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Chunky Monkey Club

Exclusive membership for the 'overachievers'

Welcome to the Chunky Monkey Club!

This is a fun page…… the Chunky Monkey Club… was started for EPI Dogs because so many of us started on this journey with dogs looking like they were knocking on deaths door….and we were scared….very scared that our babies just were not going to make it!  And then, once we found the balance to managing EPI they stopped losing weight…. then they started to gain weight…. and many (much to our pleasure) gained and gained…. and gained some more weight!  AND THEN…. many of us even had to put our once starving dog on a D-I-E-T!!!!!  Can you imagine?  So this “Chunky Monkey Club” was started in fun to simply celebrate !
New members: (to include your dog’s name (and picture if you’d like) please email to: and they will be uploaded here).

Founding CMC member…Olesia’a Izzy

Epi4dogs was started because of this plain, little, brown dog who was the first Spanish Water Dog world-wide to be diagnosed with EPI….EPI???? What is EPI?  I had no idea back then…..all i knew is that my little dog was sick, she only weighed 27lbs and i thought she was going to die.  After we got her on the right treatment, time flew by and my plain little brown dog got healthier and healthier…. she now hovers around 48/+ lbs and has had to go on a diet 4 times and at 7 years old is still playful and embraces life!


Hess was diagnosed with EPI in 2007 when his weight dropped from 45kg (100lbs) to 33kg (72lbs).  With the right help he recovered and was back up to around 42/43kg which he maintained.  I am one of the lucky ones with an ‘easy’  EPI.  His slide to the dark side happened in August 2013 when he suffered a gastric torsion and needed emergency surgery. I almost lost him but he came through and did good although his weight dropped to 40kg.  With the help of this fantastic site, epi4dogs,  we got him back up to 43kg when he was deemed fit enough to undergo a second operation in October for a gastropexy to ‘fix’ his stomach. Which was very successful. 

Unfortunately these operations put his gut into overdrive and it took from October till now, March 2014 to get it under control and  get Hess gaining weight to the point that he is now back to his pre EPI weight.

The vet thinks he is too fat but I am reluctant to put him on the dreaded D (diet) word.  He drops weight so quickly I want to keep something in reserve!!

He will be 9 in June and is happy, healthy and fat!!  I now call him my Chunky Monkey! 


Maureen’s “not so little” little Merry

Merry was 31 lbs at diagnosis and then stable at about 39 lbs for 5 years. Now hahahaha ….42lbs and a bit on the chubby side. Not sure how I am going to be able to put her on a diet because of course I have spent 7.5 yrs worrying about getting her to eat enough.
I would wish this problem on all  EPI dogs who struggle to get weight on!

You GO girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Connie’s little Zoe

… a pleasantly plump little pixie of a dog. Her fur is so shiny now, I have never seen it so nice!  Her lowest weight was ten pounds so she never got a thin as some dogs, but i could feel her bones. Now she is a lot of muscle and no bones  .  We have had a few fights with SIBO but since starting the B12 shots a year ago we have done much better. She had one set back around July 4th, 2013 due to fireworks anxiety and me, her Mommy deciding to try a new food on her at that anxious time….. but after one real bloody yucky pooh and a vet visit, we went back to the old food that seems to work well.  She is doing the best she has in her entire six years of her life!  Actually…. i am very proud to say that Miss Zoe now needs to lose two pounds!!!! Yippee!!!


Christina’s Sadie the Bouvier des Flandres and her amazing recovery

Sadie went from her low weight in December 2012 of 63.4 pounds……

to 82.4 pounds today July 2013 !!!   (11 year-old Bouvier sister Lucy is in the background)


Sylvie’s Apollo….

Apollo was diagnosed in july 2010 with epi at the age of one year. I insisted to have him tested and was tired of being told it was just sensitivity or ibs or gastro…..   His TLI score for epi came back at literally at “0”.

The first picture is of Apollo weighing 75 lbs. He was immediately started on raw pancreas and showed improvement within 2 days!

The second picture is of Apollo weighing 110 lbs after being treated with enzyme-diane’s pancreatin 8x and raw pancreas. Apollo does better on a combination rather than just raw pancreas or pancreatin 8x.

Apollo got “tubby” for a while and we actually had to reduce his weight!!!

Apollo is now 4 years old and is gorgeous! I thank god every day for epi4dogs website and wealth of available information!!

Sylvie Seaward
Carberry, Manitoba Canada


The first Spanish Mastiff world-wide to be diagnosed with EPI!

Brenda’s Patron before and after shots.  

The enzymes from Diane are great, Just opened up the bag this week and started on them, after finishing the other manufacturer’s enzymes. Costco Kirkland Grain Free Beef Meal & Sweet Potato is working good for him. It’s half the price of Taste of the Wild so it helps me out financially.  No more smell.

Look how proud he looks in the 2nd photo… he is glowing! He is back to running the ranch, he is the boss again and has put all the other males in their places. He runs like Man O’War again, plays, is happy and so am I !!! 


Patron before EPI treatment