Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) Owner Factsheet

Almost all dogs will suffer from diarrhoea at some point in their lives. In most cases this lasts no more than a few days and dogs generally get better without any treatment. However, in a few cases the diarrhoea is due to a more serious underlying cause and does not resolve. EPI is one of the conditions that can result in chronic diarrhoea. EPI results in a reduced ability to digest food this means that an affected pet will suffer from chronic diarrhoea and be significantly underweight. Dogs with EPI have a good appetite but despite consuming lots of food they are literally starving. Your vet is best placed to advise you on any illness in your pet so if you are worried about your pet's health a visit to the vet's surgery for a check over is always warranted.

What is EPI?

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Why has my dog got EPI?

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How would I know if my dog had EPI?

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How will my vet know that my dog has EPI?

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What is the treatment for EPI?

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Will my dog get better?

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