Last Modified on Jun 21, 2012
Acute or chronic canine pancreatitis can be a serious condition in dogs and should first be diagnosed and addressed by a veterinarian.
Pancreatitis is also possible in other animals, including cats. Symptoms in these animals include an unwillingness to eat, vomiting, and an uncharacteristic arching of the back. Inflammation of the pancreas (an organ at the back of the stomach that produces insulin and pancreatic enzymes) can be very painful, so your pet is liable to make its discomfort more clear than usual.
Pancreatitis can eventually result in decomposition of the pancreas and even in death, so any signs of abdominal pain in your dog accompanied by vomiting should be taken very seriously.
Natural Cures: For mild cases of pancreatitis, all that may be required is a period of fasting (no food or water) for 24-48 hours at most to allow the pet's digestive system reset and the pancreas to recover.
06/19/2012: Jilbert57 from Brinnon, Wa, Usa: "My dog recently underwent abdominal surgery for a mass in his liver. His recovery was slow, and come to find out through an abdominal ultrasound 10 days post surgery that he has developed a mild case of pancreatitis. I just wanted to post what was working for my dog but didn't find the heading of pancreatitis. Can I add it? Thanks. Jill"
10/04/2009: Tag from Waco, Tx: "Need Help - Critically Sick Dog!
My mother-in-law's Yacht (Yadt?) Terrier, a German Terrier, has fever and won't eat. She's about 11 or 12 years old.
She thinks it's her liver, maybe leptospirosis. This dog survived a pancreatic infection about 6-8 weeks ago, after iv's and injections round the clock. We thought she was doing well after that, until this weekend. In fact, 3 weeks ago, I saw her and she looked terrific, had lots of energy and was eating well.
Do any of you happen to know what could help that my mil could try? Tonight, she said the dog is about gone. This is her deceased husband's dog that became her close companion after his death.
Thanks for any suggestions."
07/04/2009: Pat from Asheville, NC: "I AM DESPERATE, DO U HAVE ANY INFO ON CANINE PANCREATITIS. HAVE 8 YR OLD YORKIE WHO SEEMS TO HAVE AN ATTACK EVERY OTHER WEEK. IS BEING FED ID DIET BUT DONT FEEL ENOUGH QUALITY FOOD IN IT."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/19/2011: Diana from Colorado Springs, Co replies: "Our Chihuahua has had pancreatitis for many years after having a bad attack after eating turkey skin. She had to have IV fluids and pain meds. This is what I have learned. She hated the prescription diet, so knowing she needed a low fat diet I cooked her food. I used turkey in the frozen rolls, cooked several pounds in a skillet, chopped up. When brown I rinsed the meat in a collander to get all the fat out. Then I put it back in the skillet and added a handful of plain dry oatmeal and water. Then added a handful of veggies--either green beans or green peas frozen. Cook a few minutes then dish it into freezer containers and freeze. When I would feed her I would crush a papaya tablet from the health food store with a fork and mix it in her food. I like Now brand. Feed 2 small meals per day. Small frquent meals are better. She did great on this for several years. Give no people food and no treats. You have to be very strict.
After my mother- in-law came to live with us and slipped the dog food, she kept having attacks. My son who is an MD said to add pancreatic enzymes to her food. We found these at the health food store in the digestion area. These are currently helping. Our chihuahua is 12 now but frail.
Good luck if your dog has pancreatitis--it is difficult."
[YEA] 06/20/2012: Jill from Brinnon, Wa: "My 13 year old male jack russell had abdominal surgery 2 weeks ago to remove a mass on his liver. They opened him up, found out the mass went all the way around his gall bladder, and we decided along with the surgeon to leave it in place. Biopsies of it were taken as well as other places on the liver.
His recovery was rocky. Seemed to be getting better one day, then in pain the next day. I had been in contact with the surgeon through the whole thing. Pain medication was increased which helped, then he got worse again. 10 days post op the surgeon wanted a recheck, at which time they removed his stitches, did blood work, a urinalysis(he is a confirmed urate stone former) and a ultrasound. They found his pancreas to be mildly inflamed. This accounted for the added pain he was experiencing.
I got on the net, and found a good article which stated that carbohydrates require the least pancreatic enzyme activity and to boil 1c white rice in 4 cups of water for 30 minutes. It does a good job of really over cooking the rice and making a starchy glob! But, I started feeding Mickey small amounts of the rice, 2 tablespoons with some no salt, no fat chicken broth 6 times a day. He experienced no discomfort upon eating and afterward. His regular kibble was a higher fat content and this was causing discomfort.
Pancreatitis is usually brought on by your dog getting in the garbage and eating a lot of fatty rich food, but can also be caused by surgery.
Just thought I would pass this along to any one else whose dog got a case of mild pancreatitis. We are now on day 4 of the short term diet and I have added 1 tablespoon of 1Ãºt organic cottage cheese to 2 tablespoons rice and about 1/4 c of the no fat no salt broth."