Dr. Whitmer said she thinks Mo is definitely the champion.
"Mokie may seem small," Dr. Whitmer said, "but every pound she adds on, she gets stronger, faster and more determined to catch that hose."
Mokie suffers from a disease called Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI). EPI is a condition which results from degeneration of the pancreas. Dogs with EPI are not able to make the enzymes needed to digest food. Although Mokie has been a patient with Temperance Animal Hospital since she was just a pup, she didn't start showing symptoms of EPI until last April (rapid weight loss and persistent diarrhea). Mo was literally starving to death despite eating a normal amount.
EPI cannot be cured, but it can be treated. Mokie's condition requires very special attention and food additives in order to improve. Thanks to the love and awareness of her previous owner, Mokie was adopted by Dr. Whitmer for a lifetime of care.
Dr. Whitmer said Mo is adjusting well to her new life. Now that she is started on her enzymes and a high quality food she is thriving – she has gained 3 lbs in the past month and diarrhea is a thing of the past!
Mokie now enjoys a sister, Ayla, a 6-year-old, whom she is always following.
"Mo and Ayla are becoming fast friends. She copies almost everything Ayla does. " Dr. Whitmer said. "The girls have figured out that playing chase in the yard is a great way to let off steam and they also love to wrestle. When they aren’t busy playing they like to snooze together on the couch."
To learn more about EPI, visit http://www.epi4dogs.com/.
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