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01-10-2014 08:37 PM
Darth_Ariel I bookmarked them both to save, thank you both. If he does need it for basic digestion stuff, that enzyme looks like one that's affordable and the reviews are pretty good on it which is a comfort.
01-10-2014 07:55 PM
JakodaCD OA I haven't got any real experience with EPI, however, masi had a gut gurgling issue for quite sometime , would eat dirt/leaves etc..I started giving her this as someone recommended it
In Clover Fresh Digest Daily Digestive Enzymes & PreBiotics for Dogs at PETCO

gurgling is gone, stools are great, I think it does help with her digestion. As a side, if you do get it, this is the cheapest I've found it, I take a copy of the online petco ad, and they'll give you that price on the store merchandise (in store it was 4 bucks more expensive)..

Not sure it will help any, but thought I'd throw that out there
01-10-2014 07:38 PM
ken k
Originally Posted by Darth_Ariel View Post
As much as I'd like to, I cannot afford to just go get the test. If it was $60 no problem, I'd do it in a heartbeat. But $200 on top of a $60 visit, I cannot do right now. I just saved every single dollar from Christmas just for him to get neutered 2 days ago and when he was finished they suggested they were concerned he might have EPI.
I understand about the money, you might try contacting Dr. Clark she was or still is doing research on EPI and at one time she was testing samples for free, worth an email
Clemson University | Department of Genetics and Biochemistry | Faculty - Dr. Leigh Anne Clark
01-10-2014 07:25 PM
Darth_Ariel Thank you for all of your help. I've been reading other sites besides the paper she gave me for more complete symptoms and he is gassy, but so is my lab after they switched food 3 weeks ago. He's a semi-loud digester but only for 30 minutes or so during morning meal and it's only so much that I can hear him lying in bed right next to me in a silent room.
The eating non food items has been since he was 9 weeks old, but stools are just like my other dog and those before him and he has gained in the 3 weeks of more/adult food. 5lbs isn't much but from the sound of it he wouldn't be gaining at all.

I'm going to try the cottage cheese in the immediate and go from there, since that's what everyone's advice here has pointed me to. Thank you for all of the opinions and experience. I really appreciate all of it.
01-10-2014 07:17 PM
sarah1366 My first dog had pancreatic deficiency and I was advised to feed him on a dog food called skinners was specially designed for pancreatic deficiency he lived a full life a d if kept him going no runs Nd great weight they also suggest raw like tripe it does help

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01-10-2014 07:13 PM
Saphire I second what Lee has said. Your dog isn't fitting with EPI at the moment, is not sickly or struggling. Has had multiple surgeries and is still in recovery mode. I would monitor and supplement. If money is tight, order some Sundae Sunday, feed good food and monitor.
01-10-2014 06:38 PM
Darth_Ariel As much as I'd like to, I cannot afford to just go get the test. If it was $60 no problem, I'd do it in a heartbeat. But $200 on top of a $60 visit, I cannot do right now. I just saved every single dollar from Christmas just for him to get neutered 2 days ago and when he was finished they suggested they were concerned he might have EPI.
01-10-2014 06:32 PM
ken k its better to do the blood work, that guess and feed enzymes, normal stool`s is not a symptom of EPI, but then again no 2 dogs are the same, your pup may be in the very early stages of EPI
01-10-2014 06:26 PM
Darth_Ariel Heidi-I probably totally did it wrong, hopefully they won't get annoyed at my lack of intro and straight into the heart of the problem. I normally follow the rules! Diane's looked semi-pricy as well. I'm beyond broke with the one problem after another so I'm really hoping they don't think so either.

Wolfstraum-I think he'll love that alternative since I had been giving him some to up his calcium when I was helping him with his ears. That makes me feel better a bit. Thank you.
01-10-2014 06:18 PM
wolfstraum cottage cheese is what I was thinking of.....if you can get regular not low fat it will be better....

it really does not sound like EPI.....anything's possible, but he is just growing and 26 month old is thin too....he got soft stools from holding it now and then, but I have no worries that he has EPI...I am starting to supplement him with some cottage cheese to up his calories

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