Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Pets with EPI

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, also known as EPI, is a condition that affects an animal’s ability to produce digestive enzymes. Without digestive enzymes, the animal is unable to properly breakdown food, making important nutrients unavailable for absorption. This condition is commonly called maldigestion syndrome, because food passes through the digestive tract without being utilized. The condition can be devastating to pet owners, because although the animal may be eating, he is technically starving to death. The pet’s fur can become dull and thin, and digestive symptoms like diarrhea and blood in the stool can signal the presence of this condition.
EPI is caused by dysfunction of the pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for storing and producing digestive enzymes necessary for fat, carbohydrate, and protein digestion. When the pancreas fails to properly perform, the animal is deprived of essential nutrients. EPI can be a secondary condition to malignancy or infection. A more uncommon cause of EPI is its development as an inherited condition. Genetic EPI is most common in German Shepherds. As an inherited disease, the pancreas cells begin to die at an early age. Cats can also be afflicted with EPI, although it’s more commonly seen in dogs.
The diagnosis of EPI is done through both blood and fecal tests that measure the amount of digestive enzymes being produced by the pancreas. Unfortunately, symptoms typically don’t develop until nearly 90% of the pancreas is damaged. This means that by the time the animal presents with symptoms, the pancreas is almost completely damaged.
The promising part of EPI is that there is an easy and effective remedy available. Dogs and cats with EPI require life-long treatment, but oral supplementation with digestive enzymes offers rapid and extremely beneficial results. Obtaining digestive enzymes from the vet may be expensive, and are not utilized by all veterinarians. However, there are digestive enzymes available direct from the manufacturer.
AST enzymes offers digestive enzymes in powder form, enclosed in capsules. As an all-natural treatment, the cellulose capsule can be placed in the animal’s food, or the powder can be mixed in with the animal’s food – providing a boost of digestive enzymes that allow the animal to absorb critical nutrients necessary for survival. Although there is no standardized dosage available, AST enzymes has nutritionists on staff that can help explain the proper use of digestive enzymes and the best method of deliver on a case-by-case basis.
As an enzyme manufacturer, AST enzymes produces several types of digestive enzymes – each focused on the breakdown of specific nutrients, while offering broad-spectrum protection. Clinical studies confirm that digestive enzymes pose no risk or adverse side effects in animals. Digestive enzymes could potentially save your pet’s life, and it’s important to explore this route if your pet has been diagnosed with EPI or another condition that causes maldigestion. Furthermore, digestive enzyme therapy can be utilized with other forms of treatment – as it has no drug-nutrient interactions. Animals treated with digestive enzymes can be given a good long-term prognosis. Although complete recovery from EPI is somewhat rare, animals reaping the benefits of digestive enzyme therapy can attain positive health status.


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