Pancreatitis is a condition that owners must stay vigilant with.
Its very dangerous and any suspected cases or symptoms MUST be checked by a vet!
The pancreas is responsible for releasing enzymes that aid in digestion. When the organ is working normally, the enzymes become active only when they reach the small intestine. In a dog with pancreatitis, however, the enzymes activate when they’re released, inflaming and causing damage to the pancreas and its surrounding tissue and other organs. The enzymes can actually begin to digest the pancreas itself, which causes extreme pain to your dog.
The main causes of Pancreatitis are from a dog eating something that they shouldn't have. Maybe from eating out of the bin, something on a walk or from eating something that is very high in fat like human food.
If your dog is diagnosed with Pancreatitis you vet will try and prescribe a horrendous processed kibble. Most commonly Royal Canin - Gastrointestinal.
Ingredients in this kibble are: Clinoptilolite of sedimentary origin: 5g - Preservatives. Rice, dehydrated poultry protein, wheat, barley, hydrolysed animal proteins, beet pulp, animal fats, minerals, yeasts products, fish oil, mono - and diglycerides of palmitic and stearic acids esterified with citric acid, psyllium husks and seeds, fructo-oligosaccharides (0.48%), hydrolysed yeast (source of manno-oligo-saccharides) (0.19%), marigold extract (source of lutein).
GROSS!! I would strongly recommend not feeding this to your dog!
I actually know a raw fed dog who was put on this diet due to acute pancreatitis. This food almost killed him and reduced him to skin and bones! Thankfully the owner decided to go against the vets advise to feed this and got her dog back on a balanced raw diet where he made a full recovery and got back to his normal healthy weight once again.
So what to do should you dog be diagnosed with Pancreatitis?
First of all you need to get the condition stable.
For the first 14 days after an attack you need to feed solely Green Tripe. You can find out all about Green Tripe here
Green Tripe is very low in fat and packed full of nutrients. Its also has a complete balanced ratio 1:1 of Calcium:Phosphurus.
No other food or treats during this time. Very important!
Slippery Elm Bark (Tree Barks Powder) is the only supplement I would advise to feed during this initial recovery time. Slippery elm bark is a demulcent. This means that it is capable of soothing the lining of the stomach and intestines and reducing irritation. Demulcents are sometimes referred to as mucoprotective agents. It will ease your dogs stomach and help aid digestion and absorption of nutrients to get your dogs health back on track. You can buy this from Pure and Raw.
Once the condition has stabled and your over this 2 week Tripe only period its time to start reintroducing low fat meats once again.
Its best to use any meats that they have already had before. If your feeding meats they haven't had before mix with tripe and the low fat proteins they are used to.
Low fat meats to use are: Turkey, Chicken, Rabbit, Venison and Pheasant.
After a couple of months on low fat its time to start reintroducing high fats again. SLOWLY.
Its really important to feed these high fats again to get the pancreas back to working normally again. If you don't then the organ will always be weak and prone to future attacks.
But I cant stress enough, that this needs to be done slowly. like 20g of the higher fat meat per day mixed in with the low fat meats and green tripe. Increasing as the weeks go on slowly by 10g each week.
If your dog experiences another attack then you need to go straight back to the just tripe again until they are stable and start again with the low fat foods.
Keep it simple. Don't rush the introductions and if you need any help with picking which meats etc you need feel free to come on down to the shop and I will do my best to help you out.