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Just got a call from my Vet, and Rocky has EPI. They received the results of his blood work from Texas A&M this morning. I've been reading about it and it can be overwhelming!!! We have been battling with loose poops for 1-½ months now, and have been treating for what the Vet first thought was colitis.
We recently have switched him over to a raw diet, and from what I’ve read that could be a good thing. I’m going to contact a raw supplier in our area on Monday to talk about what would be the best choice food wise for Rocky. The Vet is ordering a prescription medicine, and I requested a powder for him. So, please anything that could help us out feel free and let me know about it. I’m kind of crushed right now!!:(
 

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Try not to get overwhelmed by a diagnosis of EPI. Our previous GSD, Rappex, had EPI and he lived a great life. We fed kibble, (I just didn't have the time to do a Raw diet properly), but if you can, that is great. We used Viokase powder, as the prescription enzyme and it worked very well. There are other generics out there that I have heard are good also, Pancreazyme, Epizyme, etc, I just don't have experience with them.

Basically Rocky will need the enzyme powder on all of his meals. Once you start using the enzyme, you will see a difference in Rocky's stools fairly quickly, 24-48 hours. Treats can be an issue, as you won't be able to put the enzyme on them. We gave Rappex a couple of treats a week and he was fine, but you will have to learn how much untreated food Rocky can handle. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions! I lived with this for years and I understand how stressful it can feel at first. Compared to so many of the things dogs can get, this isn't the worst. Expensive, yes. . .but totally a livable condition. :)
 

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there is a yahoogroup for dogs with EPI. Tons of info. It's called EPI Global. Josie also has EPI and i have gone through lots of trial error to figure out what works for her. Life may have to be adjusted but you get used to it. It was a hassle in the beginning but now it's just part of everyday life. Many dogs with EPI live a long time :).
 

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Do a search for EPI support groups. There is a group out there that is able to buy the enzymes in bulk and save you quite a bit of money.
 
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