Huck Tjader


Huck was recently diagnosed with a condition called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.  This is a condition where the pancreas is not producing digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes help break down starches, fats and protein. They are stored inside the pancreas and secreted into the duodenum when ground up food passes out of the stomach and into the small intestine. Once the enzymes break the food down into smaller particles, the nutrients can be absorbed from the intestinal tract.  When patient is not producing digestive enzymes, nutrients cannot be absorbed resulting in weight loss, abnormal stools and eventually even anemia and vitamin deficiencies.  While not a common condition, pancreatic insufficiency is more common in certain breeds and is believed to have a genetic basis.  Getting a diagnosis of this unusual condition can be difficult, but the good news is that it is treatable.  Supplementing the diet with daily digestive enzymes is an effective treatment in most cases.  We are very happy that this medication has helped Huck regain the weight he lost and has allowed him to get back to enjoying all the activities he loves!