Pancreatitis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the pancreas, afflicts millions of dogs annually. After your dog is diagnosed, you’ll want to make sure treatment goes smoothly and your dog is as comfortable as possible.
Your vet will give you more guidelines, but here are some steps you can take to keep your dog comfortable.
- Don’t feed or give your dog water for 24 hours or until symptoms subside. This allows the pancreas to rest and prevents inflammation.
- Pancreatitis can cause vomiting, so your dog will need medicine to prevent vomiting and restore lost electrolytes. Your vet should prescribe the appropriate medication.
- Dogs with pancreatitis usually experience muscle tightness. A visit to the chiropractor can help with this. Weekly visits can reduce your dog’s pain and make them more comfortable.
- As part of the treatment, your vet will probably prescribe a special diet for your dog. Stick to this diet! Do not feed your dog human food. Sticking to a healthy diet is important since a poor diet is a leading cause of pancreatitis.
- While your dog recovers, feed them small portions throughout the day instead of giving them one large meal. This makes their food easier to digest.
- Keep an eye on your dog while they recover. Pancreatitis can be fatal, and any worsening of symptoms should be immediately reported to your vet. Be ready to take your dog to the vet or an emergency pet hospital at all times.
Which Diet is Best for a Dog with Pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis frequently recurs, making it important to monitor your dog’s health after diagnosis. While you may not be able to completely prevent a recurrence, taking charge of your dog’s diet will do a lot to reduce the risk.
Here are the best diet guidelines to follow for your dog with pancreatitis.
- Adopt a low-fat diet for your dog. This means actively checking to make sure you feed your dog on a diet with no more than 10% fat. Check for labels that say the food is made for weight management or dogs with pancreatitis.
- Do not feed your dog human food or table scraps. This habit may be hard to break, but feeding your dog your leftovers puts their health at risk.
- Feed your dog fresh and whole foods that are easy on their digestive system. Complex carbohydrates and foods like kibble should be avoided completely. Not only are they hard to digest, but they may cause health problems.
- You can also give your dog supplements to improve their health. Ask your vet to recommend supplements that can reduce inflammation and improve your dog’s health.