How To Treat Pancreatitis In Dogs

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Dogs sick on bedPancreatitis, or inflammation and swelling of the pancreas, is a painful and seldom-understood affliction that affects dogs worldwide. While spontaneous canine pancreatitis is not particularly well understood, veterinarians do have an idea of the causes that contribute to this condition, its related conditions and symptoms and treatment methods to lessen symptoms.

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What Is Pancreatitis In Dogs?

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The pancreas is responsible for producing specific enzymes that promote digestion and enable the body to absorb fats in food. Without the pancreas, dogs would have no way to absorb nutrients from food.

The term pancreatitis refers to the general condition of inflammation and swelling of the pancreas. There are two variations of pancreatitis: acute and chronic.

Acute pancreatitis occurs with a sudden onset of symptoms with no previous signs of the condition. Chronic pancreatitis symptoms present more slowly over time. When the condition occurs suddenly in a dog, it takes many owners by surprise, and the acute form can also cause a considerable amount of pain for the affected dog.

What Is Fatal Pancreatitis?

The term “fatal pancreatitis” is used to refer to when the condition causes fatal complications to develop that eventually take the life of the dog. If pancreatitis becomes extremely severe or if a dog suffers repeated occurrences they can develop many other conditions that can lead to death including maldigestion syndrome and diabetes mellitus. Both of these conditions are treatable; however, when left untreated they will almost certainly lead to a fatal outcome.

Symptoms

There are two degrees of pancreatitis in dogs recognized by the veterinary community: mild and severe.

Mild Pancreatitis

  • Distention or pain in the abdomen
  • General discomfort or inability to find a comfortable place to lie down
  • Flinching or whining when you touch their abdomen (also a symptom of Canine Bloat, a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention)
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of appetite
  • Appearing hunched over when standing or walking
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea that’s greasy and yellow in color
  • Fever

Severe Pancreatitis

Dogs that are experiencing more severe cases of pancreatitis may display the symptoms listed above; however, it’s more likely that they’ll exhibit more serious symptoms that, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can be life-threatening. Some of these more serious symptoms include:

  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation (a condition in which multiple hemorrhages can take place resulting in possible death)
  • Heart arrhythmia (or irregular heartbeat)
  • Sepsis (a body-wide infection that occurs when toxins are released into the blood)
  • Difficulty breathing

In the most extreme cases, pancreatic enzymes can digest the pancreas and surrounding organs. Once organs become partially digested, the damage is irreversible.

What To Do If You Suspect Pancreatitis In Your Dog

The first thing you should do is call your vet or an emergency vet if it’s after hours. If your dog is stable, your vet may ask you to bring your dog in immediately. If your dog is not stable, your vet may come to you or make another suggestion.

It’s crucial that you act quickly if you suspect that your dog has pancreatitis. This condition can deteriorate quickly, leading to severe pain and even death.

How Will My Vet Diagnose?

Many important factors play into an accurate diagnosis, including your dog’s medical history, a physical examination and laboratory testing.

My Dog’s Medical History

A dog’s medical history is important because dogs that have experienced a bout of pancreatitis once are more likely to experience it again during their lifetime. The age of your dog can also play a part in the risk of concern, as older dogs are more susceptible. Lastly, any current medical conditions may also play a role in your dog’s diagnosis.

A Physical Examination

If you’ve noticed abdominal swelling or any of the other “tell-tale” signs of this condition, your vet will confirm this with a thorough physical examination.

The physical exam will consist of visually examining your dog’s stomach area in addition to palpating it gently to check for bloating and tenderness. Your vet will also check your dog’s gums, take your dog’s temperature, listen to his heart and look into his eyes and ears to check for any other signs of illness.

Laboratory Testing

Laboratory testing involves drawing blood and testing it for the presence of pancreatic enzymes. An increased white blood cell count and elevated lipase and amylase (pancreatic enzymes) can lead to a diagnosis. Vets may also test for liver enzyme levels and perform x-rays and ultrasounds.

Treatment

  • Pain relievers
  • Antibiotics
  • 24-hours without food and water to rest the pancreas, then slowly introduce food and water
  • Bland, prescription dog food
  • Hydration through an IV drip or subcutaneous injection
  • Surgery in rare cases (e.g., if bleeding or other intestinal complications arise)

CBD Oil & Treats

Many pet parents ask if CBD oil can help treat pancreatitis. There are many benefits of CBD oil including its ability to help ease pain, reduce chronic inflammation, anxiety and more.

If you feel that your dog is suffering from any of these things, CBD oil may help relieve some of the symptoms. You should speak with your vet about giving your dog anything with CBD to ensure it’s safe for your dog.

Once you’ve verified its safety with your vet, check out CBD oil or CBD-infused treats to see how they might help your pet.

Avoid Do-It-Yourself Treatments

While many pets benefit from holistic medicine and natural treatments, there are times when a vet should evaluate some conditions. If you prefer to treat illnesses through a holistic route, there are plenty of certified holistic vets available that can help immediately treat your dog’s pancreatitis.

It’s crucial that you never attempt do-it-yourself treatments such as tips read on the internet or “cures” that work for people; dogs and humans are not the same, and they do not respond similarly to certain foods and chemical substances. While you may think that you’re administering a “calming herb” to your dog, you may actually be worsening their condition or even poisoning them. This is a serious condition and should always be assessed by a trained professional.

How To Prevent The Recurrence Of Pancreatitis

If your dog has ever suffered from a bout of it, there’s an extreme likelihood that they will experience a recurrence. Recurring episodes can be mild or severe regardless of the severity of the original occurrence. Below are some tips that vets offer to help reduce the chance of recurrence.

  • Reduce food intake and increase the exercise level of an overweight dog. Make sure not to underfeed or over-exert your dog during this type of approach, though. Weight loss should be slow and steady.
  • If your dog experienced a severe episode that left his pancreas damaged, provide any necessary medications to supplement pancreatic function.
  • Avoid feeding any human foods to dogs. Many human foods, particularly table scraps, are high in fat content which can prompt an episode.
  • Feed multiple, small meals during the day rather than feeding one large meal. This not only reduces the strain put on the pancreas during digestion, but it also lessens the likelihood for certain breeds to develop canine bloat.
  • If your veterinarian suggests keeping your dog on a low-fat diet, ensure that you comply to maintain healthy lipid levels in your dog’s body. High lipid levels can result in aggravation of the pancreas.

Watch the video below for further tips on how to prevent pancreatitis in your dog.

Causes

While no one knows exactly what starts pancreatic symptoms, there are some suspect elements that your vet will be familiar with. It may be as “simple” as a medication your dog is taking.

In other instances, you may have to go through many questions and answers before you have any idea what started the symptoms. It’s important to try to narrow it down so you can reduce the risk of another episode. You may find that the food you’ve chosen to feed your dog is simply too high in fat or that it was table scraps that caused the trouble.

There are some things that the veterinary community believes contribute to the development of this condition.

Dogs who are:

  • Overweight
  • Female

Dogs suffering from:

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Pet Insurance Can Help Cover Vet Expenses

It can quickly become expensive for all of the testing and vet care your dog may require if diagnosed with pancreatitis. Pet insurance can help protect your wallet, so you can focus on nursing your dog back to health. Find out whether you should consider pet insurance for you and your pet.

Have you ever treated a dog for pancreatitis?

About The Author:

Sara is a writer for Canine Journal. She adores dogs and recently adopted a rescue pup named Beamer. Whole she may be adjusting to life with another being to care for, she needed no time to adjust to all the extra love.

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Thomas G Ippolito
June 15, 2020 11:19 pm

Two weeks ago on June 1st, 2020 we had to have our baby shih-tzu put to sleep. On Saturday, I called the vet. She was there 3 weeks before for parvo and bordetella shots. They said they couldn’t take her on Saturday and if I think I need to bring her to emergency which I did on early Sunday. They did blood work and gave her pain meds to calm her. The sent her home with meds and instructions of bland diet and to see her vet if she doesn’t get better. She was dehydrated, shaking, and could not walk with the pain and was screaming at times. Pancreatitis and colitis they said. Back to my vet Monday morning after a horrible night. She was not happy. I had them give her the sedative and talked to her best I could, looked in her eyes till the final juice was relieved as I heard her take her last breath and the vet pronounced her passed. The worst week of our lives and loneliness.

Gerald burns
July 24, 2020 1:33 pm

Dear Thomas, I just read your note. I have a Lhasa also and am faced with similar situation. I am devastated.

Phyllis S
February 13, 2020 2:27 pm

My Camachon (King Charles Cavalier/Bichon mix) is now 14 yrs old & weighs 17 pounds. She had a severe bout of pancreatitis at age 3 & 2 other bouts within that year where she almost died. She has not had an episode in over 10 years. She also has had chronic heart disease for the last 7 years which is prevalent in King Charles Cavaliers. Our vet put her on prescription dog food after the first bout and she got worse. I spent allot of time researching dog foods and I can tell you the changes I made to her food have kept her pretty healthy and active. I do not receive anything from any dog food company for mentioning their dog food. First you must eliminate high fat from the dog diet. I never feed Daisy any table food or dog treats. Daisy is also allergic to chicken and turkey and grains. She won’t eat lamb, venison or many of the others I have tried. She can only eat fish. She must be grain free because the foods I tried with grains made her stomach sick. I found the best food for her was whitefish and salmon. Although salmon can be high in fat, it is great for the skin and coat and it’s a healthy fat in moderation. I looked for foods with 15% fat or lower. I also tried to keep her on some dry food to help her teeth. Since she is on heart medications, I needed a wet food just to mix with her medications. By the way my other dog (a Havanese) and my cat (a Ragdoll) also love these dog foods. My Ragdoll is 8 years old and very healthy. My vet reviewed the ingredients and said they were okay for the cat. Please check with your vet before giving to your cat. Also have your vet check ingredients for your dog with pancreatitis or sensitive stomach.
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HONEST KITCHEN ZEAL GRAIN FREE: This is the best low fat dog food on the market I could find-only 8.5% fat (Dehydrated food to mix with water)
INGREDIENTS: All ingredients dehydrated: MSC certified White fish, sweet potatoes, eggs, pumpkin, organic coconut, bananas, apples, cabbage, parsley, cranberries, salmon, garlic
minerals [tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, potassium iodide, copper amino acid chelate, sodium selenite], taurine
vitamins [vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin D3 supplement]
NUTRITION INFO
Calories 437
% Protein 32.0
% Fat 8.5
% Fiber 5.8
% Moisture 8.9
*Per dry cup.
NOTE: This food does not smell good because of the fish. It is expensive but is the lowest fat I could find. My 2 dogs & cat love it. This is a dehydrated food that when mixed with water becomes a wet food. I doubt you’ll find it carried in your local store but you can purchase it online. I alternate this food with the only dry food Daisy could eat since she is so allergic, and that is Halo which is a dry food.
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HALO HOLISTIC WILD SALMON AND WHITEFISH FOR SMALL DOGS (there is also a separate one for larger dogs)(Dry Food)
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min.)
25%
Crude Fat (Min.)
15.0%
Crude Fiber (Max.)
5.0%
Moisture (Max.)
10.0%
Vitamin E (Min.)
250 IU/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min.)*
2.75%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min.)*
1.40%
Calorie Count (ME Calculated):
383 k/cup calories
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Nutrient Profiles
Ingredients
Salmon whitefish dried egg product oatmeal barley dried peas dried chickpeas pea protein soy protein concentrate flaxseed pea fiber natural flavor chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols) dicalcium phosphate calcium sulfate dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product dried blueberries dried cranberries dried carrot dried sweet potato calcium carbonate salt inulin vitamins potassium chloride minerals taurine mixed tocopherols (preservative) L-Carnitine
Vitamins
Vitamin E Supplement niacin supplement thiamine mononitrate d-calcium pantothenate vitamin A supplement pyridoxine hydrochloride riboflavin supplement vitamin D3 supplement vitamin B12 supplement folic acid biotin
Minerals
Zinc Methionine Complex zinc sulfate iron proteinate ferrous sulfate copper proteinate copper sulfate manganese proteinate manganous oxide sodium selenite calcium iodate ethylenediamine dihydroiodide
NOTE: This dog food is available in many pet stores and also online.
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SIMPLY NOURISH GRAIN FREE ADULT TUNA & SALMON STEW (Can Food)
Ingredients:
Tuna, Tuna Broth, Water Sufficient for Processing, Tapioca Starch, Salmon, Potatoes, Peas, Carrots, Sunflower Oil, Calcium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 10.0%
Crude Fat (min) 1.4%
Crude Fiber (max) 1.0%
Moisture (max) 83.0%
Caloric Content: 780 kcal/kg, 221 kcal/can.
NOTE: I use about 1 Teaspoon of this can food to mix with my dog’s crushed heart meds. She takes 4 pills in the morning & 4 in afternoon. She actually thinks this is a treat and apparently can’t taste her pills.

Gail M.
December 27, 2019 2:39 am

Unless your vet has many many years experience or worked in an emergency vet clinic they may not know how to diagnose or effectively treat your dog with pancreatitis. I was with a vet who kept telling me my 8 year old spayed Irish Setter did not have pancreatitis. Then one morning her diarrhea was bloody and terrible. The vet didn’t have time to see her. I looked on line for a vet with emergency vet experience and happily is now in her own practice. I took all records from last vet. Shared current food, schedule, meds, and behavior. Vet made additional tests and recommended Hills Science diet id low-fat, small meals 3 to four x day. My dog was also tested for EPI or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. I now use enzymes in her food as she can’t digest her food properly by herself. And that is another aspect of pancreatitis the other vet had no idea about! She was prescribed Pentoxifylline. Pentoxifylline is a med really for another condition altogether but seems to have a remarkable secondary side effect that helps the pancreas. She no longer has EVENTS that before cost me thousands on credit cards. When she does have episodes i take her in and verify with the vet her condition is not life threatening. The vet has “schooled” me to recognize what is manageable at home. I give her Carprofen and Gabapentin for pain management for 5days when needed. I watch for dehydration and stool condition. This Vet has saved my dog and has saved me thousands of dollars by knowledge of proper treatment for this condition. My dog continues to have episodes where she won’t eat or has diarrhea but infrequently and I know what to do and when she should see her vet. It took a year and 2 vets before I found a vet who had experience with pancreatitis in dogs and practical recommendations to keep her fairly stable. I have no illusions about her condition improving as it won’t. But for now her quality of life is good.

Donna L
February 6, 2020 12:59 pm
Reply to  Gail M.

Gail, thanks for your post. I’ve had a similar experience, and in the end I diagnosed my dog, because my vet at the time was clueless! We used to have costly episodes every 6-8 weeks. When I did my own research and added pancreas glandular supplement, and digestive enzymes to her food, the episodes stopped. We just had a mild recurrence but it’s been 7 months since the last one. A record for us. I wish vets were better versed on pancreatitis, and that it’s not just about fat! Enzymes play a huge part.

Heather Edmondson
September 8, 2019 2:13 pm

I lost my dog with pancreatitis thanks to my regular vet not doing his own on calls,she suddenly stopped eating I went to the on duty vet a young American girl, she diagnosed her and didn’t put her on a drip straight away she just gave her a antibiotic told me to give her Zantac and paracetamol. I called her back later that evening Sam was getting worse, she refused to see her. When I got her to my vet on the Monday we had one very sick dog. They tried for five days to save her, she was very brave and I sat with her at the vets twice a day, when I got there on the Friday she had moved cages she had been so ill. I picked her up, she cuddled into me and gave up, I had her put down in my arms, she had been a fit dog until then, she was only 11 a Border Terrier with a quarter Lakeland.. I never got an apology from the other vets, I would never ever recommend them, she was fit and healthy
in no time her kidneys packed up. Although I couldn’t criticise my old Vet but I moved to a new vets who do there own on
calls. This happened about 41/2 years ago, it was awful I cried for weeks and although I rescued a Border Terrier by
accident the next day, it took me ages to really love her I liked her and had to spend lots of time getting her to trust she had been used for breeding from her first season she was three. Sam was the love of my life I had had her from a puppy just
after I developed a serious mental health illness, she was my constant companion, a very happy, playful dog which never
stopped until she was taken ill. She lives in my bedroom with her picture and last toy an armless poo bear.
Meg hasn’t replaced her but 41/2 years later I love her to bits and she me, she follows me everywhere and sleeps
on my bed. I panic every time she shows sign of illness. Please don’t be fobbed off if you think your dog is seriously ill
insist on it being treated properly.

Susan Lux
June 2, 2020 4:54 pm

I’m sorry about your loss!! I lost my best friend to pancreatitis too, my 14 year old Norwich and he wasn’t diagnosed properly or quickly!! It’s just heartbreaking how these docs don’t look and listen for symptoms!!

Susan Lux
June 2, 2020 9:41 am

I just lost my 14-year-old adorable Norwich terrier to pancreatitis and the vets did not diagnose correctly!! He was given steroids for cancer which likely made him worse so I took him to the hospital. They tried for 3 nights with fluids but he didn’t respond well and developed SIRS and vasculitis. What is wrong with vets??? The one I went to came recommended but she was very young. If properly diagnosed soon and treated, he had a good chance to survive!! It’s heartbreaking- my little Nelson suffered.

Betty
November 9, 2019 11:47 am

I am still grieving the loss of our cocker spaniel, 10 years old. We noticed that he would snore, twitch his little paws as if dreaming. When he would wake up, before things started going wrong, he would lick the “air”. He would stick his tongue way out as if he was trying to lick the air. We thought nothing of it because he was always doing things that any normal dog “we thought”, would do. As a puppy, he chewed the crotch out of underwear and even get into the cat litter. Chewing the underwear stopped because we put the hamper locked in the utility room along with the cat litter with a gate that our cats could enter! He had an orange mucus, slimy bowel movement on Friday morning. On Friday afternoon, the 18th of October 2019, our dog fell sick. He was having the worst time trying to get up and move in his hind legs as if he was hurting. We had to lift him around his belly near his hind legs to raise him up. We thought maybe he had arthritis and we would take him to the vet the following Monday. He couldn’t wait until Monday because he continued to get worse, falling down the stairs and couldn’t hold himself up when we would stand him up and we thought it was his back. He would moan at times when we would lift him. WE TOOK HIM TO THE EMERGENCY VET on that Sunday. There, they said it was his pancreas and possible back injury. They ran blood work and gave him Rimadyl, a half of a pill and something for arthritis. They diagnosed him with pancreatitis. Our dog had a fever of over 104 and was shaking. We stayed there for 6 hours and the vet bill was out the roof and told us to follow up with our vet. I was told to go to another hospital supposedly that was better, same things were told and I left there. Next day he was worse. I took him back to our vet and they gave him a few more pills and one that I had to get from our pharmacy. Nothing worked for my baby and I knew that he wouldn’t make it. He went back to our vet and they kept him on IV because they wanted him to stay hydrated. He would drink and wasn’t hydrated, but they gave him something to make him hungry so he would eat and we visited him twice a day for four days and he stopped eating after he took a bite while we were there. I was so happy because he got up on his own and ate, panting so hard and looking up at us with those sweet little eyes. I started crying because I thought he would get better and I was getting happy. But that was nothing but false hope. They wanted to give him one more shot, something for pain because a dog doesn’t show pain only through they said panting. He was gasping for air and making a gurgling sound when breathing and drooling thick drool from his mouth and green coming from his nose and little eyes. I feel so strongly that he had an infection that he needed a strong antibiotic and they overlooked giving him one. I don’t feel they did what they could. They took an ex-ray of his back and his intestines and listened to his lungs and heart. They said his lungs were clear….how could that be possible? I think he had pneumonia. We buried him on Monday afternoon November 1, 2019. I loved that little black cocker-spaniel with a white nose and little white on his paws. I want him back so bad and I don’t think I will ever get over him. His blood work was excellent in September 2019. I don’t understand this at all.

Susan Lux
June 2, 2020 4:58 pm
Reply to  Betty

So sorry for your loss. My dog was not diagnosed properly and passed within weeks. The pain is unbelievable! My little Nelson man looked like an adorable teddy bear with the softest honey fur.

Gloria Hokanson
February 14, 2020 2:58 am
Reply to  Betty

That exact same thing just happened to my dog. But luckily my vet knew what it was right away, went over and beyoND to do all they could. My dogs kidneys were bruising and going into failure. My dog also was having seizures, which never ever happened before. My dog was put to sleep Mon. FEB 10TH. I’M SO SORRY YOUR DOG WENT THRU THIS. my chihuahua was 12.

Eileen
October 11, 2019 8:57 pm

Sorry to hear about Sam, been there w/my dogs. Right now have a 1-1/2 yr pit mix, got parvo as a pup–think that was the initial start. OVer the next year or so, she cried all the time, and noticed acid reflux. Vet said put her on Famotadine, kept saying she’s crying constantly–response, she have anxienty. No tests, no trying to find out what was going on. Finally decided not good enough, took her for an endoscopy at another vet to find her entire intestine was purple instead of pink. After 2 mos of medicines 3x/day, still crying all the time, insisted they look at gall bladder and pancreas. Ultrasound should thickening in gall bladder wall, radiologist felt it was an infection–got 2 antibodics in addition to the other meds (Tramadol, Metoclopramide, Cisapride, Atopica, Gasx, Beano, prevacid, Proviable DC probiotic, SAMe, milk thistle, CoQ10, now we’ve added Baytril and Flagyl, off Tramadol, and now Gabapentin and I found Amantadine I was asking for 2 mos if it could be pancreatitis and/or gall bladder, vet was just focused on the intestine and stomach. I said if all these meds and she’s still crying, something else is wrong–so I insisted on the tests. I asked about Gabapentin, Amantadine, testing, SAme milk thistle, CoQ10, probiotics in the beginning–it was ok for this, no for the Gaba, probiotics (if you want), no objection to CoQ10, and on and on, I was responsible for getting the right diagnosis and pushing the vet, which is a sad commentary. I asked about IV fluids, electrolytes (possible Pedialyte) — told me not necessary, well everything I”m reading says fluids. Pedialyte can have too much electrolytes so …bottomline, this is not a do it yourself, hit and miss disease. Your pet is suffering and needs FAST and THOROUGH care, and even the vets move too slowly to find the cause. I asked every RIGHT question and even with testing, ultrasounds, blood work, meds out the ying-yang, she’s still sick after 2 mos because the vet is still proceeding with too slow of caution in my opinion. It is infurtiating, because they don’t learn from treating other patients and don’t grow from experience in these cases. I’m a novice and did a more comprehensive care program and suggestions for tests. PUSH your vet to do everything. My puppy may not make it because this has high death and/or suffering potential. I had to even demand pain control after 2 months!!! Get this pain under control!!!! She has 3 mos more to hopefully get this under control, but I feel that if I can keep the medical support strong by PUSHING REGULARLY the vet, AND control the pain so she can at least rest while she heals on the other meds, she may have a chance. IF these meds she’s recommending don’t work in another week, I’m already looking into CBD to give her that chance, but there’s just so much suffering I will allow if quality is not there. She’s only 1-1/2 yrs. I just found out tonight about the pancreatitis on top of the gall bladder and intestine/stomach issues. I call my regular vet and I may go to ER for fluids, I’m not waiting. I don’t care if I’m a nuisance to the vet, I’m paying out the nose for better care than dragging feet and I’m my little girl’s voice, and her voice is crying to me for help. Get your dog to a comprehensive, fast-acting vet, but don’t leave it all in their hands–research it yourself, meds, vitamins, etc., discuss these options, but just don’t think they have all the answers — THEY DON’T!!!!!!! Push for continued, strong support–your life and quality depend on it.

Rohini Singh
July 18, 2019 4:10 am

My 6yrs old labrador retriever male has diagnosed mild pancreatitis. May i know what kind of particular diet should be given ? And what i have to do for further complications? thank you

Anna T Bailey
August 21, 2019 1:20 pm
Reply to  Rohini Singh

Our vet put him a high fiber diet. Also probiotic med to put on food. Boiled chicken no people food. Only boiled chicken pumpkin and sweet potatoes this will help calm his belly. For pain I am giving children benadryl 1 mg per 20 pounds. Lot os rest. Should be better three days. Good luck and prayers

Doug
June 5, 2020 9:25 pm
Reply to  Anna T Bailey

What if he won’t eat anything?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
June 6, 2020 10:11 am
Reply to  Doug

If your dog is not eating, that is a conversation to have with your vet to ensure your dog is following proper treatment. One of our dogs suffered from an acute case of pancreatitis once and needed an anti-nausea medication before he was ready to eat.

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Kimberly Alt
July 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Reply to  Rohini Singh

I suggest speaking with your vet about any diet changes your dog may need. Since they diagnosed your dog, I’m sure they’d be willing to do a quick phone call with you so you don’t need to pay another vet office fee. Sorry to hear about your dog and wishing you the best.

Carol A Finston
July 5, 2019 6:43 am

I have a 12 year old daschund that I got when my Mom passed away.She had her since she was 7 months old, I could not see her going to a stranger so I took her in. She is my love, She recently had an issue with rectal bleeding. Spent the day at the vet getting hydrated and running lots of tests, (some still waiting for results ithers were ok) except one which was a snap test for pancreatitis which she tested positive. She showed no signs that I could see other then the rectal bleeding.She was not vomiting nor had she had diarrhea. she has slowed down a bit I thought it was her age or arthritis. She is home on a very low. fat diet and some meds. Tbis was a very expensive vet visit. They could not tell me specifically what caused the rectal bleeding. Since she is home, since last night, she is eating fine, drinking her water but has Diarrhea, i am feeding her ,boiled chicken, boiled ground beef, pasta, rice, non fat cottage cheese and plan yougart. I am not sure if she has the Diarrhea from not eating all day yesterday. The change in diet, the meds or weather it is just taking a few days for her system to get back to normal. I love her with all my heart but tnis is a holiday weekend my vet is closed till.Monday and i cant afford a vet ER visit. Is there anyone out there that can offer any suggestions or advice of how I can get her thru the weekend or if they think this is just taking her system time to get her stools normal. Thank you all for listening. Any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated.

ILIKE TERRY
July 23, 2019 6:25 pm

I had to recently take my 2 year old Husky to the ER vet …2 different places on the same day total $2800.The 1st place wasnt sure what was wrong treated her with toxins gave her a shot for nausea and sent her home(after 5 hrs waiting).She started throwing up again I called they said if she continues after 2 hrs bring her back. She continued I asked if I would be charged another ER office visit…they said yes its hospital policy. They already charged me $600 but didnt know why she was so sick. I decided to take her elsewhere. The 2nd place did the same tests as the 1st place but they learned she had pancreatitis. At this point she is in a lot of pain and very dehydrated. They immediately put in an IV and I had to leave her there.Two days later they said she can eat boiled chicken n rice a little at a time. She hasnt thrown up since but she has not had a bowel movement and still seems like shes not feeling good. I cant afford to take her back …its been 5days since this started. I had to get a loan to pay her bill ..not worried about that worried about what to do now. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks

Katie Joyce
November 1, 2019 12:40 am
Reply to  ILIKE TERRY

She needs to be on antibiotics immediately. I lost one dog pancreatitis, I’m not messing around this time, my vet put him on Flagyl Metronidazole… good luck and sending healing vibes…

Sholeh
September 18, 2019 12:01 pm
Reply to  ILIKE TERRY

Hi, my dog is going through the same thing right now, he is put in iv , and antibiotic plus pain killer and anti nausea injection. It took about two three days before i started seeing some improvements, this is the 3 rd day of iv treatment and 4th day of antibiotic , he is starting to feel better , walking a bit , and pooped after 5 days of not pooping.
So be patient , but make sure he gets the right treatment and fast, timing is very important with this , it can get worse very quickly and permanent damage can occurs fast if not treated in a right way and immediately.
Prayers, and wish your dog well soon.

Camille
October 5, 2019 6:38 am
Reply to  Sholeh

My 9 year old border collie stopped eating and started throwing up a lot. Was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis . Needed IV FLUIDS immediately at Vet. Treated with anti- nausea meds high doses for almost 3 weeks. Changed to Royal Canin low fat intestinal canned food fed 1/3 can every 3 hours and dry food that she hates. After almost 2 months she is better but in pain. She finally will eat the dry food. I was told she had received too much fat in her diet, a common problem that damages a dog pancreas. When she stopped eating I encouraged her with lean hamburger and occasional bacon. This was exactly the wrong food to give her. Dogs need lean foods.
The dog has become very irritable and mean on occasions, has bit me, and this was not her personality, evidence of pain. She has attacked a delivery with aggressive force, but did not bite him when she broke through 2 barrier gates. No alternatives left because constant pain is not quality of life.
Decided with pointed conversation with vet, that she cannot be saved because she is suffering. It is heart breaking. I do recommend the Royal Canin food. Wish I had used it a lot earlier in her life. Dogs need appropriate dog food not people food, not boiled chicken or other homemade food that lacks the special amino acids and vitamins dogs need.

Tobie Dollosso
April 5, 2019 10:44 am

My dog also has pancreas problems,I knew nothing about the pancreas.So I did what my vet said and started getting as much info on caring for dogs pancreas problems.Everything I’ve learned by reading and talking to people says get her off the kibble,my vet prescribed hills science id so I did.I ended up switching her to justfoodfordogs right before the hills science id recall.My vet and I forgot to mention I’ve seen 3 vets and all 3 keep pushing the kibble. When I mention all the problems I’ve learned about feeding dry kibble and bring in info to show I’m told they aren’t nutritionist it’s what they were taught. I’ve spent over 5thousand in vet bills and only being told to feed her dry kibble. Is it just me or does anyone else question what vets are pushing any ideas I would love to hear

Donna
August 1, 2019 5:35 pm
Reply to  Tobie Dollosso

By the way, be aware that dogs can develop many many allergies over the years, so try the foods with the least number of ingredients and stay away from fillers and bone-up on foods that are toxic to dogs. Off the top of my head, do not feed your dog the following, and lookout for bad ingress on the dog food label! One time I had to contact a dog food shopping app that many of their newer products had listed RASPBERRIES and Garlic as ingredients. RASPBERRIES have a natural sweetener, xylitol, that is highly toxic to dogs. Some peanut butter use xylitol, btw.

DO NOT FEED DOG THE FOLLOWING:

Onions, Garlic, ketchup, Tarragon, eggs (If allergies), Chocolate, sugar, fatty foods, GMO-based foods, grapes, wine, grapes juice. Note: fruit juice and vegetable juice can be added to food in miniscule amount once in a while when needed but dogs can get diabetes very easily from fruits and carrots n sweet vegies….but apples can help with diarrhea and with constipation in small amounts.

Just find a dogfood that has fewest ingreds as possible (without compromising nutrients).

at first, I suggest white meat chicken minced for a couple days offered in very small amounts offered several times a day and also, try to entertain buying organ meat (not a fatty organ) just something like chicken hearts, then cooking some of those hearts and storing them in fridge to be used as treats. My dog is finicky to no end but act like this organ meat is a treat, and she’ll scarf it down every time! Organ meat is great for dogs!

Tiffany
March 30, 2019 7:34 pm

Thank you all very kindly for your posts on pancreatitis in dogs. After a lovely walk with his furry friends, our good boy Teddy (about 12yrs, spoodle cross, rescue at about 5 yrs) suddenly became very sedentary & had bouts of panting & protruding his tongue. Symptoms in no way characterised his usual behaviour. He has been on Hills z/d since we got him due to chronic ear infections & of course no beef or chicken as protein. He ate & drank normally but then later in the evening threw up what I can only describe as his entire stomach contents. No digestion evident & in a watery clear mix. He then brightened up & went to bed as usual on the end of my daughter’s bed. At about 2am he had a late bout of greasy, dark & liquid bowel movement. Very unlike Teddy to have an acccident inside. He looked bright & so I put him in the tiled area with the other dog. In the morning he looked ok but was lacking energy & not wanting to walk around but also not showing any signs of pain. He went to sleep in my office as per usual. About mid morning he woke & was panting intermittently & had an irregular heartbeat & could not get up. Rushed him to the vet hospital & by this time he was unresponsive & couldn’t lift his head. They diagnosed a heart murmur & did ultrasound via specialist to see if there was an intestinal blockage. Imaging showed nodules over the entire liver, pancreatitis & peritonitis. They did a fine needle aspirate at multiple sites for the liver nodules suspecting liver cancer. He had raised neutrophils but otherwise unremarkable peripheral blood cytology. His liver enzymes were 10 times the upper limit of normal. We were given the option of euthanasia or IV fluids, intensive monitoring & pain management via methadone derivative whilst awaiting the cytology.
We choose the latter & glad we did as the liver cytology showed normal hepatocytes but inflammatory infiltrate ie no hepatocellular carcinoma. He was kept in hospital for 2 nights on Iv fluids, pain relief & started on antibiotics.
He came home yesterday & while still exhausted he looks to be on the improve. We were also prescribed tablets to support the liver enzymes (Denamarin). Just monitoring now & feeding Hills low fat can food mixed with water & praying for a full recovery.
Pancreatitis is fast in onset, your dog may not show outward signs of pain but look out for sudden panting, lack of energy & hiding or not responding/ interacting as usual. Hope this helps & best wishes for your “good boy or girl”.

Barb
March 13, 2019 12:19 pm

Had a female Golden Retriever that ate dog food (Pro Plan), table scraps and treats for 12 years. Suddenly she was vomiting and refused food not knowing what contributed to this. Symptoms not even for 24 hours and took her to vet. She was diagnosed with pancreatitis. Obviously the vet did not think it was too bad because he did not hospitalize her. Gave her an injection of antibiotics and something to keep her hydrated and sent her home. She died a few hours later. Not sure why our vet did not do more to support such an old dog but maybe he knew she was done but did not communicate that to us. We sure miss our girl!

Susan Lux
June 2, 2020 9:55 am
Reply to  Barb

So sorry! My vet did not diagnose pancreatitis even though it was in ultrasound along with possible cancer cells in his abdomen. He was on steroids for 3 days before I could see he was getting worse so I took him to the hospital for treatment. It was pancreatitis and we were too late! 5k spent and sadly he passed. Also, Banfield is the worst!! They didn’t seem to get concerned he wasn’t eating and prescribed nothing!

Sandy
January 6, 2020 10:14 pm
Reply to  Barb

No, your vet didn’t realize how sick your dog was. It would not be ethical to hide something.

ILIKE TERRY
July 23, 2019 6:33 pm
Reply to  Barb

My deepest condolences..that’s heartbreaking…I wouldnt ever use that vet again and I would file a complaint.

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Kimberly Alt
March 14, 2019 8:53 am
Reply to  Barb

I’m so sorry for your loss, Barb. You are in my thoughts.

Beverly WILLIAMS
February 28, 2019 5:31 pm

Kaylee, my 8 yr. old chi mix(rescue dog, so est. of age) was diagnosed last Jan. with Pancreatitis. Vet prescribed HILLS ID Low Fat. I give her the chicken stew with rice & veggies, a.m. & p.m. 1/4 cup each. She has done great & lost 3-4 lbs. Keeping paws crossed her blood test & exam is perfect. She has had no other episodes since the first one. I also give her one Hills Treat a day at lunch and about 10 to 12 pieces of Fat Dog by Natural Balance Low Calorie dried kibble before bedtime. Hoping all of your loved pets respond to the vets treatments.

Tanya wilson
June 7, 2019 11:30 pm

You said that you give her the chicken stew with rice & veggies, Where did you get that, homemade, or brand? Because my girl hated the dry kibble.

Jeannie
September 27, 2019 11:41 am
Reply to  Tanya wilson

It’s a prescription food that you need to order through your vet. Hills makes it

Tobie Dollosso
March 22, 2019 1:21 am

My dog was on same food it was just recalled its killing dogs left and right. It’s a huge deal right now,Hills is paying for dogs to get checked out by vets.

Patty
February 11, 2019 10:29 pm

My 9 year old beagle mix has pancreatitis and diabetes, newly diagnosed. She was a vet hospital for 4 days. They gave her iv’s, antibiotics, pain meds, and insulin. She refuses to eat. She will drink drink but very little food. What is causing her to not eat? She will die if she can’t eat. Any ideas?

Maggie
August 26, 2019 2:48 am
Reply to  Patty

I am dog sitting for a dog while owners away! Dog has pancreatitis and was treated with IV s etc for two days in hosp.Still does not want to eat but is drinking water! This started 6 days ago!

Maggie
August 26, 2019 2:54 am
Reply to  Maggie

Yes, I take him in every night to be given pill for nausea one more to go tomorrow! NOT BEING THE OWNER I AM NOT HAPPY TO TRY A GIVE HIM HIS PILL! IF NOT BETTER VET WILL TRY SOME MORE IVs, vitamins etc

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Kimberly Alt
February 12, 2019 9:34 am
Reply to  Patty

Have you called your vet and asked?

Monica
January 28, 2019 9:55 am

My yorkie has acute pancreatitis and I’ve learned to feed him less protein than before. I use to give him bone broth and chicken and pieces of steak before, in addition to dry dog food and bones but I have removed steak entirely and no bone broth. I find he gets episodes of bloating/hurting when he has had too much protein. I keep protein in his diet to a minimum now. He still has boiled chicken but I will add celery, carrots and he loves sweet potato. He won’t eat any of this from a can, I must always boil/bake it from fresh veggies. He’s usually in the clear and his stomach loves the fresh veggies!! I have also become good at noticing right away if he’s getting another bloating/Pancreatitis attack. He gets very uncomfortable and runs to us and sits on our lap and licks his lips profusely. Sometimes he tries to hide if it gets really bad. We immediately give him a quarter dose of Pepcid (Famotidine) and this always works wonders with him!!!! I recommend discussing with your vet because this gives my yorkie such good and fast relief!! Now, he hardly gets so bad that he has to hide from us, we have it down now when he gets bad stomach to give him Pepcid. My yorkie is about to be 14 years old and was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis last year. It’s completely controllable via his diet in my opinion and Pepcid has been a savior for him!

Carol Davis
July 11, 2019 6:08 pm
Reply to  Monica

I just left my dog at vet to get fluids and meds for pancreatitis. He has been doing the exact same thing. Clinging to me, hiding under bed, can’t get comfortable but doesn’t cry. Started vomiting a little blood so today had him checked out. I hope he gets over this.

Beth
March 23, 2019 12:59 am
Reply to  Monica

Thank u i had my yorkie on raw and he is a mess im doing halo now and stomach acid pill and no more overfeeding and over meat

NICHOLE DEASON
January 1, 2019 1:00 am

Tonight I just had to make the choice to put my baby to sleep. I took him to the vet 2 weeks ago and he was diagnosed w a blockage. I picked him up the next day and he was back to his old self, running around and jumping like always. He was fine for about a week. Then he all of a sudden, wouldn’t eat, or play, just layed around. The vet said his pancreas was more inflammed, and discolored than he had ever seen in an animal, especially not a 14 mo dog. His organs were shutting down and his pancreas was shot. I prayed he was wrong and he’d be waiting for me with his happy face to pick him up and bring him home. He wasn’t he was on a table. I held his paw and told him how much I love him and how much he means to me. The Dr came in and gave him the shot. I had my hand on his heart and talked to him until it was over so he wouldn’t be afraid.

Jeannie
September 27, 2019 11:44 am
Reply to  NICHOLE DEASON

I am crying right now for you, and I fear the same will happen to me.

Amy Barber
February 17, 2019 10:41 pm
Reply to  NICHOLE DEASON

I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. I visited this site bc my 12 year old dog passed away suddenly in our hotel room, showing signs of stomach upset and lethargy. Then she went into a stupor, steadily breathing but not responsive. When I picked her to take her to the urgent care vet, she died in my arms. She had diabetes and was on a steroid so I’m guessing these factors contributed to her death. I’ll never know fully. Anyway, I’m sorry about your loss as well. We keep the memories with us, that gives me a little comfort.

Carolyn
January 3, 2019 9:44 pm
Reply to  NICHOLE DEASON

I am so sorry.I tried to put myself in your place and I say enough how my heart is breaking for you.

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Kimberly Alt
January 2, 2019 8:14 am
Reply to  NICHOLE DEASON

I’m so sorry, Nichole. You may find this article helpful, including the comment section. You are in my thoughts.

Anna Clanton
December 14, 2018 4:56 pm

My dog Luke just had his 2nd bought with pancreatitis in a month. First time, he had 3 days of IV fluids, this time 5 days. The vet sent him home with pain, nausea & antibiotics but also a sedative. He was doing great 2 weeks after his first attack but he chased his ball & ate a large meal and the next day had the 2nd attack. So, does that mean that a dog prone to pancreatitis should not run & play? I have now read they should eat small meals but I don’t know about not being able to play. Any help appreciated.

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Kimberly Alt
December 17, 2018 10:13 am
Reply to  Anna Clanton

I suggest giving your vet a call and asking what activity level is ok for your dog as well as amounts of food to give him. They know your dog’s health situation best and will be able to give you the best advice. Best of luck! Hope he gets to feeling better soon!!

Naomi Russell
November 30, 2018 6:16 am

My 8 year old Shihtzu x Chihuahua is on his 2nd bout of pancreatitis (believed to have been triggered by firework stress) we’ve been to the vets every other day for 2 weeks, he’s had anti nausea and pain relief injections aswell as antibiotics, omeprezole and probiotics, I’ve just ordered Royal Canin’s GI dry food which he was previously on so it should be okay with plain chicken – the “key” to his (very slow) recovery has been time & patience; walks, food & medication little and often. The only thing that seriously concerns me now is how to prevent it happening again

Christine Sanders
November 22, 2018 11:20 pm

Another snack my girls love is rice cakes. I buy the unsalted, 100% whole grain brown rice, no spices or flavors. They are easy for them to eat with their teeth and they love them. All I have to do is mention “wanta cake” and they come running, Now if I could just convince myself they are as good as cake, I would be a lot healthier and possibly thinner.lol

Christine Sanders
November 22, 2018 11:13 pm

My yorkie was diagnosed several years ago with pancreatitis. We watch everything she eats. She has a chicken allergy so we feed here a mix of scrambled ground round (drained and washed), mashed sweet potatoes, a can of carrots and a can of green beans. She has done very well with this. Her snack are carrots, sugar snap peas, dehydrated apples and pineapple (some). Her favorite by far is her cookies though. I found this recipe on line and it has really helped. The recipe called for 5 cups oat flour however I use oatmeal ground in my blender as it is much cheaper. recipe is as follows:
5 cups oat flour (could do 1/2 brown rice flour if you choose)
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 can pumpkin (100% natural with no spices-can be found in most groceries stores).
Mix all up and spoon onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
I cook about 40 minutes or so on 325 degrees.
As my girls (yorkie sisters) are 13 and have lost many of their teeth, I watch the cookies closely and take out when they are fairly firm but not hard. Recipe makes a bunch and I just store in refrigerator. They do keep for quite some time. From the time I start mixing them until they are cool enough to eat, my two girls sit in kitchen waiting.
Jersey, my girl with the pancreatitis has been losing weight though even though she eats well so I still worry. Vet keeps telling me she is very healthy considering and she definitely is not in any pain so we just keep loving her.

Rita
November 11, 2018 8:24 pm

Our dog had pancreatitis 3 years ago, was put on a Hills I/d diet. low cal. Denamarin for weight of the dog, (liver)and Ursodial to help the kidneys. He has done well but now is experiencing problems with the back legs, although he has taken glucosamine and other of the same for several years. We are going to look into the Hemp oil, we can’t give him pain meds every day. We have had many dogs and never heard of pancreatitis till now with our little guy. It is from diet I believe, he had a lot of treats, Not Good.

Bobbie
January 2, 2020 10:06 am
Reply to  Rita

Shots of Adequin for the back legs. Trachea and chicken feet are also filled with Goucosamine. WASH THE FEET. You can dehydrate the chicken feet or put them on a cookie sheet and freeze them so they don’t sick together. Store them in the freezer. Give once or twice a day depending upon the size of the dog. You will see improvement with his hips within 2-3 days.

Jan
September 27, 2018 10:33 am

Our soon to be 9year old Cairn Terrier Auntie Em has just been diagnosed with Pancreatitis yesterday. She had been drinking and peeing a lot in the past few days, but started getting sick the night before we took her to our vet. She has spent two nights at the vets office and is still on iv fluids, pain meds, an anti-nausea med and an antibiotic. We left her a shirt both nights that I had worn but not washed so she could curl up on it and feel comforted as much as possible. We visited with her twice yesterday and although she was still lethargic both times, she managed to wag her tail showing how happy she was to see us again. After reading all of the comments on this page, it sounds like this could be a long recovery process. I appreciate all of the tips for food, such as the Hills lD, Royal Canin and Honest Kitchen foods, the chicken, turkey, rice, eggs, cottage cheese, pumpkin, white fish and rice and baby food / lamb suggestions. We will hopefully get Emmy back home soon and this will hopefully give us the help we need to help her feel better and get past this diagnosis. Her birthday is October 4th and we hope that she is starting to feel better by then.. Thanks again for the help and tips! Best wishes for all of your furbabies as well!

Denise
August 14, 2018 11:48 am

I had to take my yorkie-poo (Bently) to the vet last night due to a bout with pancreitis. He also has kidney disease. But he is a real trooper. He stayed at the vet overnight. They pushed fluids in him, pain meds, antinausea meds. No antibiotics because his white blood cells were normal. They said that he was doing better and eating. But time will tell after we get him home. Hopefully with a new diet he won’t be in pain from either disease. Just taking it one day at a time for right now.

Deniseocorkill@gmail.com
August 11, 2018 10:42 am

My 9 yr Australian terrior suffered a bout with pancreitis. He is recuperating at home. He has antibiotics that he will finish in a couple of days. I have been trying to feed him but he is not interested in food. I give him tiny portions of prescribed food but wonder when he will be back to his normal demeanor. The antibiotic is causing loose poop. Also started him on CBD oil drops last night.

Dee
August 16, 2018 3:18 pm

Oil sounds counter productive since pancreatitis means you need to pay close attention to not given your furry friend anything greasy, oily, fatty period. I have learned this the hard way. I now feed my guy Hills I/D low fat which he loves and it’s certainly cheaper then vet bills and seeing him I’m pain or not eating. I would talk to my vet about this oil you are giving.

Mona
September 20, 2019 12:55 am
Reply to  Dee

My dog’s dr. just said that oils in small amounts are good. The fat in meats is bad, also butter. I cook for my terrier, but besides healthy meals every night, he ate cheddar cheese every day. That caused pancreatitis, so we are done with cheese and also I am going to give him small portions during the day. He likes rice, pasta,barley, oats, so he is easy to feed.

Naomi
July 25, 2018 6:43 am

Hello all 🙂
My 9 year old dachshund has been diagnosed with EPI, pancreatitis. My vet gives me liquid b12 shots to give him every other day and digestive enzymes in a pill form to crush and put over his food. He was eating regular but then he stopped for a few days and became gaunt. My vet gave him and IV drip, which helped. He started drinking a lot more, and just the last few days he’s been eating once a day, which is very exciting, but he is so thin and turns up his nose to a lot of food.
I can get him to eat boiled chicken but then he stopped wanting it. And now he’s liking pork, but I’m wondering what else y’all have had success feeding yalls dogs with? He must gain weight, but it must be healthy spiceless food. Any suggestions? I can still see most his bones but I feel like he is gaining strength I just need some ideas on what else to feed him to nourish his weight.
Thanks you guys, anything helps 🙂
-appreciate it
Naomi

Sandra Armstrong
July 18, 2019 12:12 am
Reply to  Naomi

I feed my dog pork chops for several years along with Blue Buffalo now she has pancreatitis I was told feeding the pork chops was the problem she is 12 years old and is a very sick girl this is her second bout with it

Maryanne
August 28, 2018 9:10 pm
Reply to  Naomi

Naomi our vet prescribed Hills ID I get the chicken stew one. My 13 yr old chihuahua mix just left the vet today after a diagnosis of pancreatitis. This is second bout in 2 years. He became gaunt too very quickly. Scared me to death! The nausea drug cerena really helped also. He received an injection of cerena before he left. He still shakes though. Hope that stops soon as he gets better.

Jody
February 9, 2018 3:03 pm

Hi, my 10 yr old Chihuahua was diagnosed with pancreatitis last year while doing a routine bloodwork for dental cleaning. He levels are very high- Her belly is so hard and round , Lately she has been crawling up into my neck I can tell she is hurting she has tears in her eyes she doesn’t even look like my dog anymore. I have her on prescription dog food low in fat I feed her plain chicken in the morning for breakfast , she eats her dog food at night during the day she’ll go all day without drinking any water I sometimes use a syringe and force water down her. She doesn’t have diarrhea or vomiting. Because I’ve had spinal surgeries I’m laid up in bed and cannot walk her so she doesn’t get any exercise except playing with the stuffed animal once in a while. I’m taking her back to the vet next week I just feel so awful we live in the mountains i’ve tried to get a Pet Walker there is no one up here . I do have her on a anti-inflammatory medication the doctor gave me to keep at home. I also have noticed over the past year she does not like her back and touched at all even when they try to take her temperature she will try and fight the vet she used to never be like that .

Simone
February 8, 2018 11:22 pm

Hi. Just wondering if anyone has a dog with cushings disease who has had a random severe pancreatitis attack?

Now that I know a little about cushings I think my girls had it for years.

She’s a 12 yr old Jack Russell. She’s had a hard last 6 months and I’m really worried I’m going to lose her.

I lost my 14yr old 6 months ago and chick (my jack) has just gone downhill since.

This Monday is 2 weeks since she ruptured her cruciate ligament. … A cpl of days after that she was diagnosed with cushings (the pituitary) them meds should arrive early next week. And on Monday she was really sick. (Vomiting)
Ive taken her to the vets straight away. Pancreatitis. Not a lot of information was given by the vet (which I’m fuming about) lots of money happily taken. She stayed overnight on an iv drip. Tuesday, she’s made a massive improvement (they fed her a little bit of chicken) and they were semi happy for me to take her home. So I thought she’d be good to go home (in 12 years she’s never not eaten but back to eating, again I thought she was fine). Nope. Not fine. She was so weak when we got home I just let her sleep. She’d been pumped full of medication, spent a night away from me (which she’s not used to at all) anyway I almost took her back in but I thought she’ll be ok. She’ll eat a little bit later. Nope. (I must add, before I left the vets they gave her an anti nausea injection – and something to increase her appetite) but she wasn’t interested in food. No food. Had a few sips of water when I’d put the bowl up to her but nope.

Wed morning, we go back in. She’s back on the drip. She stayed wed night and Thursday night (I’ve visited her twice each day – morning and night) she’s looked better and then she’s looked bad. It’s really messing with her and I can tell because I’m her mother and she’s showing me.
I’m about to go in soon to see her. I spoke with one of the vet nurses this morning and today she looks great and is “comfortable” but she’s not interested in food so they were going to give her some different meds to see if she’ll eat. So pretty much – they want her to stay in again overnight if she hasn’t eaten by this afternoon.

It’s cost me 500 per night, plus ultrasounds and X-rays and every consultation fee and meds left right and centre and I’m starting to go broke. I’m so upset and pissed off with all the mucking around. I just want my girl healthy and home. This Monday will be 2 weeks since she did her knee and I’m worried sick about her recovery from surgery once she can have surgery (God knows when now because of everything else)

She’s 12kgs and a Jack Russell. I’m not a bad mother. She’s just seem to have had every symptom possible of cushings.

I’m devastated. Can anyone shed some light on me?

I’m not giving up on her. She’s my world. I am starting to become broke and I don’t have pet insurance (I tried a few hrs ago but was declined because of age)

Can someone/anyone give me any advice please

Kristine
March 14, 2018 12:55 am
Reply to  Simone

Please know your dog loves you. I know because you said your her mom and she is showing you her pain. My ten your old miniture eskimo dog Princess died of Pancreatitus. Mine too showed me her pain but her love for me never died not even at her sickest. Just do your best.

Cindy
February 1, 2018 7:56 pm

My Corgi just got diagnosed with pancreatitis. How do you know if your when is in pain?

Brittany
February 2, 2018 1:20 pm
Reply to  Cindy

They will show symptoms such as: shaking, twitching, stiffness when walking, laying down often, whimpering, drooping their head, being too weak to go outside to potty, loss of appetite.
These were most of the symptoms my dog who was diagnosed yesterday had. Mainly the shaking means pain.