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.
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
[YEA] 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 1út organic cottage cheese to 2 tablespoons rice and about 1/4 c of the no fat no salt broth.