Canine Pancreatitis is severe inflammation of your pet’s pancreas that often occurs as a result of eating too much rich, fatty food and/or getting into the trash. Dogs over indulging on holiday table scraps often end up with indigestion, vomiting and/or diarrhea. These are signs of Pancreatitis. With repeated bouts of inflammation, the pancreas loses its ability to function properly which often leads to Diabetes.
WHAT YOU AND YOUR VET CAN DO
Diagnosis of canine pancreatitis is based on history, signs, and blood work if necessary. Treatment is geared to allow the pancreas and intestinal tract to rest by initially withholding food and water for ~6-8 hours. Fluids are given to maintain hydration. Most dogs respond well to treatment and within a couple days gradually resume eating, starting with a bland diet given in small portions several times daily.
Supplementing your dog’s diet with digestive enzymes allows the pancreas to rest and regenerate. Probiotics are the “friendly bacteria” whose job it is to absorb previously digested nutrients. Offering a daily probiotic supplement for at least 30 days after a bout of pancreatitis helps to rebalance your dog’s intestinal flora and stabilize the gut. Providing antioxidants, including Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Selenium help reduce canine pancreatic damage due to free radicals.
Prevention of canine pancreatitis is best. Moderation is key! Avoid fatty foods and stick to your pet’s normal diet as much as possible this holiday season.