Diet suggestions for chronic pancreatitis
Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:05 AM
So my 2 year old Cain Commodore has had about 3 boughts of vomiting and diarrhea that have been associated with pancreatitis. We did blood work twice when this happened and his CPL enzyme was always elevated. Twice he had to go in for hospitalization and IV fluids (the little bugger always comes back chipper and energetic after we spend a few hundred dollars on him...it's like he knows we just forked over a small fortune to make him better...cheeky)
Anyways we want to avoid this happening again and are looking to change his diet. He was on the hills prescription id food for a bit (we did some wet food then used the kibble) and we gradually added in his previous kibble (Acana)
We are now out of his kibble and are wanting to change things. We have read a lot about a raw diet of organs and meat with bones being good for pancreatitis. We have also looked into low-fat and high protein kibble.
We would like to avoid getting him on a wet food only diet or using the prescription hills (both are pretty pricey)
We also have a second cairn who is healthy so we don't want to have to fine tailor each diet differently unless we absolutely need to.
Any advice here?
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Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:06 PM
I had a terrier mix with pancreatitis. It's a nasty disease and something you don't want to mess around with. Our vet told us to eliminate everything fatty - scraps off the table, high-fat treats, etc.. If I recall correctly I don't believe we changed her dog food but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt. You'll want to avoid fat in Commodore's diet and you can probably do some online research to find a suitable dog food for him. If you want to home cook, I bet there are resources for that, too. I doubt that it's necessary to spend a fortune on prescription food; there are low-fat alternatives available that are less expensive.
Good luck and keep us posted! Hang in there, Commodore.
Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:07 PM
what does your vet advise? - you will probably need to feed your two dogs different diets, it's very important for dogs that are prone to pancreatitis to have a special diet - i got a 13yo foster friday evening who's had one bout of it, and he's on canned w/d - pancreatitis is an instance where i strictly follow the vet's advice, since it can be life threatening, and once they've had it, they're more likely to get it again unless you're absolutely religious about following diet instructions
Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:09 PM
i know two people who have cairns with pancreatitis who used to home cook for them, and in both cases, the vets said the dogs can't tolerate a home cooked diet
Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:36 AM
The vet has recommended the Hills prescription ID food (wet or dry). I looked at it and compared it to another type of kibble and it is actually about the same fat content but lower protein. They say that a hight protein, low fat diet is the best. I feel that if I can get them both eating kibble that fits that bill it won't be so bad and we can supplement Commer's diet more with certain foods. Controlling the kibble will be hard because neither of them eat on demand, they have access to their kibble all day and they have the same freedoms in the house. Plus I feel bad if I give Commer delicious wet food without giving Wren anything. Honestly, we just cant manage the cost of buying him wet food all the time ($3 per can) or the prescription diet kibble. It is $40 for a 2kg bag which is quite pricey.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 07:05 PM
Edited by jo_, 03 June 2013 - 07:07 PM.