Pancreatitis In Dogs
What is Pancreatitis?
One of the first signs your dog has pancreatitis is that they begin to go off their food and are throwing up. Our immediate thought is that the dog may have an upset tummy, has eaten something it shouldn’t have, and it will pass. But what about when it continues, and your dog starts to deteriorate?
The pancreas are an organ that sits close to the stomach to aid digestion of food and control blood sugar. When inflamed this is cause pancreatitis, which causes pain and vomiting in dogs ranging from mild to severe. This can affect any breed of dog but it is very common in Miniature Schnauzers.
What are the symptoms?
Most often sign is the dog losing their appetite followed by vomiting. These are the signs we will most likely notice and assume our dogs have picked up something they shouldn’t have. Other symptoms include a fever/low body temperature, diarrhoea, low energy, irregular breathing, dehydration and irregular heartbeat. If your dog is showing any of these symptoms and you think they may be at risk of having pancreatitis, you should contact your vet.
There is no known reason why some dogs get pancreatitis. Older dogs who are overweight may be more likely to develop issues with their pancreas, more commonly it is due to the amount of fatty foods and table scraps a dog receives that can trigger issues.
Is there treatments available?
Your vet may want to try figure out what is causing the pancreatitis in the first place, for instance if it was due to medication, they received or due to their diet. They may recommend putting the dog on a pancreas friendly diet and avoiding fatty foods and table scraps.
When it is difficult to tell what exactly is causing the flare up, the vet may recommend focusing on keeping the dog as comfortable as possible and ensuring they have access to plenty of water to avoid dehydration. They may recommend giving your dog pain medication and something to help with the vomiting. You will then need to look at the dogs diet, to ensure they are receiving food that is easy for them to digest to reduce the risk of later flare ups.
Low-fat diets such as grains, veggies, lean meats, eggs and dairy can prevent pancreatitis and can keep it from recurring in dogs who are prone to it. This makes our Robbie’s Kidney Support dog food an excellent choice for dogs suffering from pancreatitis.
Our food is made with eggs which are an excellent source of protein for the pancreas as it is easy for them to digest. The eggs are low in fat and packed with essential amino and fatty acids, vitamins, as well as folate, iron, selenium and riboflavin. All of these can provide an array of health benefits for dogs as well as improving overall skin and coat health to stronger teeth and bones.
Lamb meat is a great source of high quality protein and essential amino acids as well as being a highly digestible meat protein. We have ensured out lamb meat is lean, reducing the amount of fat in the overall diet. It is also a great choice for dogs with a sensitive stomach which will come as part of the symptoms of pancreatitis. Due to its rich smell and flavour it can help fussy eaters enjoy a delicious meal, something that is quite common with pancreatitis when dogs have went off their food. Robbie’s range also needs hot water to be added to rehydrate the ingredients and should never be served dry especially to a dog suffering with pancreatitis. When you add hot water to dog food it will increase the smell making the food more appealing to the dog, a great benefit for dogs who have lost their appetite.