There are alternatives to treatments for EPI dogs. For enzymes, Cobalamins (B12) and for inflammatory bowel disease prevention.
The alternative enzymes
Enzymes are an integral part of the basic treatment for CAI. The costs are often exorbitant in Canada, but luckily there are less expensive but equally effective alternatives. We find a wide range of enzymes in Canada that are unfortunately ineffective for EPI. Enzymes, mainly plant based, are a good digestive aid for most dogs, but unfortunately, they do not have sufficient enzyme concentrations for EPI. Therefore, it is necessary to give enzymes that are not plant based but based on pig pancreas for optimal effectiveness.
Cobalamin is an essential vitamin and even more so in EPI dogs. Intrinsic factor is mainly secreted by the pancreas in dogs. Without intrinsic factor no metabolism is possible. This is the main reason why 80% of EPI dogs are deficient in cobalamin (B12). As EPI is a Pancreatic Acinar Atrophy (PAA), the more the exocrine pancreas is atrophied, the less it will be able to secrete enough intrinsic factor to be able to maintain a reasonable level of cobalamin. In addition, this vitamin B12 is formulated with methylcobalamin which is more beneficial than cyanocobalamin for EPI dogs. It contains the necessary intrinsic factor to maximize the efficiency of its metabolism and the maintenance of optimal levels of cobalamin in his system.
Slippery Elm Bark
Many EPI dog owners widely use Slippery Elm Bark. It is a prebiotic mucilage that coats and soothes the digestive tract and is loaded with the SCFA (short-chain fatty acid, “Butyrate”) that is known to fight SID (small intestinal dysbiosis). Sometimes adding Slippery Elm with a little water to a meal is sufficient enough to get SID under good control, alleviating the need for a course of antibiotics. Although this is not always guaranteed to work, it is well worth trying.
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The above products have been widely used to keep EPI dogs healthy.
Remember, your veterinarian will always be your professional reference for your pet’s health.