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Has anyone dealt with pancreatitis lately?

LNeilB
May 14th, 2009, 10:38 PM
Sola has been hit with a case of pancreatitis. (http://lifewithdogs.blogspot.com/2009/05/fudge.html)

We have been through a plethora of scares over the years. This is a new one for us. I have heard from a number of sources that the usual suspect is a high fat diet or large feeding of high fat foods - especially human food.

Yet we feed California Natural, and healthy treat bars. The dogs don't eat any junk, or table scraps. I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience, and if so, did you make any dietary changes that helped in the long term? We're hoping to spare her another bout of this.

Thanks in advance...


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LittleMonster
May 14th, 2009, 11:20 PM
yes, but we have our dog on home made raw. He gets 3 meals a day. our vet told us to avoid grains, cut out excess fat from the meal portions, and cut out treats from the diet. we've done all that and he seems fine now.

maybe someone else is sneaking in treats or he is finding junk food on his own somehow.

I totally forgot to ask the vet about fasting but I have also read some people regularly fast their dogs (for different reasons). Since the only "cure" is to withhold food from the animal, fasting might help lower the risk by giving the pancreas a break once in a while, sort of a preemptive strike. I don't know if this works, maybe someone else can shed light on it.

keep in mind there are other culprits than high fat foods, ask your vet to get the full picture.

Caite
May 15th, 2009, 11:10 AM
I have a JRT that has pancreatitis that tends to flare up every now and then. They get home cooked, but not raw. We switched so that we can boil the meat to reduce the fat content for her. She does get flare ups of it even with the reduced fat diet, and then we go back to bland stuff for a while... rice and boiled ground beef. We manage it totally by diet at this point.