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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs (EPI)

By: Dr. Bari Spielman

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Optimal treatment for your dog requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be crucial, especially if your dog does not improve as expected.

Administer as directed all medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Contact your veterinarian if you are having difficulty treating your dog.

Diarrhea usually resolves within 1 to 2 weeks of treatment. Stabilization of body weight is followed by weight gain. You should contact your veterinarian if your dog does not respond as expected. Your veterinarian may recommend additional diagnostic tests to evaluate for other concurrent illnesses or may institute antibiotic therapy (metronidazole, oxytetracycline) if intestinal bacterial overgrowth is suspected.

After several weeks to months, your veterinarian may be able to decrease the amount of pancreatic supplementation administered.

EPI is an irreversible disease and lifelong treatment is required. The prognosis in dogs with EPI alone is good with appropriate therapy.


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