I have a 90 lbs. white, German shepherd who suffers from pancreatic atrophy. The severity of the illness nearly took her life until our vet was able to diagnose the illness and put her on a pancreatic enzyme called Viokase-V. The contents of each 2.8 g are Lipase, 71,400 USP units; Protease, 388,000 USP units; and Amylase, 460,000 USP units. This supplement has deﬁnitely stabilized my dog’s health, as she has gained nearly all her weight back and her stools have become ﬁrm again. Is toxic gut syndrome synonymous with pancreatic atrophy? The symptoms seem very similar. While the Viokase is effective, it is very expensive at $120.00 per 12 oz bottle. Would your Everyday Health supplement be able to treat my dog’s ailment as effectively? This would save me a lot of money, but at the same time I’m unwilling to jeopardize my dog’s health. Please advise.
Tim L., Arizona
Some of these cases are definitely helped a great deal by the supplement. There are some forms of pancreatic problems that are not. If she were my dog, I would try her on a small bottle of the supplement and see if it works. We do recommend a higher dose of supplement, e.g., 1-1/2 times the regular dose. You should know in two weeks how it will help. You will not jeopardize the health of your dog to feed the supplement, as there are other ingredients that will prevent toxic gut. Toxic gut is when there is an overgrowth of bacteria in the intestine (partially due to a lack of enzymes), and it will kill a dog in 24 to 36 hours. Hope this information helps.Charles Kruger, DVM