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Old 12-03-2012, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Was curious as to anyone`s knowledge of this disease.One of our Shepherds got this at about 2 years old and we have had to give him powder with every meal since,it has been an up and down battle keeping weight on him.He seems to be doing well now at about 6 1/2 years,my question is,is he and are dogs with this more likely to have more and other health issues and does this cut down on the length of his life and what to expect towards the end,are there different signs we should watch for?
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have been wondering this as well. Hopefully someone will answer you, because I asked this question some months ago and didn't get a single response. We have a 9 yr old female GSD that was dx'd just after she turned 3 and has been on enzymes since with no issues.
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Nikki was diagnosed two years ago right before her first birthday. When I spoke to the internal medicine specialist he told me that once the EPI is under control they can lead a normal life just like any other dog. I have read that 1 in 5 dogs for some reason don't respond to treatment

If your dog is having problems keeping weight on it could be that he is dealing with SIBO and/or B12 issues, we are dealing with both.

There are other concurrent health issues you can read about here: Concurrent Conditions - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

epi4dogs is a wonderful group and I would highly recommend reading through all the info.

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Prognosis: EPI results from an irreversible loss of pancreatic acinar tissue in most cases, and recovery is rare. However, with appropriate management and monitoring, these animals usually gain weight quickly, pass normal stools, and can live a normal life for a normal life span.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If proper treatment is implemented and your dog responds, then usually a normal life can follow.

You are simply replacing the enxymes the pancrease is unable to produce, allowing for proper digestion of food.
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