will be either buried or scattered at a beautiful place called Rolling Acres.  I wish you could see what a lovely place this is.  They mostly cremate and spread or bury pets, even horses, but sometimes humans can be buried with their pets, and that is what I have chosen to do when I have been cremated.  I still have the cremains of my Dachshund, Louie, and my Doberman, Zoe, and we can all be buried together.  The people at Rolling Acres are wonderful.  Many thanks to all of you who posted, and to all the others who helped Milo and me in the early days after diagnosis (when my name then was Lanie Russell.)  I think I gave him a good life and I want to believe that he knows this.

Also, I have some products that I would like to donate; not many enzymes, as I was going to order more on Monday.  But even some could help someone struggling to pay for enzymes.  In addition, I have an unopened box of Heartgard Plus for dogs over 70 lbs, as well as a partial bag plus an unopened bag of Dasuquin soft chews for large dogs.  This is a joint health supplement with MSM. If anyone can use these, please let me know at email: [email protected], or you can phone me at 706-455-7161 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. CST.


Lanie Kenning (formerly Lanie Russell) Kansas City, MO

Rescued by Milo in 2008.  He is a Border Collie - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog mix -- Border Collie "smarts" but calm iike a Swissie. Dx EPI in March 2009 - .04 cTLI - plus SID.  Food is Natural Balance L.I.D. - combination of sweet potato & venison and sweet potato & bison.  Weight fluctuates between 72 & 75 lbs.  Milo is handsome, sweet, and easy to live with.

February 9, 2018 at 1:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Marilyn Marinelli
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May you be left with good memories and your loss be comforted and your heart heal.

February 9, 2018 at 5:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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