Well....It is that time of the year again....if you are interested in your EPI companion being a possible participant in the 2015 EPI Calendar(s)..... start taking pictures!!!!!
Photos need to be good resolution ..... most modern digital cameras are already set to take high enough resolution pictures. Please email the photos to me as an attachment.
MY EMAIL IS: firstname.lastname@example.org
And as always, we will dedicate one month as a "Memorial" page with photo's of those EPI companions that we had to sadly say good bye to. It will be an honor to pay tribute them also.
When submitting your photos, please include:
My goal is to hopefully get these calendars mailed out to folks in plenty of time to be given out as holiday gifts, if so desired.
We are in the process of applying for a non-profit 501c3 status with the IRS. All profits from these calendars will go in it's entirety to EPI4Dogs Foundation, Inc.
"It is the mission, duty and purpose of EPI4Dogs Foundation, Inc. to be a charitable and educational organization whose purpose is the advancement of science and education of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) by raising money for EPI research and promoting EPI education through EPI awareness efforts."
A full accounting of calendar sales and proceeds will be posted on the epi4dogs website. In the past, we have donated all the calendar proceeds to EPI Research and EPI Awareness and will continue to distribute the funds in the same manner.
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
M = 38-40
L = 42-44
XL = 46-48
XXL = 50-52
These T-shirts are available for only $20 per shirt which includes all taxes, shipping and handling charges.
For orders inside the USA... please purchase here:
For orders outside the USA...please purchase here ($8 added for international shipping charges)
Thank you EVERYONE for all the wonderful pictures... this year over 800 pictures were submitted from about 160 people !!! We created 6 EPI calendars!
You can continue to view/order these calendars here http://www.createphotoproducts.com/Store/Animals
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR A STELLAR YEAR !!!
PROFITS FROM THESE CALENDARS WERE DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN EPI GENETICS and EPI AWARENESS FUND
2014 EPI Calendars:
1 2 3
4 5 6
If your vet in the USA does not carry Tylan (antibiotic for SIBO) you can order it from the following:
Lambert Vet Supply http://www.lambertvetsupply.com/Tylan_Soluble_Powder_100_gm-P39033.aspx
If you are in the UK..... you can get Tylan from the following places.... with a prescription from your vet (Thank you Esme for this information!)
Or have your vet directly contact the Bristol Vet School for a consult in EPi and a prescrip for Tylan powder for SID (SIBO). http://www.bristol.ac.uk/vetscience/
If you are in Australia and your vet does not think Tylan is available..... please have your vet check this out (Thanks Craig!!!):
Some manufacturer details for your vet if they need it (their rep should be able to get it easily. It is prescription only in Australia). Costs $80-90 and lasts ages.
Tylan Soluble 100
Elanco Animal Health.
A division of Eli Lilly Australia Pty. Ltd.
112 Wharf Road, West Ryde, N.S.W. 2114
Telephone Toll Free 1800 226 324
If you are in India...... you have access to 2 different products of Tylosin.. BUT you will need to talk to your pharmacist or vet to re-calculate the dosage since both of these other Tylosin products ARE NOT the same potency as the USA Elanco's "Tylan Powder"... hence why you will need your vet or pharmacist to re-calculate the dosage equivalent to the USA Elanco's "Tylan Powder".
2. Virbac; TROX SOLUBLE Powder Composition Tylosin Tartrate IP http://www.veterinaryproducts1.com/supplier/virbac/veterinary-products.html
Veterinarian clinical studies recommend generic B12 serum to supplement an EPI dog with low B12 levels. When given a B12 (Cyanocobalamin) injection, the B12 goes right into the blood stream. If B12 is digested, it then needs the Intrinsic Factor to transport the B12 from the digestive system into the blood stream. Unfortunately, the EPI condition destroys the inherent intrinsic factor ... and this is why generic B12 supplements in pill/capsule form that is ingested does not work well ... hence the B12 injection recommendation.
However, what we have observed here on epi4dogs and at k9-EPI Global is that, although there is no clinically controlled research to back up our claims, many EPI pet owners have used special B12 capsules that have the Intrinsic Factor included in the contents of Methycobalamin B12 (which is more potent than Cyanocobalamin) and when their dogs with low B12 are re-tested (via Cobalamin blood test) after being on these special B12 capsules, their B12 levels were greatly improved. This Methylcobalamin B12 with the Intrinsic Factor has been available in the USA, but now, thanks to Chemeyes, LLC for accommodating epi4dogs, Chemeyes http://www.chemeyes.co.uk/now carries a Trinfac B product (capsule) that is of the same composition as the Wonderlabs Trinfac B product.
Chemeyes, LLC "Trinfac B" with Intrinsic Factor" http://www.chemeyes.co.uk/#!gut-health/c1xam
or you can email Cameron directly at: email@example.com or call him at: 0845 838 1367
Vitamin B12 as methylcobalamine: 1000mcg
Intrinsic Factor: 40mg
Wonderlabs "TRINFAC-B" can be purchased at: http://www.wonderlabs.com/itemleft.php?itemnum=6881
Vitamin B12 (Methycobalamin) 1000mcg
Intrinsic Factor 40mg
If you are interested in giving B12 injections at home, ask your vet to show you how to do it properly. Ask your vet if you can purchase the B12 serum from them... or....you can purchase it from your pharmacist, or on-line.
Rubramin PC® (Cyanocobalamin Injection) contains cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) in a clear, red, sterile, nonpyrogenic, aqueous solution in a potency of 1000 mcg/mL (cobalt: 40 mcg/mL) for intramuscular use. Each mL of solution also contains 10 mg benzyl alcohol as a preservative and sodium chloride for isotonicity; pH has been adjusted between 4.5 and 7.0 with sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid.
Cyanocobalamin is very hygroscopic in the anhydrous form, and sparingly soluble in water (1:80). The vitamin B12 coenzymes are very unstable in light.
Rubramin PC® - Clinical Pharmacology
B12 (Cobalamin) Serum now available in Australia (April 2013):
There is now a B12 injectable liquid available in Australia which can be purchased from various pet stores and online sources. Many vets that give your EPI dog a B12 injection will already be using this particular brand and product - It is made by Troy and its composition is Cyanocobalamin 1.0mg/mL. It is not a multi-plex B12 or other strain of the vitamin.
Some dogs may require ongoing injections (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) if they are unable to keep a high enough B12 level utilising Wonderlabs Trinfac B12 pill. Needles and syringes can be purchased directly from your vet or from a local pharmacy, as well as the needle disposal bin for a small fee of under $10.
A few online sources of Vitamin B12 are:
Be sure to discuss this avenue with your vet if this is something you would like to partake in.
Depending on where you source the needles and syringes from, you are looking at approximately $40-$50 which will include the B12 liquid, needles, syringes and the needle disposal bin. Prices are subject to change depending on where you make the purchases from and will vary from state to state.
As per Texas A&M Gastroenterology Lab posted on http://www.epi4dogs.com/b12.htm the recommended dosages of Cobalamin for EPI dogs and cats is as follows:
Animal Bodyweight Range (Dose/injection)
· Cats, dogs up to 5 kg (10 lb) 250 µg (0.25mL)
· Dogs, 5-15kg (10-30 lb) 400 µg (0.4mL)
· Dogs, 15-30 kg (30-65 lb) 800 µg (0.8mL)
· Dogs, 30-45 kg (65-100 lb) 1200 µg (1.2mL)
· Dogs above 45 kg (100 lb) 1500 µg (1.5mL)
B12 (Cobalamin) Availability in Canada
B12 Injectible Serum from Alveda Pharma soon to be available (Aug 2013) at http://thepetpharmacy.ca/
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.
The harness is from Julius K9 - bought from - the custom wording on the vest is in the form of velcro patches, which can be bought at the same retailer: http://www.outrunnerdog.com/
Lots of colors available, lots of different patch options. Turnaround was great, less than a week.
Leah's "Revy" with her "DO NOT FEED" vest
Kelli's also purchased on of these vests and her dog, "Addie" loves it!
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.
One of our EPI members have a SWIM SPA for ailing dogs that need therapy in Templeton Christchurch New Zealand. If you have a need for water therapy for your pet, please check out:
03 349 0424
June: 021 250 1012
Chris: 021 183 1424
A swimming session is half an hour. The first session is only $25.00
Regular swims are $30.00 per swimming session.
Two dogs (at same time) $35.00 per swimming session. Several times a week can be negotiated.
A private label wine "FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS" from Chateau Morrisette, Floyd, Virginia was available but currently out of stock... Orders are taken on-line and at the winery... HOWEVER.... we will continue to keep this on our website as we were one of the first in the country to private label a wine in order to support research for the benefit of dogs.
A portion of the proceeds from all sales went directly to fund Genetic EPI Research currently being conducted at Clemson University in the Genetic department.
We are very pleased to announce that Therapeutic Pet Solutions, the makers of the Shiny Paw® All-Natural Pet Care Products have agreed to partner with epi4dogs in raising money for EPI Genetic Research. 10% of all sales (excluding applicable taxes and shipping) will be sent to epi4dogs.com to support EPI Research. Please click on the picture or the link Shiny Paw® to go to Shiny Paw® and start using their all-natural therapeutic products.
We are especially honored at this partnership because after using Shiny Paw® products we were so impressed with the results that we contacted the company President and asked if they would consider working together with us.
Dr. Leigh Anne Clark on Shiny Paw® products:
"My collie, Chase, has very sensitive skin and a coat that is incredibly difficult to maintain. The Shiny Paw scented shampoo and conditioner made him feel so soft and clean ... as if he just returned from the groomers. And he was happy- -no skin irritation frequently caused by other products used in the past. I particularly enjoy the coat and skin freshener which really revitalizes his coat when i don't have enough time to give him a bath... a truly amazing line of products!"
Check it out! All products are reasonably priced, high-performance and contain only natural & organic plant extracts (the fragrance is divine!), vitamins & oils, effecting therapeutic & healing results for our fur babies. These products are environmentally safe, 100% biodegradable, soap & detergent free and never tested on laboratory animals.
For every item purchase.... 10% of all sales $$ proceeds (excluding taxes and shipping) coming through the EPI link will go towards helping find the genetic marker(s) to EPI ... hopefully someday eradicating this insidious disease from man's best friend.