Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)

EPI is a digestive disorder which impacts a dog’s ability to produce the pancreatic enzyme needed to digest his/her food.  It may also be referred to as pancreatic acinar atrophy (PAA).  Without supplemental pancreatic enzyme added with each meal, dogs with EPI are not able to digest their food and show symptoms of starvation, including weight loss, loose stools, and increased appetite.  While currently there is no cure, EPI is readily treated by adding appropriate pancreatic enzyme supplements to each meal.