This page is dedicated to products sold in support of Epi4Dogs. Thank you to ALL who participate!
However, if you are looking for recommendations/resources for managing EPI.... please go to the following pages:
For Enzymes for EPI, please go to: ENZYME
For Antibiotics for SID, please go to: SID (SIBO)
For B12 for EPI, please go to: B12
Written by Nancy McMillan
One of our EPI parents, Maureen has a wonderful dog Byrnn, diagnosed with EPI ... BUT also has allergies... specifically to coconut oil.... together with Legendary Canine, Maureen & Byrnn, they came up with a product that beautifully address Byrnn's "itchies"..... Also.... Nancy, of Legendary Canine graciously is donating 5% of every bar sold to our non-profit organization, Epi4Dogs. Thank you Nancy, and of course, Maureen and Byrnn!!!
The inspiration for the 2017 spring Limited Edition Heroes is a German Shepherd named Byrnn. She suffers from allergies and EPI. To help Brynn with her allergy to coconut, we handcrafted a coconut-free 100% natural dog shampoo her (mentioned above!), which is available for sale in our store until June 1, 2017. We are donating 5% of all profits from the sales of Brynn’s 100% natural shampoo bar to the Epi4Dogs Foundation. You can further contribute by making a donation to Epi4Dogs.
Prior to Brynn, I had never heard of EPI. With Shepherds, we always hear about hips and elbows, but rarely do we hear about EPI. This is surprising, because according to Alexander J. German, BVSc(Hons), PhD over 60% of dogs diagnosed with EPI are German Shepherds and Shepherd mix breeds. Other breeds that are prone to EPI are Rough-Coated Collies, Terrier breeds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chow Chows and English Setters.
EPI is also know as Exocrine Pancreatic Inefficiency. This is a failure of the pancreas to produce three essential enzymes needed to digest food. These enzymes are:
Amylase: Digests starches.
Lipases: Digests fats.
Proteases: Digests protein.
When the dog’s body cannot digest food, it sits in the small intestine and basically rots. Unable to absorb nutrients to survive, the body to go into starvation mode. Eventually the body will start breaking down muscle, causing extreme weight loss. If left untreated the dog will die from starvation or organ failure.
According to statistics on Epi4Dogs, 82% of dogs with EPI often have a B12 deficiency and develop a secondary condition called Small Intestinal Dysbiosis (SID). This happens when bad bacteria is fed by the fermenting food in the small intestine and over takes the surrounding tissue.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms can often go unnoticed for months or even years. Things to look out for are:
Go see your vet and talk to them about what your options are. Common practice is to have the dog fast for 12 – 15 hours and run a blood test called trypsin-like immunoreactivity (TLI). This test measures the the dog’s ability to produce the enzymes to digest food (Amylase, Lipase, Protease). These test will return a range that will determine if the dog has EPI:
5.75–45.2: No treatment needed.
2.5 – 7.75: Treat or monitor.
2.5 or below: Treat.
Another common test to have done is to measure the levels of Cobalamin (B12). If B12 levels are too low, chances are the dog has SID.
These tests are approximately $125 USD.
Unfortunately, EPI is not curable, but it is treatable and managed through the use of enzymes, antibiotics, B12 supplements and diet changes. For more information and research, please visit EPI4DOGS.COM. They have a lot of great resources and a support form for people to seek advice.
If you want to further support EPI research, you can donate now.
The 2017 EPI Calendar project was the most successful ever!!!!
Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed to this project, 100% of the calendar donations (after product and processing expenses are deducted) go entirely to Epi4Dogs... Zero dollars go to administration fees as Epi4Dogs is a 100% volunteer organization.And i would like to also thank Susan M. for the fantastic job she did on creating every single page of the 27 calendars, show-casing all of our EPI dogs (and cats too!). Job well done!
The 2017 Calendar Project accounting is as follows:
$8,381.50 Gross Contribution Sales for 2017 Calendar Project
$1,728.29 Calendar Production Cost
$ 194.64 PayPal Activity Fees Cost
$ 658.52 Postage Cost
$ 83.09 Mailing Envelopes Cost
$5,716.28 Net Contribution Sales
Thank you EVERYONE!!!!!
2017 EPI CALENDARS
Thank you everyone for all the amazing photo submissions.... we laughed, we cried... so many emotions your pictures evoked! This year there are 27 calendars ...one month each is dedicated to every single EPI pet whose picture(s) were submitted. And..... please take a moment to THANK Butterbean's mom, Susan Messer for actually designing the calendars this year...i needed help with this project and she did a fabulous job! Thank you Susan!
If you order directly from Epi4Dogs via Paypal (see buttons below) the prices are $24 in the USA and $29 outside the USA (shipping and handling is already included in these prices)
If you order directly from the Calendar Store when viewing them... the cost is more ($26.75).
Below is an "Index Guide" of this year's 27 calendars. In the 1st column find your name , 2nd column is your pet's first name , 3rd column is the calendar listed by number that your pet is in, and the 4th column is the month(s) pets are in.
Calendar donation inside USA (shipping & handling included) will be $24 per calendar.
Calendar donation outside USA (shipping & handling included) will be $29 per calendar.
All net donations from these calendars will go in their entirety to our 501c3 public charity organization, The Epi4Dogs Foundation, Inc.
Epi4Dogs Foundation Inc.’s mission is the advancement of science and education relating to EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), yielding useful insights and positive outcomes in better managing EPI in dogs and cats. Our goals are to support and/or collaborate with veterinary EPI research and researchers, and to promote EPI awareness by educating the general public, pet owners, pet organizations, rescue and shelter organizations, veterinary schools and veterinarians.
A full accounting of calendar production & processing costs and donations will be posted on the Epi4Dogs website. In the past, we have allocated calendar donations completely to EPI Research and EPI Awareness and will continue to distribute all donations in the same manner. Zero dollars go to administration fees as Epi4Dogs is a 100% volunteer organization.
To view Calendar #1, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+1-3341174807
To purchase Calendar #1, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #2, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+2-2534022811
To purchase Calendar #2, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #3, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+3-9912793089
To purchase Calendar #3, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #4, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+4-2847780634
To purchase Calendar #4, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #5, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+5-7644985898
To purchase Calendar #5, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #6, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+6-2491555268
To view Calendar #7, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+7-5622283751
To purchase Calendar #7, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #8, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+8-3072578734
To purchase Calendar #8, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #9, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+9-8332230514
To purchase Calendar #9, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #10, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+10-2528254956
To purchase Calendar #10, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #11, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+11-3088931102
To purchase Calendar #11, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #12, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+12-3919382221
To purchase Calendar #12, click on this PayPal button:
To view Calendar #13, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+13-4277445717
To purchase Calendar #13, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #14, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+14-2927834258
To purchase Calendar #14, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #15, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+15-8531444479
To purchase Calendar #15, click on PayPal button:
To view calendar #16, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+16-7877139006
To purchase Calendar #16, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #17, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+17-7390836505
To purchase Calendar #17 click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #18, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+18-3451590006
To purchase Calendar #18, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #19, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+19-7869881343
To purchase Calendar #19, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #20, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+20-7289112299
To purchase Calendar #20, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #21, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+21-5535844185
To purchase Calendar #21, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #22, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+22-4769081416
To purchase Calendar #22, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #23, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+23-9305559489
To purchase Calendar #23, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #24, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+24-8589946438
To purchase Calendar #24, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #25, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+25-7172702034
To purchase Calendar #25, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #26, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+26-7989817742
To purchase Calendar #26, click on PayPal button:
To view Calendar #27, click on this link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2017+EPI+Calendar+27-2146174957
To purchase Calendar #27, click on PayPal button:
Cyril Panchevre was born in Anger, France. As a small child he moved with his family to Canada, then to the United States. After serving in the US Marine Corps, Cyril moved to San Antonio, Texas, where a large portion of his family had settled.
Even as a child, Cyril showed artistic ability, and his earliest memory is of becoming an artist. Cyril is a self-taught artist, enjoying and focusing on the impressionistic, photo-realism forms of painting. He has recently added animals to his repertoire of people and vehicles of all types. Cyril has also begun teaching others the joy of painting with individuals or in group classes.
Photo-realism is a genre of art in which the artist attempts to reproduce a photographic image as realistically as possible in another medium.
Cyril will donate 10% of his proceeds to the Epi4dogs Foundation, Inc. when you mention epi4dogs at the time of commission.
(i can't even express how much this painting touched my heart..... as Cyril somehow managed to perfectly capture this soulful expression of Izzy that she gives me when she is concerned about something..... it now hangs in a place of honor in our living room ... Olesia)
Please feel free to commission Cyril by contacting him at:
[email protected] or 210-388-3530
NEW !!!!!! As of September 27, 2014
We have opened up a Cafe Press store with Epi4Dogs products as a way to promote EPI awareness.
Susan's "ButterBean" quite pleased with her Cafe Press Purchases!!!!!
If you order any products, please be sure to either download/print a copy of the informational EPI Brochures to hand out (located on the Download page EPI4Dogs Downloads ) or contact [email protected] to mail you a handful of EPI4Dogs Brochures or you can request as many as you need from EnzymeDiane (located at the bottom of the EnzymeDiane order page).
Check out some EPI4Dogs products at Cafe Press..... in order to see all the items and /or buy something (FYI: doggie shirt run a little small).... please click on this link:
or this link: EPI4Dogs Cafe Press
Personalized EPI tags designed by Deb Zilisch
now available at
Stone Keepers Cottage
These double-sided EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) tags can be used to celebrate your pet's successful diagnosis and treatment of a very devastating disease, as well as to raise awareness. The addition of "SPECIAL NEEDS", your phone number and the www.epi4dogs.com website aids in getting your lost pet home safely.
The epi4dogs t-shirts in all sizes are once again available. We were sold out, but because so many of you were still asking for these great EPI conversation shirts.... we replenished our stock..... and again.....thank you to the wonderful generosity and creativity of one of our members, Susan... proud momma to Miss Butterbean .. we now have these Epi4dogs T-shirts. Just wearing on of these will really help bring awareness to EPI- - because folks just can't help themselves... when they see these t-shirts..... they will ask... "so.... what is EPI????"
The sizes are:
S = 34-36 (as of Oct 22, 2014 - -10 small shirts still available )
M = 38-40 (as of Oct 22, 2014 - - out of stock )
L = 42-44 (as of Oct 22, 2014 - - out of stock )
XL = 46-48 (as of Oct 22, 2014 - -out of stock)
XXL = 50-52 (as of Oct 22, 2014 - - out of stock )
When ordering, please select the correct box for your donation for a t-shirt
Some EPI dogs are very small and need extra small measuring spoons. These "Pinch, Dash & Smidgeon Measuring Spoons" are available at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Pinch-Dash-Smidgen-Measuring-Spoons/dp/B000E8OPVS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350077857&sr=8-2&keywords=Pinch+Dash+Smidgeon+measuring+spoons
These will measure 1/8, 1/16 and 1/32 of a teaspoon.
For Australians ..
FOR EPI OWNERS IN AUSTRALIA
organized by our EPI FORUM member, Craig and Miss Lulupants
For all of us in the Southern Hemisphere choice, or rather the lack of it, has been a major issue both for enzymes and grain free kibble. While we can't do much about the former I'm pleased to report that even over the last 6 months the number of kibbles has grown from a choice of one, occasionally stocked by a not-too-reputable retailer, to several well-stocked reliable businesses and distributors selling online with affordable delivery pricing. Hooray!
OK so here's a state-of-play for those fellow Antipodeans on the hunt for high quality, ethically sourced grain free commercial kibbles.
Canidae (4 varieties)
Great food and SA/Vic distributors, available nationwide, good meat meal content, becoming very popular. Pure Elements - Chicken meal, Turkey meal, fresh Lamb, Lamb meal & Ocean fish meal, Canidae Pure Land - Grain Free Bison & Lamb, Canidae Pure Sky - Grain Free Duck & Turkey and Canidae Pure Sea - Grain Free Salmon
Free samples are available from retailers (or the distributor if you ask nicely) see the distributor's Sample Stockist List
Taste of The Wild (four varieties).
A high quality food from the US many EPI dogs are fed with great result.
High Prairie Canine with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison; Pacific Stream Canine with Smoked Salmon; Sierra Mountain Canine with Roasted Lamb; Wild Wetlands Canine with Roasted Fowl. Website: www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com
One of the first on the scene this year, small sample bags available from stockists
Artemis Maximal Dog. Distributor's website: www.artemispetfood.com.au
New kid on the block, low fibre, low moisture content. Primitive Natural Grain Free
Primitive Natural. Manufacturer's website: www.earthbornholisticpetfood.com
A brand from across the pond in NZ, not a kibble as such but an 'air dried jerky' or wet canned, all varieties are free of any preservatives, fillers or grains
Daily Dog Range. Manufacturer's website: www.ziwipeak.com
K9Natural (another NZ brand with a small but growing range of freeze-dried raw dog food available to Australia) website: www.k9natural.com
Evo (one variety; once monopolised by a certain pet store chain, now available through a few ethical online retailers). Turkey And Chicken grain free.
I should add that the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS or Customs) no longer irradiate the kibble meaning it is not compromised on importation. Also nasties such as Ethoxyquin, Propyl Gallate etc are generally not used in these products but consult manufactures' websites for details. We'll update the Australian section on the food info page with all this shortly.
If you are from New Zealand and you would like some help with your EPI pet, whether it be for some personalized management guidance or help learning where in New Zealand to purchase products needed to manage EPI ...please feel free to contact Denise Z. directly at either at her home phone 09 443 2204 or cell phone 0274 581 428.
Denise is well respected in the EPI community and has vast knowledge of how to properly manage the health of an EPI dog. She is also one of the founders of the EPI yahoo group, k9-Global.