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.
And what better way to do this than through the social media of Twitter and Instagram! Click each dog's picture for a direct link to their individual story!
So...something is just not right with your dog (or cat) ... you have taken your pet to the vet, they tested for all the usual suspects, like Giardia, gave antibiotics, things cleared up for a little bit but then the same problem comes back. Some of the signs/symptoms you are seeing may be:
Gradual wasting away despite a voracious appetite
Eliminating much more frequently, sometimes every hour or two
Stools are greasy voluminous yellowish cow-plops, but sometimes grayish
Eating their own stools, or other inappropriate substances
Increased rumbling sounds from the abdomen
Increased passing amounts of flatulence
Some dogs do not show any typical signs
Some experience intermittent watery diarrhea or vomiting
Some dogs even display personality changes such as fearfulness or sudden aggression
If any of this sounds familiar... before spending any more money on additional tests, and your dog continuing to suffer.... please have your vet check for
EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency).
All is takes is a simple blood test. Have your vet drawn blood for a TLI (trypsin-like immunoreactivity blood test) (food-fast your dog 12 hours prior to test). Anything 2.5 and below is clinically EPI. Anything 5.7 to 2.5 may be suspect. Normal range is between 5.7 – 45.2
EPI can manifest anytime in a dog’s life - - from a young pup to an elderly dog, with the severity and symptoms of the disease varying somewhat with each dog. Sometimes the dog has the condition but symptoms do not appear at all, or not until exacerbated or triggered through a stressful physical or emotional situation.
Whenever there is persistent gastro upsets and weight loss in any breed, it is advisable & economical to do a cTLI blood test.