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What is EPI?

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, also referred to as Pancreatic Hypoplasia or Pancreatic Acinar Atrophy (PAA), is a disease of maldigestion and malabsorption, which, when left untreated, eventually leads to starvation.

The pancreas produces and secretes needed hormones, insulin, and glucagons through endocrine cells, and digestive enzymes via exocrine cells.

EPI is caused by the failure of the pancreas to secrete the digestive enzymes to break down and absorb fats, proteins, and starches. Left untreated, the animal will either starve to death or die from organ failure.

One of the major difficulties is in the prompt and accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, visible symptons may not appear until 80-95% of the pancreas has atrophied, making it difficult to diagnosis it early.

What to do

When you see or hear about an apparently starved (or extremely thin) dog, please let the owner know about EPI. Few people know that it can affect any breed and has even crossed over into the cat family. Early diagnosis and treatment improve the pets prospects.

Symptons include:

  • Gradual wasting away¬†despite voracious appetite
  • Eliminating more frequently with voluminous yellowish or grayish soft ”cow patty” stools.
  • Coprophagia (dog eats his own stools) and/or pica ( dog eats other inappropriate substances).
  • Increased rumbling sound from the abdomen and passing increased amounts of gas.
  • Intermittent watery diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Some EPI dogs even exhibit increased anxiety, becoming fearful of other dogs, people, and strange objects.¬†

GreenCuisine4Pets can help your EPI pet!

Supplements are the most common treatment option, but, according the Raw Dog Journal, "some EPI dogs have allergies and cannot tolerate the ingredients in the most common enzyme supplements. Those owners learn to develop alternative methods such as using plant enzymes, or a different source of pancreatic enzymes such as beef-based (rather than porcine-based). Raw beef, pork, or lamb pancreas can also be used. One to three ounces of raw chopped pancreas can replace one teaspoon of pancreatic extract." (Read the entire article here.)

Raw dog food, particularly pancreas, can help replace the much needed enzymes in your pet and assist them in proper digestion.

Read the EPI Quick Guide from our friends at

Click here to see customer testimonials about how raw pancreas helped their EPI dogs.

GreenCuisine4Pets has beef pancreas in stock right now for your EPI pet.

Call us now to see how we can help you.



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