EPI4DOGS POSITION REGARDING GRAIN-FREE FOOD/TAURINE DEFICIENCY

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Madelon
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EPI4DOGS POSITION REGARDING GRAIN-FREE FOOD/TAURINE DEFICIENCY

Post by Madelon » 24 Oct 2018, 13:37

Epi4Dogs Foundation's official position on the Grain-Free/Food Taurine issue from the Founder and Research Director, Olesia Kennedy:

Ultimately it is up to the care-giver to decide what to feed their dog ... but Epi4Dogs suggests the best way to handle this situation with an EPI dog who tends to fare better with "grain-less" foods as grains can inhibit the efficacy of the much needed enzymes that an EPI dog needs to survive ... is to scrutinize the ingredients of any commercial dog food and try to avoid foods with any pea ingredients.
MADELON and Doc. DX EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
Test Results: (1st) 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; (2nd) 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; (3rd) 10/2015 TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4. Prior to DX: May 2014 (2mos) - DX coccidia/bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Dx SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May 2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop. Regimen: 4 cups Sport Dog Food Elite Herding - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 1/2tsp Slippery Elm 2xday; Multivitamin; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Salmon Oil

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Re: EPI4DOGS POSITION REGARDING GRAIN-FREE FOOD/TAURINE DEFICIENCY

Post by jilbert57 » 08 Nov 2018, 10:08

Neither of my two dogs have EPI. Their vet emailed me a couple of days ago and was worried about their diet. I emailed back that the Acana Appalachian Ranch has 6 red meat ingredients before peas are listed. Their food is 70% red meat and white fish . The vet has the link but didn't bother to actually look at the ingredients. I feel having 6 meats listed above the peas is safe. Plus the dogs LOVE it.
The vet should have read the ingredients before emailing me all worried, in my opinion.
My name is Jill and I live on the Hood Canal in Washington State. I have two dogs: Kiya is an aussie/blue heeler and is 12 yrs young. TJ is a 3 year old Jack Russell. They keep me on my toes.
Mickey and his pancreatitis brought me to Epi4dogs.com site in 2012 to help manage it.

Mickey, Jack Russell. Chronic Pancreatitis. Dianes enzymes, 1/8t 3x/day with meals.
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