Fatty Acids and Other Fat Sources
Fat is a necessary component to any balanced diet. This is even more true if your pet has EPI, as they need some dietary fat to maintain a healthy haircoat and help them absorb certain vitamins. Because most animals with EPI are fed a relatively low-fat diet, the addition of certain fatty acids and special fat sources called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) may be beneficial.
These MCTs are more readily absorbed by animals with EPI and can be used in the body more efficiently. Coconut oil (unrefined) is one source of MCTs and your veterinarian may recommend supplementation of this and/or another source of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils) in your pet’s diet.
If your pet has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, feeding him or her can be tricky. You and your family need to be vigilant about what is given to your pet. Treats, for instance, cannot be given until well after your pet’s condition is stable, and even then must be carefully chosen. Dietary changes must be handled slowly and your veterinarian should be consulted when considering an addition or alteration to the daily diet.
EPI can be managed, but it will require you to be watchful.
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
A substance that causes chemical change to another