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EPI Awareness

Since the beginning, epi4dogs has been very dedicated in bringing about awareness to EPI.  In  7 years we, epi4dogs and it's membership, has achieved many accomplishments in this arena and we continue to do so. So many good things have happened that it was decided that it is time to devote an on-going section exclusively dedicated to our
EPI Awareness Efforts and to say thanks to each and everyone of you who have made all this possible!!!

 

  • Epi4Dogs was favorably mentioned 5-14-2016 in the May 14, 2016 EPI article in DR. JEAN DODD'S PET HEALTH RESOURCE BLOG  "Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency"  http://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/ 
  • Epi4Dogs was respectfully featured in an article in the October 2015 AUSTRLIAN SHEPHERD NEWS article "Joy's Story- -a Journey with EPI" joy pdf.pdf
  • September 2015 WONDERLABS Corporation is now producing Pet Factor B12 (like Trinfac but for pets) and now recommends Epi4Dogs for support.
  • September 2015 Epi4Dogs int'l board member, Craig worked with CEVA ANIMAL HEALTH CORPORATION  (AUS div) is re-classifying the Australian product "Enzyplex" from an EPI treatment product to a health supplement. Enzyplex is a plant enzyme that is not an overly effective treatment for EPI.
  • December 2014 UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY (Australia) CENTRE FOR VETERINARY EDUCATION references Epi4Dogs.com  http://www.vetbook.org/wiki/dog/index.php/Exocrine_pancreatic_insufficiency
  • As of August 8, 2014, epi4dogs is now a 501c3 PUBLIC CHARITY ORGANIZATION
  • A nice mention of epi4dogs in the August 2014 edition of CAT FANCY magazine "Pancreas Awareness" written by Stephanie Bouchard http://www.stephaniebouchard.net/portfolio/cats/
  • Provided the German Corporation, SCHEBO http://www.schebo.com/english/ with materials for their training literature on their Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency "Elastase 1-Canine" product.
  • CUMMINGS SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY wrote an article in their January 2014 Newsletter about EPI, interviewed one of our members, Paula, and shared her personal EPI dog "Maya" story. Tufts also mentioned epi4dogs as the place to go for information and guidance on EPI. 
  • ACVIM FACEBOOK page https://www.facebook.com/ACVIMFoundation, January 21. 2013, posted about ACVIM EPI Fact Sheet
  • The UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VETERINARY LIBRARY has now included epi4dogs.com along with other pertinent EPI information in their Veterinary Research Resource Guide section: http://libguides.utk.edu/content.php?pid=257437&sid=3632367
  • The ACVIM (American College of Veterinarian Internal Medicine)  has produced an "EPI Fact Sheet"  http://www.acvim.org/PetOwners/AnimalEducation/FactSheets/SmallAnimalInternalMedicine/ExocrinePancreaticInsufficiency(EPI).aspx available for vets and pet owners dealing with EPI and references epi4dogs as a quality website for information on EPI.  The ACVIM is also producing other EPI educational awareness materials to be distributed throughout various ACVIM venues for their vets/delegates. (Aug 2014-ACVIM Fact sheet currently being revised and not available at this time)
  • The ACVIM FOUNDATION posted the "EPI Fact Sheet" on their FaceBook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Acvim-Foundation/190831377608056 bringing appreciation to epi4dogs for EPI information.
  • On Jan 3, 2013, epi4dogs was iinterviewd about EPI on the ADRENALINE RADIO SHOW  radio show "Lets Talk About Dogs" http://adrenalineradio.com/shows/159-lets-talk-about-dogs  . Actual interview:
    http://adrenalineradio.com/podcasts/archives/summary/430-lets-talk-about-dogs/16370-lets-talk-about-dogs-01-03-13-dogs-pancreatitis-and-epi
  • epi4dogs was interviewed and then recognized in 2012 by the NEW YORK TIMES for our EPI Efforts:   http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/as-dogs-waste-away-owners-seek-answers/ 
  • epi4dogs was invited by Dr. David A. Williams, MA, VetMB, PhD, to contribute by writing a chapter regarding EPI support for the Veterinarian Medical Journal, TOPICS IN COMPANION ANIMAL MEDICINE, Vol 27, Number 3, Aug 2012http://companimalmed.com/
  • epi4dogs was recommended as "the best on-line EPI resource" in JAVMA (Journal of American Veterinarian Association) http://www.avma.org/publications/default.asp
  • epi4dogs was interviewed by Purina for a PURINA publication on EPI (see the EPI Articles sectionhttp://www.epi4dogs.com/epiarticles.htm )
  • epi4dogs has been published in the Mar 2009 WHOLE DOG JOURNAL with an article on EPI Awareness http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/
  • epi4dogs has been published in Sept-Oct 2007 SCHUTZHUND USA with an article on EPI Awarenesshttp://www.germanshepherddog.com/usa_magazine.htm
  • epi4dogs, EnzymeDiane, EPI geneticist, Dr. Leigh Anne Clarkand Dr. David A. Williams, Developer of the TLI test for EPI,  were invited to attend the 2012 ACVIM FORUM in New Orleans.
  • epi4dogs attended the AVMA (American Veterinarian Medical Association) http://www.avma.org/ Convention and handed out many EPI materials to the veterinarian community and spoke to a multitude of veterinarian students about EPI.
  • epi4dogs is is being translated into Dutch for a presence in Holland
  • epi4dogs was contacted by a vet from University of Hannover in Germany http://www.uni-hannover.de/en/universitaet/index.php used some of our website material to be distributed to vets in Germany for better EPI Awareness.
  • epi4dogs was contacted by a surgeon from the The ROYAL VETERINARY COLLEGE in London, UK seeking to use some of our information for their new clinic in treating EPI.
  • epi4dogs is currently assisting Dr. Jorg Steiner's Gastroenterology Laboratory at TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY conducting an EPI enzyme study http://http//www.epi4dogs.com/epiclinicalstudies.htm
  • epi4dogs worked with and continues to work directly with the geneticists at CLEMSON UNIVERSITY (who were previously at Texas A&M University) on EPI efforts.
  • epi4dogs is published in NAYLOR'S veterinarian educational resource directory as the source for vet students, etc. to go to for EPI information.
  • epi4dogs has been contacted by various other honorable websites in France, Thailand, Israel, China, South America, Slovenia, Spain, Greece, England, Scotland, USA etc...where our epi4dogs awareness information has either been shared with directly or translated into another language.
  • epi4dogs won the $5000 October 2010 PEPSI CHALLENGE in the Health Category   http://www.refresheverything.com/ and consequently was able to send EPI informational materials to thousands of vets all over the USA with $1,000 and donated $4,000 to Clemson Univ for EPI Research.
  • 50+ people offered to volunteer for epi4dogs to help contact over 50,000 dog-related organizations to share EPI Awareness materials with..it was a great success!
  • countless epi4dogs members world wide have also made an impact on EPI Awareness in their country....i know am not mentioning everyone, but the few who immediately come to mind are:

     Craig (Ms. Lulupant's companion in Australia) is literally changing the way vets treat EPI in Australia and Craig is also responsible for encouraging pet supply stores in Australia to start carrying a variety of grain-free foods for dogs!

     Anderson (Bonbon's companion in Indonesia)  has vets contacting him personally with EPI clients because they do not have the correct treatment and/or tests readily available and Anderson has learned how to manage "with out" and is helping others.

     Devika (Mahi's companion in India) well.... i'll just share her news with you
 

                   I have the best news! As the ones following Mahi's story will know - we have struggled long and hard to get the right medicines and enzymes for Mahi and we wouldn't be where we are today -
                   making slow, plodding progress towards putting on weight and tackling SIBO - if it hadn't been for all of you who have encouraged me and helped me and always pushed me so that I could
                   do my best for Mahi.

                   A part of our journey with EPI has been to make sure that we spread the word here in India - where this condition is largely unknown and more often than not - completely missed. I work
                   with my own vet here in our little town and finally, after a lot of pushing, managed to expand this to towns around us. Today I got a call from a vet who practices in a town three hours away
                   and we had a long discussion about EPI and how they were seeing more and more EPI-like symptoms in the dogs in this area - obviously inbreeding is playing a big part.

                   Most importantly, I seem to have convinced him to switch the enzyme from what we were using earlier (Enzar Forte) to the one you all urged me to find - Creon!! That is such a big step forward
                   for all the EPI dogs that are under his care!! Can you imagine how many dogs he can help? He said they were discussing EPI in the Regional Veterinarian Hospital and that he would bring up
                   Creon at their next meeting and also discuss SIBO and B12!!  
                  
Pats on the back all round guys! Another step forward...Devika              

 

       Sally (Dutch's companion in Nova Scotia)... her story:             

                    About this time last year, Dutch started to display strange behaviour.  He has always been a foody dog but his desire for food was manic.  As he associates work/training with treats, he
                    was working incredibly hard to earn his treats.  I knew something was wrong but everyone (including the vets) said he couldn't be ill if he was that lively.
 
                    We suffered our worst ever snow in December last year and for the first time ever we got snowed in.  It so happened that Dutch became very ill during this time and he was wasting
                    away before our eyes.  It was then that I upped my efforts to diagnose the problem for myself and I found your website.  It was obvious to me what was wrong, so immediately changed
                    his diet to low fat/low fibre and used the only thing I had that could be construed as medicine, a slippery elm powder.  I told my husband that if the snow didn't clear, that Dutch would
                    be having our Christmas turkey as that is low fat.  It didn't quite come to that but on my insistence, when we could get out and about, Dutch was indeed diagnosed with EPI (although
                    for time a tumour was suspected).
      
               He now has regular Vitamin B injections and is on a prescription food and pancreatic enzymes.  As you can see, the dear old chap looks great. 
 
And last but not least, epi4dogs membership has been very active year after year raising money for EPI Research. An extra special thank you goes out to:

  • Kelli, Addie's mom for contributing air-miles for epi4dogs attendance at the 2012 ACVIM FORUM
  • Susan, ButterBean's mom for a huge monetary contribution to epi4dogs to also help with the 2012 ACVIM FORUM attendance
  • Susan, Butterbean's mom for donating the entire initial batch of EPI-T-shirts to epi4dogs
  • Jan, Kita's mom, for coining the EPI phrases, "EPI, we can lick it" and "EPI Survivor"
  • Enzyme Diane, for creating the EPI Bandannas... and of course we are always thankful to Diane for the affordable enzymes, and her constant support to me personally at all the conferences !!!!!!
  • Susan, Butterbean's mom, for designing the wonderful EPI T-shirts
  • Gillian, Wallace's mom, for creating the snazzy (and much comlimented on) EPI Logo
  • Craig, Miss Lulupant's dad, for creating the EPI Australian handout, and changing the way Australia views EPI!
  • Alyssa, Vito's mom, for creating the silicon bracelets and charms
  • Leslie, Bella's mom, for creating the EPI coffee mugs
  • Heather, Hamish's mom, for creating the EPI wine, " For the Love of Dogs"
  • Mikey, Keeper's mom, of RugPal North, for creating EPI alert tags
  • Geralda Aubry, for writing an EPI article, published in Schutzhund USA Feb 2012
  • and to all of you who have attended events, tirelessly handing out EPI Awareness materials, writing articles in your town's newspapers, etc..... THANK YOU!!!!!! 

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