In dogs, cats, and other pets the pancreas -- as in humans -- is an endocrine organ most associated with the digestive system. Its primary role is to excrete enzymes necessary to lipid (fats, oils, and waxes) metabolism. The pancreas is also the organ that creates and releases insulin for sugar metabolism.
A healthy pancreas is taken for granted, but other health conditions in your pets can lead to complications with the pancreas, and sudden onset of conditions like pancreatitis is possible as well even without preceding health conditions or symptoms.
Pancreatitis in particular occurs in dogs and cats. It is a swelling and tenderness in the pancreas (found right amid the stomach, liver, small intestine, and spleen) that is caused by the release of stomach acids into the pancreas. Often, this results when your pet's blood lipid levels are high, perhaps after a fatty meal. Diabetes is also a risk factor.
Natural Pet Remedies: Natural digestive aids such as gymnestra, bromelain, and papain may be worth considering to reduce the risk or symptoms of pancreatitis.
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Prayer, Dietary Changes, Coconut Oil
[YEA] 11/09/2009: Mamaneko from Roanoke, Va: "I love this website and I am very thankful for all the people who share their knowledge. I have tried many natural remedies posted on this site and I am so much healthier than before. My story is about my cat, 12 years old, who got very sick over 6 months ago. I panicked because I have been single for a long time, living very far away from my parents and siblings,so this cat is my only companion.
The diagnosis was severe pancreatitis. I was also told that he may also have IBD; irritable bowel disease. He had been throwing up a lot more frequently before, he had lost so much weight, looked really weak and very sick, and he started 'crying' in pain several times a day. I was told that it takes "a lot" of pain for a cat to cry like that because they usually tolerate much pain as a part of self-defense. In the nature cats either hide themselves or act like fine when they are sick so they won't become easy preys for other animals. I was basically told that there is no way of saving the life of my kitty. Pancreatitis is very difficult treat even for humans. He was fighting well although getting very weak, and I just could not give up on him.
My friend and I laid our hands on him and prayed. He survived the most difficult time when he really could have died, and the result of the second checkup showed that his pancreatits flare up calmed down but they found his lymph nodes were very swallen. I was told that he may have cancer but he was too weak to get biopsy to check if it is cancer, so I decided to just let him live as long as he would. I decided to live one day at a time, enjoy our quality time together before he was gone. I could not believe he got so sick because I had been feeding him the most (so-called) "natural" and expensive cat food from a specialty pet store.
In desperation, I started giving him "the ultimate natural diet" for cats, which is basically raw meat as undomesticated cats (like barn cats) would eat, since I remembered reading testimonies online about the raw meat diet for cats helping sickened cats survive. I fed him small pieces of raw chicken breast freshly cut out of a defrosted whole organic chicken as I was told to give him low-fat food. This did the wonders. He could no longer eat anything very dry and hard, like the premium low-carb dry cat food with no meat byproducts I had been feeding. It was too harsh on his weakened tummy. I could see his raw meat was very easy on his stomach. I gave him a little bit of it, and he asked for more. I fed him only the raw organic chicken brest for several weeks, and he recovered!
More than six months later, he is still with me, running around like nothing had happened. He gets a small amount of prednisolone now, which makes him "so hungry" and he eats like a pig, but he never gains weight. At his recent checkup with the vet, I was told that I can reduce the amount of the medicine because now we know it was not cancer (he had not been dead). He eats a lot of soft food including his favorite raw organic chicken (I mix dark meat also now), softened dry cat food with no animal byproducts low in fat (I soften dry cat food with the same amount of water), natural canned food low in fat. At one time, I read something that said cat food sold at stores are all "pasturized" or "cooked" and they just don't have the things that "raw meat" has which in the natural environment is the most authentic cat food.
Although my cat recovered, every 2 to 3 weeks he has some bad days when he throws up a few times a day looking like his intestine is irritated. The other day, I tried mixing extra virgin coconut oil which I take regularly in his food, and it worked!! It calmed down his upset stomach very quickly and he stopped vomiting. His coat look shiny and he is just so energetic zooming around a young kitty and being very playful. I wanted to share my experience for cat owners who are distressed with their sick cats. These things, and prayer, really worked for my cat. I hope my information will help other cat lovers who are looking for alternative remedy for their kitties."