Marilyn Marinelli

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71 years old
Ocala, Florida
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Owner of two collies....one collie has just been diagnosed with EPI. Any encouragement and help would be appreciated.  I also am founder and Pres. of Have A Heart for Companion Animals, Inc. located in Florida.  www.haveaheart.us I will pass on any info I can in my newsletter about EPI...anything to help the animals and people.

Thank you for allowing me to participate and gain info for my Ruby.



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Reply maddie ann
2:52 PM on October 11, 2012 
Hi Marilyn
there isa thread on the forum called tobies appetite....i have suggested creon but not sure how you obtain it in the states wondered if you could help out the dog is picky ie how to obtain it etc.
Thanks Ann
Reply shirl
7:49 AM on August 12, 2011 
Hi Marilyn, Where in NY are you from? I live in a little town Germantown, which is between NYC and Albany, right on the Hudson River. It's a little closer to Albany than NYC.
Reply Alyssa
4:14 PM on July 23, 2011 
It isn't a replacement, but a supplemental food. And it doesn't work with all dogs. I suggested it to cindy because she is having a very hard time with allergies with her dog, so with a raw diet she could control exactly what he eats. Please keep in mind I'm pretty new at this, and double check with the veterans of the forum before you do anything drastic. This worked for my dog, but each one is different and I don't want to tell you something that would do more harm than good.
Reply margaret
8:27 PM on July 19, 2011 
Hi Marilyn,
sophie was diagnosed about 6 weeks ago and she is doing ok. The enzymes seemed to do the trick but now she is refusing her kibble and wet canned dog food. She started cough/ gagging when trying to eat it. I am concerned that she'll loose more weight and I have started cooking a stew for her. She likes that a lot. I am researching raw diet as well.
Reply Lynn
7:45 AM on June 24, 2011 
Hi Marilyn,
When Megg first got EPI, we had a lot of problems with her diet; nothing much was working until we went to the raw/lightly cooked combo. Kibble just wasn't working for her. Her meat source consisted mainly of minced rabbit which I would alternate occasisonally with kangaroo meat. Luckily she tolerated this diet & did well on it.
As to your question about how to feed the Creon, well a lot of people do it differently, but my Vet was always adament that I fed the capsule whole & because of Meggs diet, it was easy for me to just pop it in a chunk of her minced meat & she would swallow it down, not even knowing it was in there. I was lucky that she loved food.
I think some people put some cream cheese on it & various other things, but you have to be very careful that the dog does not chew the tiny minimicrospheres as the capsule wont work then. I found it very easy to use & very convenient but like I said earlier, we don't have a choice here.

Let me know if I can help you anymore. We are all here for each other & this is a wonderful forum. You are never alone here.
Reply Lynn
6:27 AM on June 24, 2011 
Hi Marilyn, Thanks for your message. Yes, I did use Creon 10000 for my Megg & she did really well on it. As you've probably read, here in Australia, we have no other choice of enzymes, so Creon is it. Megg weighed 26kgs., which is approx. 58lbs., I think. As to your question about how much Creon per cup of food, I can't really answer you as I fed a natural diet, consisting of raw kangaroo/rabbit meat, minced chicken, veggies, eggs, sardines etc.. I only needed to give Megg one Creon 10000 capsule per meal & she did well on that. There are different strengths, but I was always worried about upping it as too much enzymes can have the same effect as too little & Megg wasn't a very big Setter. Saying that though, some pups do seem to need more & some of the forum are using the 25000 strength. For a Collie like your Ruby though, I would start with the 10000 first & go from there. Craig has a wonderful, very informative brochure on the epi4dogs website which is definately worth a look at.
Good luck. All is very daunting at first, but EPI is also very manageable.