When you leave the vet’s office with your pet newly diagnosed with EPI you are probably thinking about the costs that the vet has just thrown at you. Perhaps it was a bag of prescription food at $80, and a 12 oz bottle of enzymes at $150, then there are the antibiotics and b12 shots and your mind is swimming. Take a step back and look at the list below. There are other enzyme options.
There are Prescription enzymes, over the counter enzymes and then the Pancreatin sold at EnzymeDiane.com. These enzymes are all relatively the same. They are porcine based and most pets tolerate them well.
Check out the cost differences, the prices differ from 37 cents a teaspoon to almost $2 a teaspoon! EPI dogs should have a low fiber diet (old research suggested to restrict fat). There are pets that can have a bit more fat or fiber and do fine. Each EPI pet is different here is a possible list of foods to try. While most do better on a grain free diet I fed my EPI dog a kibble that had rice in it.
By doing some reading and talking to those that are dealing with an EPI pet you will be able to find more cost effective ways to treat EPI.
These are basic costs of treating EPI. These are estimates and you may find things to be more or less expensive in your area You may also choose to use Probiotics, vitamins and other supplements. This is only a basic list of the minimum a dog with EPI may require.
Pancreatin 6x Enzyme Supplement — $145.00 – including shipping per kilo/approx 32 ounces/357 tsp
Prescription and Non Prescription — $80-$200 – per 8-12 ounces
Porcine based enzyme tablets — $.25-$1.50 per tablet – 7 tablets = 1 tsp of powder
Dog Food – Meets EPI guidelines of below 4% fiber
Food with grains — $25 and up – 40 pound bag
Grain Free foods — $35 and up – 35 pound bag
Raw Diet homemade — varies
Raw Diet store bought — varies – per pound
Cobalamin – B12 treatments
Shots from vet — $20-$50 each
Shots at home — $14-$50 per year *check at a local pharmacy that does low cost or free prescriptions.
Also check www.Wonderlabs.com Pet Factor B12 tablets
Metronidazole — $61 and up – 30 day supply
Tylan powder — $50 30 day – plus suppy