The pancreas produces enzymes that digest food and allow nutrients to be absorbed. It produces three major enzymes: amylase, lipase, and protease. Amylase breaks down carbohydrates, protease breaks down protein, and lipase breaks down fats. This breakdown is necessary for all of these dietary nutrients to be absorbed and put to use in the body. Sometimes the pancreas can not produce the enzymes needed to help your dog or cat properly digest and gain nourishment from their food. This condition is known as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). It occurs more often in dogs than cats and can be caused by pancreatitis or other pancreatic disorders.
Dogs and cats that are diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency frequently experience weight loss, diarrhea, lethargy, and increased appetite. Animals suffering from EPI also become deficient in multiple vitamins and nutrients because they cannot absorb them from the food they eat. Vitamin B12 deficiency is very common due to the fact that vitamin B12 is not produced by the body.
If you suspect your pet has pancreatic insufficiency, it is best to talk with your veterinarian. Pancreatic enzyme supplements are commonly prescribed for treatment. These are natural enzymes designed to work like the ones that your dog or cat would normally make themselves. Pancreatic supplements may also include additional sources of vitamins and nutrients such as Panzquin.
Panzquin is a pancreatic enzyme supplement for dogs and cats. This powder formula contains a concentrated source of pancreatic digestive enzymes lipase, protease, and amylase to help digest and absorb nutrients. Panzquin also includes a source of Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, to help prevent deficiency.
This easy to use, prescription powder easily mixes with food and replaces the pancreatic enzymes that your dog or cat doesn’t produce. Epizyme is a digestive aid and may be used in the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
Prescription PancrePlus is a digestive enzyme supplement that assists with digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It is also fortified with Vitamins, A, D and E for replacement nutrition that your dog or cat is unable to absorb from their diet. Choose from powder or chewable tablets.
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