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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

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Dog exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or EPI, is a serious disease whereby the pancreas fails to produce the correct amount of digestive enzymes which causes severe digestive problems. If left untreated, EPI can cause malabsorption and ultimately starvation, organ failure and even death!

Causes of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

There are three main causes of EPI:

  • Pancreatic acinar atrophy (PAA)
    The most common cause of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, pancreatic acinar atrophy is a condition in which the pancreas undergoes atrophy. It reduces in size. While PAA can occur in any dog, particularly large-breed dogs, it most commonly occurs in German Shepherd Dogs and Rough-Coated Collies.
  • Chronic pancreatitis
    A chronic disease of the pancreas. This can ultimately lead to dog exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, a disease which is much more serious than pancreatitis itself.
  • Pancreatic hypoplasia
    The result of a dog being born without a fully functional pancreas.

Symptoms of exocrine pancreatic Insufficiency

Unfortunately, the symptoms of dog exocrine pancreatic insufficiency can also be symptomatic of other canine health problems. That said, they include:

  • Lose stools or diarrhoea
    The stool will be a light yellow or clay colour with poor to extremely poor consistency.
  • Increased appetite
    A dog’s appetite never seems to be satiated no matter how much it eats.
  • Weight loss
    Weight loss effecitively resulting from malabsorption.
  • Increased wind
    Markedly increased wind from normal.
  • Coprophagia
    Eating its own faeces or perhaps eating other unusual things like plants or dirt.

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BOOK A CONSULTATION

While your vet will need to initially treat your dog’s exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, the condition can still be much improved with a healthy fresh food diet. If your dog is suffering from EPI and you are looking for a healthy diet to improve its condition, please book a consultation using the link above.

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.

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Fresh food has been proven to improve dog health.
Know exactly what's in your dog's food.
80% of canine health issues can be improved with healthy food.
There are no chemicals or artificial additives in homemade food.
Life expectancy has been proven greater with fresh food.

Do you really need any more reaons to improve your dog's diet?

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