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EPI Research Fund: help develop a screening test

The EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) Research Fund has been established to help fund research aimed at identifying the EPI genetic marker(s) in dogs and developing a screening test. Such a test would help breeders identify carrier animals, so that responsible breeding decisions can be made.

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EPI is a genetically linked condition where the pancreas becomes severely atrophied. It is most commonly seen in German Shepherd Dogs but increasingly occurs in other breeds as well. While manageable, it places a steep financial and emotional burden on dog owners. EPI Dogs' food needs to be treated with enzymes (which are expensive), and many dogs also require special foods, a raw diet or, pet vitamins and supplements.

Many owners have no choice but to euthanize the dog because they simply cannot afford the vet visits and supplements. Others leave the dog to the streets. There is no cure.