Alternative Medicine for Pets/German Shepherd with EPI


 I have a 3 year old female German Shepherd named Miley. She was diagnosed about 7-8 months ago with EPI and food allergy. We have been feeding her a grain free kibble with enzyme replacement powder. We have heard a lot about raw diets for dogs with her disorder. However, I am unable to find a good recipe online and was hoping you could help. Do we feed raw with no enzyme powder? Or do we still have to use the powder along with raw diet. Also, how many pounds should she eat a day. She currently weighs about 50 lbs (getting her to gain has.been an issue) we are hoping the raw diet helps her with the disorder and gaining weight. Thank you so much!

Hello Rachelle,

A change to a raw diet would definitely help.But also eliminate the rawhide bones like the one in the picture as well as other snacks, especially ones that are beef based.
To get the information you need, go to my website and you will find a sign up box on the home page that will actually give you a FREE copy of my book, "Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet" . Read it all, it is over 20 years of researching and healing problems like Mileys'. It also has links to other information and products that will help.

About the need for enzyme powder with raw. At first, I would recommend staying on it as well as a probiotic supplement. After a few months of being on totally raw, you can reduce the amount of enzymes and possibly even discontinue them entirely, just see how she reacts. I would continue probiotic supplementation longer and possibly permanently due to her condition.

Keep me posted.


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I can answer questions concerning pet allergies, natural flea control, breeding and dog breeds, puppy training, pets and stress, and pretty much any dog related question.


I have been a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for over 20 years. My specialties are nutrition and flea, skin and coat problems but I have experience with other health issues as well. I have been studying canine nutrition for over 20 years as well and have a broad knowledge base there including breed specific information. I am the author of The Healthy Pet Handbook and Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet as well as many other pet related articles; and have hosted radio talk shows on natural pet care. I conduct seminars on natural pet care, relationship training and the spiritual, energetic relationship between people and companion animals. I trained my first dog in 7th grade, bread my first litter in 12th grade and began showing at age 20 (I'm now 60). I have studied dogs all of my life and I have a degree in Psychology with minors in Ecology and Animal Behavior from Utah State University. I am a graduate of The New York School of Dog Grooming (1972) and Orchard Kennels School of Training (can't remember the year). I am the founder and owner of Naturals For Animals in St Petersburg, FL and the developer of Critter Oil and other natural products and Pet Energy Therapy, a pet assisted therapy for people. I look forward to answering your questions and feel free to read the articles on my site,

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