Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
General information on Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is a disorder where the pancreas does not produce an adequate amount of enzymes for digestion.
This results in poor digestion and poor food absorption. Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency can be seen in any breed but is most commonly in German shepherds.
Symptoms of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Weight loss will occur even when the dog has a voracious appetite. The dog may also pass large amounts of semi-formed feces.
Dogs may eat their own stools, or other inappropriate substances such as dirt. Watery diarrhea or vomiting can also be signs of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
Treatments for Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency cannot be cured. Diet including powdered pancreatic enzyme extract mixed in with each meal will help the dogs appetite and the dogs stools will become more normal. Weight gain should return to the dog after maintaining the correct diet.
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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency experience by - Karen
My 4 year old yellow lab Zoey was diagnosed with pacreatic insufficiency a couple of months ago, after months of recurring (constant?) diarrhea, that was not responding to multiple courses of antibiotics. I want to issue a huge thank you the helpmyhound.com as the information that I found here helped me give my vet additional information and she gladly ran the complete GI blood test that confirmed the diagnosis. Now that Zoey is being given pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, powder for her food, she has been symptom free and feeling much better and has gained back all of the weight, 9 lbs., that she lost. And since I have pet insurance that covers chronic conditions, my out of pocket expenses have been limited to my $100 deductible!
Note to Missy (owner of the toy poodle), if you suspect that your dog has this disease, the only way to confirm it is to have a complete GI (gastro-intestinal) blood test, which, among other things, checks pancreatic enzyme levels. Another recommendation for you - BEFORE you have the test run, purchase pet insurance - the test is expensive (I paid about $175) and the treatment (enzyme replacement therapy) is also very expensive, about $100/month for my 60 lb. dog. Doing it before you confirm diagnosis will ensure that the insurance company cannot say it was a pre-existing condition and therefore deny coverage. Good luck to you
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