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  1. New to Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), need answers or just plain out of ideas? This is where you start, this is your quick start guide to getting you and your dog back on track to a healthy and long life. Never give up and don't hesitate to ask for help

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  2. The only way to confirm Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) is with a TLI (Trypsin-Like Immunoreactivity) blood test. If your dog is newly diagnosed with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), once the dog appears to be stabling out (after starting treatment with enzymes) Not necessary, but if possible, talk to your vet about re-testing with another TLI test to eliminate any rare false-positive reads and confirm EPI.

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  3. Enzymes the mainstay of keeping Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) dogs well.

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  4. Probiotic s help Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) dogs maintain balance during and after antibiotic use and help maintain a SIBO free happy life.

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  5. Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) and SIBO go hand in hand with many dogs, If you have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) please post in this section

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  6. The reason behind the Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency disease and understanding the functions of the pancreas will help you treat your pet.

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  7. Most Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) dogs don't have just EPI, they usually have one or a host of other medical conditions. We Will try to address the common ancillary medical conditions, but if your pet has something we don't have listed please let us know.

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    1. When your dog scoots its rear end across the floor it most likely isn’t due to worms. Dogs scoot when their anal sacs are uncomfortable. Anal glands and anal sacs are part of normal canine anatomy. Because of EPI and loose stool they can become a concurrent due to the anus not being stretched as stool is passed

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    2. This article discusses the essential role of the canine immune system in maintaining the body's overall general health and resistance to disease. The focus will be on environmental factors or events which may cause or trigger immune dysfunction leading to either immune deficiency or immune stimulation (reactive or autoimmunity). Related to these events is the development of cancer which is a disruption of cell growth control.

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    3. Diabetes mellitus is a common endocrine disease of dogs and requires life-long therapy. Nutritional management is an important part of the treatment regimen and feeding guidelines based on evidence from well-designed clinical studies are essential.

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    4. Diarrhea is the passing of loose or liquid stool, more often than normal. Diarrhea can be caused by diseases of the small intestine, large intestine or by diseases of organs other than the intestinal tract. Your ability to answer questions about your pet's diet, habits, environment and specific details about the diarrhea can help the veterinarian narrow the list of possible causes, and to plan for specific tests to determine the cause of diarrhea.

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    5. Help dealing with daily maintenance with a dog having Seizures and the medications to treat the illness

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    6. The thyroid glands located in the neck produce hormones that affect the function of many parts of the body. Although thyroid disease in cats often causes over productive glands and too much hormone, dogs with thyroid disease usually have a low production of thyroid hormones.

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    7. Inflammatory bowel disease is a condition in which the intestine is chronically infiltrated by inflammatory cells. It is characterized by certain cells invading the wall of the intestine or stomach. The cells are those associated with inflammation, which is the body's reaction to an insult or injury.

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    8. Perianal fistulas are tunnel-like formations in the skin and deeper tissues that surround the anal area of dogs. The lesions vary in severity but at first appear as small oozing holes in the skin. These holes may become wide and deep and surround the entire circumference of the anus. Although this condition can occur in any dog, German shepherds are most commonly affected (80% of cases). Perianal fistulas may cause severe pain and discomfort and, if not controlled, may be responsible for a dramatic reduction in quality of life. This disease shows many similarities to Crohn's disease in people.

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    9. The H3N8 canine influenza virus (CIV) is a fairly new virus, which originated with horses and now also infects dogs. Every dog exposed to H3N8 will become infected. About 80 percent will develop flu-like symptoms; the remainder won’t become ill.

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    10. Pannus is an abnormal layer of fibrovascular tissue or granulation tissue. Common sites for pannus formation include over the cornea, over a joint surface

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    11. Discerning a UTI from UI is not always a easy task with a EPI dog, because of loose stools EPI dogs have a higher rate of UTI's the a healthy dog. Here is information that might help you distinguish the difference.

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    12. Vomiting is a very common problem in dogs and cats. There are many causes of vomiting. Primary or gastric causes of vomiting are those that are due to diseases of the stomach and upper intestinal tract. Secondary or non-gastric causes of vomiting are caused by diseases of other organs that cause an accumulation of toxic substances in the blood. These toxic substances stimulate the vomiting center in the brain causing the animal to vomit.

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  8. How important it is to include "The Role of Nutrition" in treating your Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) pet.

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    1. Learning about how Green tripe can help you dog live a longer healthier life... Natural Probiotics and many other nutrients not found in commercial dog foods

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  9. Before and After Photos of dogs with EPI - Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. Thanks to Peter and everyone else who has posted photos of their dogs before and after diagnosing EPI to give new EPI dog owners hope!

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  10. Behavior issues from fear, aggression or medication induced

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  11. Training is the one of the most crucial keys to a well balanced dog an healthy family integration and more!

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  12. When drugs, surgery and conventional Veterinary medicine isn't working; Reach to Alternative medicine for a possible solution.

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  13. The unfortunate thing about vaccinosis is that people don't get involved in learning about it until after there is a problem, and by then it's often too late. Vaccinosis is the term used for "reactions our pets have to being vaccinated." It is far more common than we are lead to believe. In fact, most veterinarians refuse to talk about it because they are the ones who give the shots that cause Vaccinosis

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  14. We strive to bring our members and the EPI community Product recalls and when a Pet Food Manufacturer reformulates products and does not notify the consumer. Thank you Marilyn for requesting this section to be added to the site.

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  15. Here are links to Files and references that we recommend to Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) owners, care takers, Vets and anyone who has animals and cares to learn more to help manage a EPI dog and insure the well being of other pets.

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    1. Slippery elm poultices are a mainstay of herbal medicine for treating itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin as well as cuts, scrapes, scratches, and minor burns. The mucilage in slipper elm bark also relieves inflammation and irritation in the throat and urinary tract when the herb is taken as a tea or infusion. Slippery elm also helps neutralize excess stomach acid. Scientists believe that the mucilages activate a reflex that causes the stomach to secrete more of its own protective mucus. Slippery elm is used in natural medicine to treat chronic diarrhea, esophagitis, gastritis, peptic and duodenal ulcers, and ulcerative colitis.

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  16. Here are links to books that we recommend to Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) owners, care takers, Vets and anyone who has animals and cares to learn more to help manage a EPI dog and insure the well being of other pets.

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  17. This is our video section we will have videos showing you how to give B12 shots, Properly mixing enzymes and food, how to check for mouth ulcerations and many more topics coming soon!

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  18. This is our PodCast Section we will have PodCasts on many topics coming soon!

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  19. Making Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency to (EPI) is easy but there are many acronyms that might nit be so easily understood. Well here a place to find out what they mean.

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  20. Other health issues for our pets

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