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epi4dogs
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Hi everyone..... we are very VERY pleased to announce, that the NY Times did a story about EPI (and showcased some of our members, Michele and Kelli)......We are beyond excited.....This ought to really help get the word out and help others who may be struggling with EPI. 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/as-dogs-waste-away-owners-seek-answers/


As Dogs Waste Away, Owners Seek Answers By EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS and JENNIFER CONTOGEORGOS


Michele Daniels of Point Pleasant, N.J., with her dog, Jackie, now recovered from E.P.I., a digestive illness that researchers are seeking to better understand.A few years ago, Michele Daniels’s puppy, Jackie, suddenly became sick with constant, messy stomach problems. As Jackie, a 9-month-old German shepherd, rapidly lost 20 pounds, Ms. Daniels, who lives in Point Pleasant, N.J., spent many sleepless nights caring for her dog and worrying.

“The lowest point was getting up during the night probably five or six times and taking her out with diarrhea,” said Ms. Daniels, 51, a client services representative at a veterinarian’s office. “We were watching her fade away in front of us, and we couldn’t do anything about it.”

After visiting several veterinarians, Jackie finally received a diagnosis of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, or E.P.I., a disorder in which the pancreas does not produce enough enzymes to properly digest food and absorb nutrients. A similar disorder occurs in people, including those with cystic fibrosis, celiac disease or chronic by Text-Enhance">pancreatitis, and both people and pets often take the same enzyme-rich dried pork pancreas in powder or capsule form to treat it.

Ms. Daniels, who initially feared that her dog would have to be put down, added pancreatic enzymes to her pet’s diet, along with vitamin B12 injections, then watched as her dog improved after several months of treatment. “I feel like she has been given the life she was meant to have,” she said, fighting off tears.

Researchers are currently trying to determine the genetic cause behind exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in dogs and searching for better treatment options. The fact that it is most common among German shepherds indicates that there is a hereditary component to the disease, said Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, an assistant professor of genetics at Clemson University, where researchers are working to identify a genetic marker that could be used by breeders to identify dogs at risk. About half of all cases occur in other breeds, including Chihuahuas, terriers and beagles, and it occurs less frequently in cats.

Genetic testing has become more common for pets in recent years. There are already at least 80 DNA tests available to detect disease-related genes in dogs, from narcolepsy in Labrador retrievers to early-onset, hereditary cataracts in Boston terriers. Breeders are now using the information to identify dogs that carry the faulty genes and make sure they do not pass them on to future generations by eliminating them from the breeding pool.

There are quite likely multiple genetic and environmental factors that contribute to E.P.I., Dr. Clark said. While the disease was first observed in dogs 150 years ago, she has noticed an increased awareness of the illness in recent years. At a recent dinner with friends who are veterinarians, she asked whether any of them had been treating the condition.

“I had them go around the table, and every one of them had an E.P.I. case – 10 years ago that wasn’t the case,” she said.

There are no official statistics on the number of pets with the disorder. But Dr. Jorg Steiner, director of the gastrointestinal laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, estimates that E.P.I. is diagnosed in 8,000 dogs in the United States each year, and says that the number of cases will most likely rise as awareness of the disease grows.

Dr. Steiner is conducting clinical trials on a new enzyme that would be easier for dogs with the disease to digest — and less costly for pet owners. The current options for owners who have dogs with E.P.I. can be expensive. A 12-ounce bottle of powdered enzymes can cost about $200 and often lasts less than two months, depending on a dog’s size and the dosage.

The main online resource about the disease — www.epi4dogs.com — gets about 15,000 page views a month, according to Olesia Kennedy, who created the Web site after her own dog struggled with the illness. A simple blood test by a veterinarian can determine whether a dog has the disease, she said, and treatments can be tailored to the individual pet, usually some combination of pancreatic enzymes, a low-fiber diet, antibiotics and vitamin B12 shots that must be given on a continuing basis.

Some pet owners report improvements after feeding their dogs a completely raw diet of unprocessed food that includes antibiotic-free meat and organic produce.

Dr. Sandy Willis, a veterinary internal medicine specialist who works with the American Veterinary Medical Association, said the E.P.I. Web site was a good resource for pet owners. Although most veterinarians know about the disease, she said, it might not be the first one they test for, and pet owners who suspect their animal might have the disease might speed the diagnostic process by mentioning it to their veterinarians.

Last year, Kelli Grant, who works at a molecular diagnostic company and lives in San Antonio, became alarmed when her 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog, Addie, developed bad diarrhea and lethargy and quickly dropped from a healthy 38 pounds to a skeletal 26. When Ms. Grant called the dog’s breeder, she was “devastated” to learn that Addie’s mother had been put down because of a similar problem.

After a veterinarian diagnosed E.P.I., Ms. Grant started Addie on pancreatic enzymes and B12 shots at home. Since then, she has learned that it is possible to manage the disease without spending a fortune. A year later, the dog has “put the weight back on,” Ms. Grant said. “She’s super happy and plays Frisbee.”

 


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Olesia, owned by Izzy-35lb SWD, Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Stable almost 8 yrs! Once stable, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes with each meal, but after almost 4 years of stabilization... had to increase the amount of enzymes to 3/4 teaspoon with each meal. Feed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane. I give 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.

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 chnages to our daily EPI routine. We had to alter the fiber, type of fiber and the fat content  her diet. She now gets 1/2 Annamaet Lean kibble and 1/2 TOTW kibble with either lean pork loin meat, or chicken breast or tuna twice a day. She also receives  9 or 10 units of Vetsulin (depending on her blood glucose reading) a pork based insulin. We tried Novolin N a human synthetic RNA insulin.... but Izzy did not do well on it. And now we have to monitor her exercise.   It's been one heck of a journey... but aside from all that Izzy has gone thru with her health issues.... she continues to wake up every day full of joy and a great sense of humor!


December 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jean and Kara
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Posts: 5275

Hey we all get our 15 minutes of fame

 

what a beautiful picture of Jackie and Michele

 

this is awesome and well deserved Olesia

 

Jeanx

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Kara

 

From Liverpool England

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

enzymes-Panzym 1 gram per meal twice daily ( 1/4 teaspoon )  plus one Lypex

B12 injection once every three weeks

one Chemeyes B12 with intrinsic factor of 40 daily

one Antepsin before bedtime

alergies to beef pork chicken and white fish confirmed by blood test

33.6 kilos in weight as of 5th May 2013

 

"UNCONDITIONAL LOVE WAS INVENTED BY DOGS"

 

 


December 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Dar
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Posts: 2322

Totally awesome !! The article rocks.......Covers all aspects of EPI and mentions Dr Steiner, Dr. Clark ,Dr. Willis , Olesia, epi4dogs, Kelli with Addie, and of course the two beautiful ladies..Michele and Jackie !!! Total package .. well done!

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  Dar and Kodi, From Washington state

 ' I aspire to be the person that my dog thinks I am !!! '

Kodi (GSD female) , born August 19, 2010 , was diagnosed July 15, 2011 at 11 months .Lowest weight, 47 lbs, weight as of  4/27/2013  62.9 lbs. Our goal for her at this time is now 65 lbs. !!!   And she made it!! .  TLI .07 , Folate 9.4 , Cobalmin 536 .

Kodi is on Pioneer grain and potato free Pork, 2  cups kibble with added canned or home cooked pork 2 times a day with  3/4 teaspoons of enzymes (X 8 ) from Diane. (Also some home cooked meals)1 Trinfac-B capsule once a day. Also  1/8 t. of ground coriander, 1/16 t. of ground fennel seed and cinnamon per meal (for stomach acid and burps). Having acupunture with a holistic vet for food and enviromental  allergies, doing accupressure points and taking 1000 mg.Super Quercetin daily for allergies.

December 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Paula
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Posts: 2628

Well done! I know how long you have been waiting for this. So good to spread the word!

 

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Paula and Maya (bday 12/21/06) (diagnosed 10/26/10 TLI 1.5, B12 659 (ref:249-733), weight 52 lbs. After 30 days, retested B12/folate - B12 plummeted to 200, which greatly affected her personality. After following B12 protocol, currently giving semi-weekly B12 shots at home, plus daily WonderLabs Trinfac. Weight in July 2013: 75 lbs - the picture of health


December 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM Flag Quote & Reply

maddie ann
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Well done to you all and the picture of Jackie is amazing she ceratinly looks the picture of health there . 

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 ANN (UK)

 “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

Maddie DOB 01-10-2007 she is now  6 DX 04/11 .B12 140 now 644 TLI <1.00 Folate 14.2.

After 15 months on the B12 tablets with the intrisic factor she was retested and her b12 is now 902.

Weight was 22.3kg now 33.2kg (04-05-12) she is a small GSDbut she gained .(24lbs)

Feed a mixture of foods she does better on fibre 3% and below she has  b12 tablets daily (imported from the USAhttp://www.wonderlabs.com/itemleft.php?itemnum=6881) now changing to the uk version from http://www.chemeyes.co.uk/

organic virgin  coconut oil dailly. Use Panzym 1/4 a tsp per 200 grams of food .Got SIBO under control after antibiotics ( stormormgyl) used synbotic by protexin. a pre-probotic also given daily.

December 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Tracey, Sofie's mom
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Just the best present ever:)!!!!

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Tracey, Sofie's mom

Sofie, Shiloh shepherd, born March 2010; diagnosed April 2011. Currently eats 3.5 cups of Go Turkey Recipe per day plus a bit of cooked beef, pork, tripe or liver, etc. with 1 tsp. of 8x enzymes per cup. I am going to switch her back to TOTW lamb version when this bag is done - I think both her and my non-EPIer have issues with the turkey. 1 Wonderlabs B12 pill per day, 1 tsp Slippery Elm with her lunch, 1 tbsp coconut oil 2x a day and currently back on Tylan 2x a day. Her lowest weight was 66 lbs, she is now a lovely 85 lbs.

December 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Dizzy's Mom
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Posts: 378

This is awesome! Proud for everybody!

Stacie, Dizzy's Mom

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Stacie, Dizzy's Mom

Dizzy was born 2/28/2010. Dx on 12/24/2011. Lowest weight 55lbs. Today she is 80lbs.

4 cups TOTW with 6x pancreatin 1tsp per cup

B12 w/intrinsic once a day.

Probiotic once a day

Daily Pepcid

Tacrolimus once a day for eyes


December 20, 2012 at 4:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jean and Kara
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from the report

 

"Last year, Kelli Grant, who works at a molecular diagnostic company and lives in San Antonio, became alarmed when her 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog, Addie, developed bad diarrhea and lethargy and quickly dropped from a healthy 38 pounds to a skeletal 26. When Ms. Grant called the dog’s breeder, she was “devastated” to learn that Addie’s mother had been put down because of a similar problem.

After a veterinarian diagnosed E.P.I., Ms. Grant started Addie on pancreatic enzymes and B12 shots at home. Since then, she has learned that it is possible to manage the disease without spending a fortune. A year later, the dog has “put the weight back on,” Ms. Grant said. “She’s super happy and plays Frisbee"

 

and a high 5 to Kelli and Addie who are so very integral to our forum and soooooooooooooooooooo generous

 

jxxx

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Kara

 

From Liverpool England

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

enzymes-Panzym 1 gram per meal twice daily ( 1/4 teaspoon )  plus one Lypex

B12 injection once every three weeks

one Chemeyes B12 with intrinsic factor of 40 daily

one Antepsin before bedtime

alergies to beef pork chicken and white fish confirmed by blood test

33.6 kilos in weight as of 5th May 2013

 

"UNCONDITIONAL LOVE WAS INVENTED BY DOGS"

 

 


December 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Cedar's Mom, Barb
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Posts: 1596

Way to go!! Awesome media exposure!

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- Barb -

Mom to Cedar, diagnosed with EPI Nov 1, 2010, TLI 1.2, Feb 2013 B12 653 (150-700), Folate 23 (7-39); B12 injections weekly; 1 3/4 tsp pancreatin 8X/meal, 1 1/4 c TOTW Pacific Stream or Sierra Mountain + 1/2 c add ins (pork, salmon, sardines, haddock, egg, pumpkin are the usual), 1/3 c water, incubated x 30 minutes; 2 meals/day; current weight 75 lbs. Also has Pannus; treated with tacrolimus ointment 2 x daily each eye and gets 100 ug Vit E daily for immature cataracts. Also Mom to pupkids Bree and Griffin, and catkids Abby, Diamond and Max...and skinkid Ayden

December 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Michele
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Posts: 5385

I am so proud of you O - from a dream you started helping people and their animals, bringing awareness, sharing your precious time and now you have made the NY Times!!!!   Awareness is one of the key elements and your circle just keeps growing and growing.


Everyone - in an effort to keep the awareness going, please feel free to post comments on the article - share it on FB - do whatever you can to keep the word spreading so no animal goes undiagnosed...


What I have loved about this forum from day one was what a "family" it is.   We laugh, we cry and now we celebrate this together.    Kudos to Emma and Jennifer of the NY Times for taking their time to help our pups - you ROCK!!!    Thank you to all the Doctors and Researchers and last but not least...thank you to the amazing animals who have been entrusted to us to light the way for them.



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Michele

http://gardensoftranquility.com/



Jackie - Diagnosed at 9 mos (09/09) - TLI 0.3 and low end of B12.  Pancreatin 8x dosing 3/4tsp per cup.   Natures Domain, Trinfac-B Intrinsic Factor daily, probiotics and Duralactin in the am. Mega-E:  cisapride and metoclopramide.    Stable and happy 122lbs - thanks to all the beautiful souls on this forum, we could not have done it without YOU.

Dexter - Diagnosed 11/10 approx 3 yrs of age.   We failed fostering and now he has his forever home :)   At initial testing - TLI 1.2 (range 5-35) B12 254 (range 249-733) folate 20.2 (range 6.5-11.5)   Natures Domain, Pancreatin 8x dosing is 3/4 tsp per cup, Trinfac-B Intrinsic Factor daily, probiotics with each meal and glucosamine chondroitin in the am.  Hypothyroidism:   Soloxine.    Stable and happy 97 lbs.


December 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM Flag Quote & Reply

epi4dogs
Site Owner
Posts: 11997

Yes.... PLEASE folks do try to comment, from what i understand from Jennifer, the more comments posted the more that toggles other viewers = the more EPI awareness we can accomplish!


I feel like this article was like an early Christmas present....

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday!

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Olesia, owned by Izzy-35lb SWD, Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Stable almost 8 yrs! Once stable, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes with each meal, but after almost 4 years of stabilization... had to increase the amount of enzymes to 3/4 teaspoon with each meal. Feed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane. I give 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.

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 chnages to our daily EPI routine. We had to alter the fiber, type of fiber and the fat content  her diet. She now gets 1/2 Annamaet Lean kibble and 1/2 TOTW kibble with either lean pork loin meat, or chicken breast or tuna twice a day. She also receives  9 or 10 units of Vetsulin (depending on her blood glucose reading) a pork based insulin. We tried Novolin N a human synthetic RNA insulin.... but Izzy did not do well on it. And now we have to monitor her exercise.   It's been one heck of a journey... but aside from all that Izzy has gone thru with her health issues.... she continues to wake up every day full of joy and a great sense of humor!


December 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM Flag Quote & Reply

ceo
Member
Posts: 65

I am so, so thrilled this happened. What great exposure!


And I was going to say much the same, Olesia, about the timing with the holidays and all. Yay!

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— Cyndy Otty —
http://gentlewit.com

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." ~ Groucho Marx

December 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Miss Lulupants
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Posts: 2182

This is soooo fantastic!! Huge congrats to everyone involved!


Lulu yet again says, 'HiPaw!!!'

 

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Craig

Lulu (aka Miss Lulupants) is a 6 year old 'Red Shepherd' (Australian Red Heeler x Long-hair GSD) who lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. Diagnosed with EPI in April 2010. Currently on one Creon 25k per meal; 2.5 cups Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula kibble per day + one Wonderlabs Trinfac every 2nd day. Click here for diet/med details. Miss Lulupants' story has been archived but it starts here. Lulu currently weighs: 20.4kg (42.8lbs). Was officially a chunky monkey for a while too :P Lulu is super-smart, a bit plump and very pretty (everybody says so - including her!).

December 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM Flag Quote & Reply

CherylS
Member
Posts: 80

WOW! What exciting news!  Michele, you & Jackie look so beautiful!!

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Gabi: Born 1-31-07; Dx 3/09. Lowest weight was 52 lbs 10/10. Now hovers @ 73 lbs.

Fed 2/day: 2 cups TOTW Sierra Mtn Lamb, 2 tsp pumpkin, 1/day: Trinfac B12, probiotic, glucosamine, black walnut. Given a gruel of 1 tsp Salmon canned dog food, 1/8 tsp L-glutamine & 1 1/2 tsp Pancreatin 8X mixed together & fed right before her kibble. For IBD: 375 mg Metro Fri-Sun PM & 5mg Prednisone every AM.

December 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM Flag Quote & Reply

shirl
Member
Posts: 2139

This article is just wonderful!  How wonderful to see it in the NYTimes!

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Mom to Pixie, 8 year old sheltie,inherited from my mother-in-law 3/11.  Dx of EPI 9/09.  TLI in 10/09 was 0.4 ug/L.  As of 12/2/11, Folate fasting levels was 13.6 ug/L, and Cobalamin fasting was 615.   Current weight 20.9 lbs (7/13), solid member of the Chunky Monkey Club!  Ideal weight around 17, I think, but she's not obese at this weight, so maybe 17 is a little low.  Feeding grain free - Merrick 96% Pork canned and Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Lamb kibble.  Giving slightly less than 1/2 tsp Pancreatin 8X per 1/2 cup of food.  Tylan 1x/day maintenance dose.  Also takes 1/2 tablet pepcid for stomach upset 2x/day.   Getting bi-weekly B-12 shots.  Our little pack also includes my husband, our 13 year old sheltie, Lucy, and our 10 year old sheltie, Einstein. 

December 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Donna W
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Posts: 124

GREAT article! NY Times ... wow!!!! A huge thanks to Olesia for starting the website and helping so many of us save our dog's life! She sure did that for us! And thanks also to all the doctors with continuing research! This IS a wonderful family!

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Onza - 8 years old. Beautifull, extremely intelligent and diagnosed with EPI in April 2009 with TLi 0.4 ... she lost down to 55 lbs before we found Olesia through friends in our Schutzhund Club. So thankful to her and this wonderful website that gave us hope and guidance. "Be extra kind to everyone you encounter, because everyone is fighting a battle of some kind"... Donna W and William in Raleigh NC

December 29, 2012 at 1:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

epi4dogs
Site Owner
Posts: 11997

Love the "Hi-Paw".... now how did you get Ms. Fancypants Lulupants to do that?????????

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Olesia, owned by Izzy-35lb SWD, Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Stable almost 8 yrs! Once stable, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes with each meal, but after almost 4 years of stabilization... had to increase the amount of enzymes to 3/4 teaspoon with each meal. Feed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane. I give 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.

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 chnages to our daily EPI routine. We had to alter the fiber, type of fiber and the fat content  her diet. She now gets 1/2 Annamaet Lean kibble and 1/2 TOTW kibble with either lean pork loin meat, or chicken breast or tuna twice a day. She also receives  9 or 10 units of Vetsulin (depending on her blood glucose reading) a pork based insulin. We tried Novolin N a human synthetic RNA insulin.... but Izzy did not do well on it. And now we have to monitor her exercise.   It's been one heck of a journey... but aside from all that Izzy has gone thru with her health issues.... she continues to wake up every day full of joy and a great sense of humor!


December 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Steph
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Posts: 27

I saw this article and was excited that EPI and this amazing site, plus EnzymeDiane, are getting the recognition and publicity they deserve! These sites saved my dog's life, so I am beyond greatful like everyone else here using their services!

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Owner of, Layla, 2-year old German Shepherd. Food: Taste of the Wild (Grain Free, switch up the flavors) 2-cups 2x a day. Enzymes: EnzymeDiane! 1 tbsp. 6x powder per cup of food. Mix with warm water and let sit for 20 minutes. B-12 (Intrinsic Factor) suppliment with food 2x a day. Tylan Powder on hand, but haven't had to use it since her first treatment for SIBO.

June 2012: 80lbs

October 2012: 58lbs (when diagnosed)

January 2013: 73lbs

March 2013: 85lbs :-)

January 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM Flag Quote & Reply

epi4dogs
Site Owner
Posts: 11997

thanks !  we too were excited..... anytime we can get more exposure and talk about EPI.. the more folks we can reach and hopefully the more dogs (and cats!) we can maybe help!

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Olesia, owned by Izzy-35lb SWD, Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Stable almost 8 yrs! Once stable, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes with each meal, but after almost 4 years of stabilization... had to increase the amount of enzymes to 3/4 teaspoon with each meal. Feed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane. I give 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.

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 chnages to our daily EPI routine. We had to alter the fiber, type of fiber and the fat content  her diet. She now gets 1/2 Annamaet Lean kibble and 1/2 TOTW kibble with either lean pork loin meat, or chicken breast or tuna twice a day. She also receives  9 or 10 units of Vetsulin (depending on her blood glucose reading) a pork based insulin. We tried Novolin N a human synthetic RNA insulin.... but Izzy did not do well on it. And now we have to monitor her exercise.   It's been one heck of a journey... but aside from all that Izzy has gone thru with her health issues.... she continues to wake up every day full of joy and a great sense of humor!


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