Weekly Pet Quiz: Native Dogs, EPI and Pet Insurance

1 In which dog breed is EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) seen the most?

  • Doberman
  • Chihuahua
  • Boxer
  • German Shepherd

    Canine exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which is usually shortened to EPI, is a mouthful of a name for a disorder in which the pancreas doesn't produce enough digestive enzymes. These enzymes include amylase to digest starches, lipase to digest fats and proteases to digest protein. Without sufficient quantities of these enzymes, the food that is eaten is poorly digested and poorly absorbed. EPI is most often seen in German Shepherds, a breed predisposed to the disorder, but it can occur in any breed or mixed-breed dog. The condition is very rare in kitties, thank goodness. Learn more.

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