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 1Ã°t organic cottage cheese to 2 tablespoons rice and about 1/4 c of the no fat no salt broth.