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  • #163604
    Piki G
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    My dog Tapi succumbed to death a month ago, from pancreatic complications after he was placed on the bladder stone diet. He had just turned 8 (his breed lives for about 16 years).

    Tapi always had a bit of a weak stomach; couldn’t tolerate fatty food. He was placed on a low fat diet all his life. I was never told why (& I never asked why) except for the fact that this diet suited him, so nothing to worry!

    Upon having a detailed discussion with the doctor who saw him last, I understood that a possible reason why Tapi couldn’t tolerate fatty food was most likely a sign of underlying chronic pancreatitis.

    Every year Tapi suffered from seasonal allergies and his vet prescribed him Prednisone. I am told now that Prednisone affects the pancreas. Supposedly Apoquel is a better alternative with milder side effects.

    The irony is Tapi could have continued with his low fat GI diet post surgery; all the doc needed to do was to add an enzyme to his diet to prevent the bladder stones from forming. It was just that simple.

    What I learnt from this is to not change your pets food all of a sudden, especially if the pet is on a special diet. There is always a way around it.

    #162398
    Cara G
    Participant

    My Mattie is doing well now after a lot of experimentation by my vet. Hopefully this can help someone else’s pet! My vet took her off the Royal Canine GI low fat and put her on the Royal Canine Urinary after her bladder stones(calcium oxalate) were surgically removed. This was a huge mistake to switch her food!! She developed the Pancreatitis which is SO much worse. We immediately returned her to Royal Canine Gastrointestinal low fat dry and wet food, plus I give her several Royal Canine GI snacks a day. She is also on one Denamarin pill each morning an hour before eating her first meal. I have to give it to her with a small amount of her GI wet food. Then twice a day after eating she gets a syringe of the compounded prescription Ursodiol (my vet sent the prescription to my pharmacy to compound). She finally is back to her old self and feels wonderful! We check her liver enzymes every two months now and they continue to go down. We also check her urine which is now normal. The following is what we are doing to prevent future bladder stones from forming: I feed her four small meals a day. A scoop of dry with water twice a day and 1/4 can of wet with lots of water twice a day. The water has her peeing the crystals out before they can form stones! I do have to take her out more frequently but it is so worth it! My vet recommended the wet in addition to the dry because it has so much more water in it than the dry. Plus he recommended to add even more water to it, which I do. My Mattie is 11 pounds and my vet has told me exactly how much to feed her so she will not gain wait. I give her 1/4 cup of dry twice a day and 1/4 of wet twice a day. So far so good!!

    #162379
    Piki G
    Participant

    My 8 years old Daisy (mixed breed) have been on Royal Canine GI low fat diet his entire life until he developed bladder stones (calcium oxalate) and was put on Hills c/d diet. He was on this diet for about a month, and ended up getting pancreatitis.

    I too am struggling to find a diet suitable for both conditions, but am leaning towards home cooking just because I don’t understand /rely on dog food anymore.

    He is on boiled white rice, boiled chicken, boiled carrots and bone broth to begin with, while still trying to figure out a balanced diet.

    He surely is suffering way more from pancreatitis than from his stones and bladder surgery.

    sunshine D
    Participant

    ZCRiley , ur post is negative then turns to mame it seem like u like / approved of the product & heres some info on avocados
    we do know that dogs especially sensitive dogs can develop pancreatitis, even if they only eat a small amount of avocado pulp.
    Pancreatitis is inflammation of the digestive organ called the pancreas. In some cases, this condition can even be fatal. So as a rule, I actually do not recommend feeding avocados to dogs.
    If your dog eats the pulp of an avocado, it’s always a good idea to watch them for 24-48 hours, and report any vomiting, diarrhea or signs of abdominal discomfort to your veterinarian.
    While there are some health benefits to avocados—including vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants— these benefits can be obtained by feeding other foods that are lower in fat and do not contain the risk of inducing pancreatitis.

    #160421
    Patricia A
    Member

    Madison I have dogs’ which have digestive problems with higher fat in their diet. I came to that conclusion because whenever I fed certain home cooked food as a kibble topper they would have loose stools. That being dark meat chicken vs boiled white meat, ground beef that wasn’t 90% fat free, fatty pieces of steak vs very lean(when they got lucky lol). They have no trouble with plain, boiled salmon.
    So, that being said I hope I can make some suggestions of a starting point in switching to raw and then you can see how she does with each of these brands.
    I got used to my dogs’ with one brand/protein VERY, VERY, VERY slowly. Then when i knew that they were digestively good with the brand/protein I would switch the protein also very slowly. Just giving them bits mixed in with the other protein. Eventually, I also would change brands and did the same. I just feel better not sticking always to one brand, but that’s me.
    I used a starting point by looking at the raw food reviews on DFA. This led me to Primal, Stella Chewy’s, I have Chihuahuas’. This allowed me to use freeze dried. However, for a larger dog as yours, I believe the frozen raw would be most cost efficient. Freeze Dried should be the same as raw nutritionally once hydrated.
    I always only feed his 5* reviews in the protein/flavor of that brand. I believe he rates by protein to fat ratio. So the 5* ones are lower in fat. So I stick to Primal’s turkey/sardine, venison, pork, duck. All of these proteins/flavors are non HPP (HIGH-PRESSURE PROCESSING (HPP)
    High-Pressure Processing, or HPP, is an FDA- and USDA-approved cold water pressure process that allows us to target salmonella and other food-borne pathogens—without cooking.) Some raw feeders do not like the HPP process claiming it effects nutritional values. However other studies show he use of High Pressure Processing (known as HPP) is becoming increasingly common with commercial raw dog foods. However, HPP can be a controversial process. Some view it as an effective way to eliminate disease-causing bacteria while having only minimal effect on the integrity of the finished product.)
    I believe Stella’s uses HPP in all their products. With their food I use chicken, venison bland and their rabbit.
    Their are many other companies which are rated highly on this site. I believe VITAL ESSENTIALS is the brand which Is as a whole below in fat . If you go to the reviews on DFA they are all listed as a 5*. Many different flavors also. They are also low in calories . Their company goes by the prey model which is no veggies/fruits which are sometimes added to other brands. vital essentials example (ngredients: Beef, beef tripe, beef lung, ground beef bone, beef liver, beef heart, beef kidney, beef blood, beef fat, herring oil, d-alpha tocopherol)
    I also want to suggest possibly kibble with salmon. Pancreatic digestive enzyme supplements have been reported to help some dogs with pancreatitis while fish body oils (such as salmon oil or EPA oil but not cod liver oil), can help to lower blood lipid levels which may reduce the workload on the pancreas.
    I believe your dog does not suffer from pancreatitis but just occasional IBS? So I hope she does well with any of these . Just go slowly. So much confusion with all those brands. Hope I gave you a good starting point and she does well with these suggestions.

    #160410
    Madison K
    Participant

    Hi all!

    So I’m looking into switching my dog to raw. She has always eaten kibbble and wet food and has been on Wellness since end of last year. She is 7 years old, 50lbs, rottie/beagle/lab/who knows what.

    She has had some issues the last few years and I’ve tried changing her food and have taken her to the vet for each individual issue (sensitive stomach — she vomits and/or has diarrhea a day or 2 every couple of months, chews her paws, and has low energy) but I am realizing that these individual concerns might be a symptom of the same main problem and have heard that switching to raw has helped some dogs with similar issues. I’m a bit overwhelmed by the options (freeze dried vs frozen vs dehydrated), brands, etc so would love to hear from *real* people about the following:

    – what raw brands have you tried and liked?
    – do you have any recommendations on form of raw (freeze dried, frozen or dehydrated)?
    – has anyone had dogs with similar issues as mine (above) and seen positive results when switching to raw?

    I’m also a little concerned about the fat content of a lot of raw food I found online, especially since I’ve heard my dog *may* have pancreatitis (she is going to the vet today for blood work). Idk if anyone has any thoughts on that?

    Sorry for all the questions:) just curious about your personal experiences and recommendations:) thanks in advance!!

    #160029
    Susan
    Member

    @ Wonderuspups,
    A Colonoscopy is different to an Endoscope Stomach you just need a empty stomach, not empty bowel the camera can only go down esophagus & maybe small bowel only if the sphincter flap is open to enter small bowel for dogs.
    Patch has IBD not IBS..
    When Patch is having Endoscope + Biopsies, he eats his Dinner night before then no more food after 8pm, no water after 12am, next day he goes to vet 10am, his Endoscope app is at 11am, blood is taken for anesthetic check.
    then I get a call from his vet nurse who’s looking after him after his procedure to tell me Patch has woken up come around 3pm to pick him up then he’s back home eating small meal 3-4pm & running around, there’s no pain with Endoscope/Biopsies, he stayed on his Acid Blocker meds weren’t stopped same with me.
    I have Endoscope every 5 yrs, no food after 12am I’m at hospital 8am next day, back home 11am same day & I have to take my meds before I leave home that morning, when I was younger I was told to stop my ant acid medication 2 weeks before Endoscope & my god the pain I had bad acid reflux, when my scope/biopsies was finished & I woke up the Gastro Dr told me to take my ant acid medication as soon as I get home, cause my esophagus & stomach is red & inflamed..

    Turmeric is hot spice, I cant take it & I’d never give to Patch as it would upset his stomach. Same as Apple Cider Vinegar makes acid reflux worse if dog or person is making too much Hydrochloric acid in their stomach, coconut oil can cause bad acid reflux as well its a hard fat, not a soluble fat.
    You have to be very careful with animals as they cant talk & tell owner they’re in more pain after having natural herbs etc.. The only supplement I’ll use is Slippery Elm powder cause I’ve tried it & CBD oil, I always try things first..

    @ Sienna.
    I’d be trying medications before trying any holistic supplements, Turmeric can cause stomach upset, if your dog has Ulcer Turmeric will make pain worse.
    Patch was eating Earthborn Holistic Ocean Fusion & the fish made his acid worse he cant eat any fish kibbles they’re higher in Omega Oils, also dogs who suffer with Pancreatitis have problems with oily fish + fish oils, they can cause a Pancreas flare, if you follow Dr Judy Morgan her old dog he’s since passed away, he kept having Pancreatic flare every month so Judy stopped everything in his diet & did Elimination Food diet & re introduced everything slowly & it was the Fish Oil causing his flares… look at Turkey & Potato kibbles, Pork & Potato kibbles
    Here’s Canidae Pure Wild Boar but the fat is 15-16%???
    https://www.canidae.com/dogs/canidae-pure-grain-free-dry-dog-food-wild-boar/

    Patch does really well on the Canidae Pure Senior it has the lowest fat- 10.80%max are you 100% sure she cant have Chicken you’ve don’t a proper elimination diet?

    There’s also 4Health Special Care Sensitive Stomach, there’s NO meat + kcals are low
    https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/4health-special-care-sensitive-stomach-formula-for-adult-dogs-8-lb-bag?cm_vc=-10011

    4Health has Lamb & Rice Kcals are 328Kcals per cup easy to digest ingredients fat -12%min.

    Sometimes we have to put aside our strong beliefs & do whats best for the dog, I’m feeding Patch Eukanuba Senior kibble Eukanuba made in Australia, ingredients are slightly different to USA Eukanuba, it has Corn & Wheat & Patch isn’t wanting his grass he normally wants after Dinner, I’m going back to what Patch was first put on when I rescued him 2012 + I know Eukanuba makes low residue kibbles easy to digest ingredients.

    #159934
    sienna11711
    Participant

    Yes, I was actually on the EPI forum recently and all of the EPI dogs have really poor stools and poor appetites, and weight loss. On fresh food my dog lost weight rapidly, but back on kibble her weight is stable and her body is ideal. I sent them her recent bloodwork and they said it looked indicative of chronic pancreatitis, but a low fat food combined with incubating the food in enzymes and warm water for 15-20 min usually causes a big turnaround for dogs with that issue.

    My vet told me her behavior is likely 100% behavioral- that my dog is basically just so generally stressed that she is resorting to eating- and since she doesn’t have loose stool or diarrhea that she may just have general IBD but to keep her on this same food since her stools are nice and firm with it.

    I know she is ravenous because when we go out on walks the entire walk she is nose to the ground sniffing for food and poop. Sometimes she will be so keen to find food or crumbs that she literally bumps into poles and stuff when I try to keep her moving. Sometime we’ll be crossing a busy road and she will drop to the ground to eat something while cars are waiting for us to cross. Before quarantine, when I’d go out to a restaurant, instead of sitting down and hanging out she would be all over me, trying to get onto the table, and crawling all over the surrounding tables on the floor to sniff for crumbs. She wakes up 1-2 hours earlier than usual these days and barks and whines at me to eat. I thought at first it was to go out but if I take her out before feeding her she will just frantically look for food and potty a few minutes into the walk, so I know it’s not bathroom related. After she eats she will drink any and all water in the bowl, and then keep sniffing her food bowl, then go back to water bowl, then come to me and whine and keep doing that over and over. If I don’t strictly monitor her water intake she will just gulp it all away and pee herself while napping. Around 2:30 pm ( dinner is at 5pm) she becomes impossible to deal with. She follows my every move, paws at me constantly, and will just sit there hypervigilant of what I’m doing. If I even move to adjust myself on the couch she will get up as if we were going somewhere. If I’m eating she will literally be underfoot. Her counter surfing has surged, now if I leave anything on the counter in a box she will knock it over. I left a taped box of donuts and went to take out trash down the hallway and when I came back she had taken the entire box down on the floor, ripped it open, and ate 12 donuts in a matter of 45 seconds. When I leave and watch her on the pet camera, she goes straight into the kitchen and jumps up on the counter and sniffs the entire area of it. I’ve always been really food about not leaving anything out, but I was always able to leave fruit out or even boxes of snacks so long at they were closed, but now anything is fair game for her. All of this becomes 10 times worse if we do more activity like long walks, little trips to the park or to the beach…so it’s really diminished our relationship unfortunately. She’s also not very playful anymore, she only grabs her toys when shes hungry and is super rough if I try to play with her so it seems like it’s only agitation.

    Previously, she was always a food lover, and would always come and stand in the kitchen if I was cooking or eating, but I would ask her to move away and go sit on her bed and it was that easy. She would only try to steal off the counter if it was open sitting on a plate and no one was in the room, otherwise she wouldn’t touch it. I used to take her everywhere that was pet friendly with me. She was also a much more gentle player.

    #159658
    Susan
    Member

    Hi Sienna,
    Your girl sounds just like my Patch, who I rescued November- 2012. He was weeing blood when I got him & Ultra Scan showed Urinary Crystals he was put on Royal Canine S/O Urinary Wet & dry kibble for 6 weeks to dissolve the crystals & he was desexed, I adopted him cause I didnt see any health problems probably cause he was on the R/C Vet Diet as soon as the vet said his crystals have dissolved feed him what he was eating before this is when my nightmare begun & he was always STARVING HUNGRY eating cat poo… I kept thinking Pancreatitis, but all times we checked his Pancreas its good, he cries whinges after he eats, wet food is the worst if comes back up cause it digests quicker & cause his lower sphincter flap isn’t closing properly the food comes up his esophagus & throat causing acid reflux, a Acid Blocker- Pantoprazole-20mg given in morning really helps Patch even stopped his vomiting finally in 2018 Patches stories are thru DFA Forum section how I nilly put him to sleep 2018 he was 10yrs old but we have really good vets in Australia who wouldn’t put Patch to sleep till they worked out what was happening now.
    Vet changed his PPI to 20mg-Pantoprozole it works heaps better then Omeprazole , I take Pantoprazole for my GERDS & asked my vet can we please change his PPI as they all work different till you find the right one for yourself & dogs would be the same + my gastro specialist told me Pantoprazole is best when Lower Esophageal Flap isnt closing properly.

    Have you done Endoscope & Biopsies yet? you need the Biopsies so vet can diagnose properly. Or ask vet can you please try the triple therapy meds for Helicobacter all dogs have Helicobacter BUT when a dogs immune system is compromised the Helicobacter takes over the dog stomach also Patch suffers with Environment Allergies in Summer causing his immune system to crash by Autunm cause its been working overtime fighting his allergies this causing bad acid reflux as well, Patch does best on an easy to digest kibble.
    Canidae Pure Senior, Wellness Core Large breed adult but they changed their recipe & added Lentils Patch cant eat Lentils he gets Diarrhea, he does really well on Potato & Sweet Potato kibbles.
    Patch suffers with IBD, LES =Lower Esophageal Sphincter Flap doesn’t close properly in between his stomach & esophagus causing BAD Acid reflux, 1 yr after I rescued Patch I was told my boy has IBD I didnt believe vet so I asked can we do Endoscope & Biopsies, the Biopsies came back IBD, Helicobacter Pylori he was put on Triple therapy medications for 21 days, Metronidazole & Amoxicillin given every 12 hours with a meal & a PPI -Pantoprazole or Omeprazole-20mg given in the morning before breakfast, a gluten free, low fat diet is best, no high fiber diets, 8 yrs on he still has Pain stomach area, doesn’t eat poo no more as soon as we fixed his Helicobacter & kept him on a PPI the poo eating all stopped , your girl has Pain in stomach & food relieves her stomach pain, the Helicobacter lives in their stomach walls, food stops the pain BUT 20-30mins later they’re starving again how I know is I suffered with Helicobacter when I was younger, get her on the Metronidazole, Amoxicillin & a PPI will help her you’ll see results 5-7 days..then when medications are finished after 21 days continue with teh PPI or you’ll have to do the triple therapy meds over & over again I did research & Drs found when humans stayed on their PPI medication their Helicobacter didnt have the right environment in the stomach.
    There’s a few of Patches post thru DFA Forum back 2015-2018..
    I havent had time yet to read your posts, I have to feed Patch now its 7pm he’s waiting, he eats 5 smaller kibble meals a day 7am,-1/2 a cup kibble, 9am-1/2 cup kibble, 12pm he either gets 1/3 cup kibble or 1/2 boiled Sweet potato, 1/2 boiled white potato with his lean Pork rissoles but he prefers his kibble some days, 5pm 1/2 cup kibble, 7pm-1/3 cup kibble 9am a dry piece of Milk Arrowroot Biscuit then at 10pm he gets 1/2 his Quick Eze Rapid Chew ant acid lollie every single night they have also found Pepto Bismol kills off the Helicobacter
    Hes doing well on his Eukanuba Senior kibble we have just started 3-4 weeks ago, I have to rotate his kibbles as soon as he starts showing he has his stomach pain I change his kibble.. also the Kcals in the kibble need to be under 360Kcals per cup or he gets his pain right side..
    are you on Face Book??
    join “Acid reflux in Dogs” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1635198406751056
    I’m on there you can msg me on f/b if you want…You’ll see Patches photo hes a English Staffy & my name is Susan B

    #159654
    Patricia A
    Member

    oops forgot to put this article. Might be helpful? https://dogsfirst.ie/health-issues/pancreatitis-dogs-part-2-solution/

    #159621
    Patricia A
    Member

    Wow that’s a lot of abnormal symptoms without the vet resolving any. Seems like they are guessing and giving possibly unneeded medications since it never resolved the problems. No definitive diagnosis of hypothyroidism but put on that medication could cause more symptoms .
    Has the vet given a cause of the constant UTI’s? Were these her symptoms?
    ( The most common cause of UTIs in dogs is bacteria, which enters upwards through the urethral opening. The bacteria can develop when feces or debris enter the area, or if your dog’s immune system is weakened from lack of nutrients.
    In most cases, E. coli is the bacterium that causes such infections. In more severe, but less common cases, causes include cancer, bladder disease, kidney disease and stones, diabetes, bladder inflammation or infection, spinal cord abnormalities, and prostate disease.)
    Symptoms of UTIs in Dogs
    Bloody and/or cloudy urine
    Straining or whimpering during urination
    Accidents in the house
    Wanting to be let outside more frequently
    Dribbling urine
    Licking around urinary opening
    Fever
    If not then is it possible she never had constant UTI’s? Because if she did they at least should have found a cause and preventive treatment.
    Also is it possible she has chronic pancreatitis? Then a change in dog food and given high protein and low fat diet should help. But worst thing is the constant switching of food . This will give stomach pain and diarrhea . Any switch has to be done VERY VERY VERY slowly to get used to. With the chicken was it ONLY white meat? Normally if a dog has pancreatitis they can tolerate WHITE meat boiled chicken (not from store bought seasoned already) and plain rice. Give this for a few days and a few times a day and see if she tolerated that. Give a break from meds and all the switching of foods and just work on her digestion first possibly. Have a calm place for her to eat with no excitement so the food doesn’t go right through her if she’s an anxious by nature dog. Hope this helps a little If not take her back to vet for some definitive tests and answers.

    sienna11711
    Participant

    Hi all, any bit of advice or insight?

    9 year old spayed female boxer, 56 pounds, eating 3 cups of Victor Professional Formula daily.

    For the last 9 months we have been dealing with:

    Behavior-wise
    -restless
    -sleeps a lot less during the day, wakes up earlier to eat
    -clingy, doesn’t stop following me
    -frantic and fearful when outside
    -extreme reactivity to dogs that gets WORSE with more food (I know this sounds crazy)
    -flinches when being pet
    -will nip at strangers who get too close to her body (not always, still likes people a lot and always wants to say hi)
    -will nip if you try to pick her up or move her
    -doesn’t play or cuddle
    -pees a lot on walks

    Digestion/health-wise
    -ravenous, always looking for food
    -eats other dog’s poop on walks
    -previously regurgitated kibble everyday, hours later
    -previously struggled with chronic UTIs (low immunity)
    -frantic in the AM about eating
    -drinks excessively after checking empty food bowl
    -shedding excessively
    -anal glands leaking and peeing herself while she sleeps
    -fat such as fish oil makes her nauseous / may vomit
    -cannot digest real food period (ie. rice and boiled chicken, cooked veggies, cooked ground turkey, or raw meat)
    -with the above food her stool is orange and slimy
    -stool has changed over time since adoption at age 7 from pooping way too much but now it is normal, firm, brown

    Labwork
    -consistently low T4 despite using levothyroxine, took her off in Jan 2020
    -T4 goes up into normal range when she is on anxiety medicine
    -extremely high/out of range TLI
    -high cPL
    -has, at times, had very high PSL randomly
    -no diabetes, no cushings, NOTHING glaring us in the face

    -We have tried every digestive supplement you can think of and many different foods including grain free, with grains, dehydrated cooked, dehydrated raw, actual raw, and actual cooked
    -We have worked with an animal behaviorist who does not think this is purely behavioral
    -She lost 8 pounds eating up to 2 pounds of raw a day
    -She is much less reactive on cooked food and raw, but will rapidly lose weight and be even hungrier
    -We have also tried Hills Science Diet wet food for IBD, orange slimy stool
    -She can only really “digest” kibble

    Chronic low grade pancreatitis was brought up to me on another forum but her stool is totally normal, so not too sure.
    I do think that whatever “this” is affects her thyroid function but the thyroid itself is not the root cause- vet agrees
    I just recently began putting enzymes in her food and incubating 20 min with warm water– will see if any improvement

    #158831
    Lauren S
    Member

    Hi Jared, sorry to say I don’t have an update that will help you. I lost my boy a month ago to the IMTP. He went through 4 bouts of IMTP from 2017-2020 and during that time, his lipase levels were like a rollercoaster.

    I’ve charted all of his bloodwork in Excel (there was a lot of it given the IMTP) and he had an abnormal CPL (the pancreas-specific lipase test, as the poster above mentions) for pretty much all of 2017. He did have drug-induced pancreatitis at one point that we had to hospitalize him for since it coincided with an IMTP relapse, but he wasn’t symptomatic any other time throughout his life and he still had these high levels that would rise and fall. He was on a ton of medication for the IMTP but his pancreatic levels didn’t coincide with the level of drugs he was on for that, with the exception of the one instance where it was drug induced. He had so much testing done for other things, with numerous abdominal ultrasounds and CT scans included, and nothing on his pancreas was ever noted. We were very strict about giving him only low-fat foods, too. It was quite the head scratcher but luckily never turned into too much of an issue.

    #158827
    Patricia A
    Member

    Jared if your dog has high Lipase levels read this article regarding correct blood test to determine if the elevation truly is from pancreatitis or some other problem. Can routine tests be used to diagnose pancreatitis?
    Routine blood tests, including a Complete Blood Count and Biochemistry Profile (see handouts: “Complete Blood Count” and “Serum Biochemistry”) typically reveal abnormalities that are suggestive of pancreatitis. However, the changes are not unique to the disease and do not give a definitive diagnosis.
    In the past, the diagnosis of pancreatitis was based on finding high levels of two enzymes called serum amylase and serum lipase. While high values of these enzymes can be found in dogs with pancreatitis, the tests have not proven reliable and are no longer considered the tests of choice for diagnosing pancreatitis in the dog.
    What is pancreas-specific lipase? How is it different from serum lipase?
    “…blood values increase only when there is pancreatic inflammation.”
    Pancreas-specific lipase is a form of lipase produced only in the pancreas. It is highly specific to the pancreas, and blood values increase only when there is pancreatic inflammation. By comparison, serum lipase can come from tissues other than the pancreas, and high blood values can occur with conditions other than pancreatitis.

    #157861
    Patricia A
    Member

    Maybe a starting point would be to find a food low in fat but has a good protein level. I feed freeze dried raw. This way with the hydration they are getting plenty of water. I also stick to only the LOW IN FAT proteins because my one would get diarrhea with the high fat. So maybe the best you can do with diet is the hard task of helping with the pancreatitis as well as the bladder stones is the high protein/low fat diet.
    I read this in Whole Dog Journal
    Low-protein diets have also been shown to predispose dogs to pancreatitis, especially when combined with high fat intake. Some prescription diets may be a concern, such as those prescribed to dissolve struvite bladder stones; to prevent calcium oxalate, urate, or cystine stones; and to treat kidney disease; especially for breeds prone to pancreatitis.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by Patricia A.
    Cara G
    Participant

    Thank you for your insight! Now I’m beginning to think the Soho triggered Mattie’s Pancreatitis! I still have 3/4 of a bag and going to take it back and switch it for the Gastrointestinal food. Your right…treating the Pancreatitis comes first, I just wish there was a low fat dog food that could treat the urinary issues too. I hate to keep putting her through surgeries for removal of the stones. But I guess that’s my only option.

    Sara P
    Participant

    Thank you all for your suggestions and help.
    Unfortunately there is no prescription for both health issues the diet to aid stones is very high in fat so not suitable for pancreatitis.
    My mini schnauzer has an incredibly sensitive stomach and doesn’t cope well if I change food. He’s had kibble and boiled chicken for the whole 9 years of his life. Now I need to give him a low protein diet so switched to carrot on his food and soak the kibble in filtered water.
    The vet has said to treat pancreatitis over the stones.
    I am happy to consider cooking home made for him but it’s daunting.

    #157821
    Cara G
    Participant

    Most treats you listed would be bad for Mattie’s Pancreatitis.

    #157820
    Cara G
    Participant

    Patricia thank you for your insight but my main issue is preventing the pancreatitis flare ups while preventing future bladder stones. Royal Canin Soho prevents future stones but does not deal with the Pancreatitis. Royal Canin Gastrointestinal deals with the pancreatitis. What I’m looking for is a food that does BOTH.

    Cara G
    Participant

    I’m having the exact same issue! No Royal Canin does NOT have one that covers both issues. My vet has her back on Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Low fat again and off of the Urinary SoHo but says she will most likely will have future bladder stones. I so wish someone would come up with a dog food that covers both issues! Mattie is just recovering from bladder stones removal surgery and i know we will have to do the surgery again since she is off the SoHo due to her pancreatitis! It’s so frustrating!

    Sara P
    Participant

    My dog has chronic pancreatitis and calcium
    Oxalate stones

    #157640
    Debra K
    Participant

    One of my Toy Poodles (13yrs old) after $1000 of tests, was recently diagnosed with Pancreatitis and PLE. I don’t know if the vet even knew what he was talking about, because I took her to an Urgent Care vet at the local Vet Specialty Hospital (when the idiot didn’t prescribe anything, just wanted to do another $700 worth of testing), the vet there said her symptoms didn’t match his diagnosis. She was given fluids and a probiotic Visbiome. I wonder if maybe the fact that I had been soaking her in Magnesium Oil Flakes and Lavender Oil, twice a day and rubbing her tummy with Hemp Seed Oil, had helped? I am also giving her Slippery Elm, twice a day and chicken quarters, first cooked in a crock pot, then boiled with spices and chicken bouillion for a hour and a half, then drained. I am also mashing up small chunks of beef liver, in with the chicken and giving her B12 fortified Brewer’s Yeast., Vit E and COQ10. She is doing so much better now, 2wks later. Almost back to normal. No more diarrhea, her stools are soft, but formed and no vomiting at all.
    I have read that Pancreatitis can cause low Magnesium and can contribute to Diabetes, it is also very relaxing and helps with pain, along with the Hemp Oil. Magnesium Oil, is the best way to absorb it, thru the skin and it’s helping my arthritic fingers, as I give her a massage while she’s soaking–for about 10mins. I am also giving her an Apple Cider Vinegar tablet, which is considered to be a prebiotic (the first vet acted like I was a lunatic, for doing so) and she has been improving ever since. I have an appt to go see an internist at the Specialty Hosp., but it’s not for another 2mos.
    I have read on homeopathic vet websites, that regular vets are only given about 1week of nutrition training, during their 4yr course and it’s all paid for, by major pet food companies. It was also stated, that they only know how to react to situations, not prevent them in the first place and prescribe drugs, that only treat the symptoms not the cause.

    #157632
    Julie B
    Participant

    Hi – I have a Jack Russel that is 8.5 year old. He was in the hospital with pancreatitis back before Easter – the vet said at the time he had elevated liver enzymes which was secondary to the pancreatitis. We brought him hone after 5 days in the hospital only to bring him back with more complications. This time he had water in his belly. We agreed to a liver biopsy which was done last week. Just before the biopsy cooper started filling up with fluid. The liver biopsy showed some hepatitis but not enough to be causing the water buildup in his belly. The Vet concluded that the cause is protein losing enteropathy is caused by issues in the GI Tract so he upped the prednisone medication. I asked about diet and he told me that while changes could be helpful it will not cure him. We move have more fluid in his belly and are watching to see if it goes down. What can we do????

    #157460
    marilyn s
    Member

    HI,

    My 12.5 old mini poodle had a severe case of pancreatitis and was in hospital for 3 days. She is now on a diet of boiled chicken, rice, scrambled egg, and dry Royal Canin Gastrointestinal….low fat, high protein diet. I just found out she has poor kidney function and needs to be on a low protein diet for that…so I need to somehow combine these 2 issues. Does anyone have a suggestion? The vet said the pancreatitis was the more important issue. She doesn’t like wet dog food.

    Thanks,
    marilyn

    #157459

    In reply to: Pancreatitis Diet

    marilyn s
    Member

    HI,

    My 12.5 old mini poodle had a severe case of pancreatitis and was in hospital for 3 days. She is on a diet of boiled chicken, rice, scrambled egg, and Royal Canin Gastrointestinal….low fat high protein diet. I just found out she has poor kidney function and needs to be on a low protein diet for that…so I need to somehow combine these 2 issues. Does anyone have a suggestion. The vet said the pancreatitis was the more important issue.

    Thanks,

    #157427
    Laura S
    Participant

    Not sure when the company changed formula on the low glycemic turkey but it clearly has a LOT more organ meat in the form of often large chunks with gristle attached in addition to big chunks of gristle. I checked their website and the bag, they don’t refer to being “restaurant grade” anymore. I was feeding my little IBD dog this food due to frequent pancreatitis which she had another bad attack of that led me to investigate the food again. I am suspicious that she had a hard time digesting the large chunks and the gristle as Google tells me that stuff is high in cholera and saturated fat. I’m picking it out for now, until we can switch to a different brand and formula.

    #157391

    In reply to: Pancreatitis Diet

    Madeline G
    Participant

    Hi Guys,

    My dog is recovering from his first episode of acute pancreatitis. He was in the ER about a week, on IV fluids, NG feeding tube, pain meds, antibiotics. Now he is still on a few antibiotics. My vet recommended the RC low-fat gastrointestinal health canned food, and my dog refuses to eat it. I can tell he is hungry and has an appetite though because he scavenges for food. 2 days went by and he refused to eat it so my vet recommended boiling chicken and rice. The first time I made it he ate the small portion I gave him and seemed to enjoy it. Now, he refuses to eat that too! All he wants is just plane chicken. What do I do and how am I supposed to feed this picky dog?!

    #157160
    Debra K
    Participant

    My 13yr old Toy Poodle got sick, over this past Memorial Day weekend. She had horrible diarrhea and vomiting. I took her to the vet, who did all sorts of blood, urine tests and a sonogram. I’ve spent $1000 and now he wants ($650 worth) MORE tests!! I had been giving her psyllium husks and TUMS (he told me to, because of low calcium). He also wanted to sell me a $40 bag of dog food (I KNOW she won’t eat). I agreed to another $400 of tests this Thurs. Supposedly she has Pancreatitis and also PLE. I got a hunch, so I started searching for a natural alternative to all of the prescription drugs and expensive visits, he recommended. I looked up Apple Cider Vinegar for Pancreatitis. Lo and behold, someone said they used it and within 30mins their pain and symptoms stopped. I had some ACV pills from Big Lots ($3), so I cut one in half and coated it with Hemp Oil. I gave it to her last nite and just like the guy said, within 20mins she was sprawled out on the couch, snoring away. She didn’t have to get up in the middle of the nite with diarrhea and this a.m. her poop was still soft, but formed–almost normal!! I also have been soaking her (for 15mins, 2x a day) in a large Tupperware, with Magnesium Oil flakes dissolved in really warm water and a few drops of Lavender, to replace the Magnesium she lost and put her back in balance. I am planning on cancelling the test on Thurs. I’m a little perturbed that I spent so much money, but at least I know she doesn’t have Cushing’s, Addison’s, Diabetes or anything like that. I am planning on cancelling the appt on Thurs. Hope this can help others, who are at wit’s end and their poor suffering doggies.

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by Debra K. Reason: Added the $$ amount of test my vet wants to do
    #156956

    In reply to: Pancreatitis Diet

    Frenky C
    Participant

    My friend’s dog also started showing pancreatitis symptoms at some point, doc couldn’t tell the cause but as far as I remember he suggested diet consisting of chicken, organ meat and vegetables. Hope this helps.

    #156946

    In reply to: Pancreatitis Diet

    marilyn s
    Member

    I have a 12.5 year old mini poodle who just had a severe case of pancreatitis. She is now on a low fat diet, 1 scrambled egg, Royal Canin GI kibble, and boiled white chicken. Before this, I was giving her a Crananidin pill and Hills CD dry food and chicken. Does anyone know if i can still give her the Crananidin pill? I called the company and they weren’t helpful. Thanks.

    Susan L
    Participant

    My 14 year old Norwich terrier was on Hills brain food bc I saw he was getting some cognitive issues. Then 5 months later he stopped eating, bloated and diagnosed first w cancer then hospitalized for pancreatitis and all blood and ultrasound tests showed this. Sadly his organs started to shut down and he developed vasculitis and SIRs. He had to put him down which shocked me and broke my heart to this day.

    I wonder if the Hills diet was too high fat for him and I should have given him something else? My vet didn’t really say. I also gave him Dosequin advanced hip and joint and fish oil. Yes, he also had too many treats.

    Thanks everyone!!

    aimee
    Member

    Hi Antonio,

    I’m sorry that your dog isn’t well. If your dog needs both controlled protein and fat then a homemade diet from a veterinary nutritionist may be the best option.

    Did your dog have an ultrasound to diagnose pancreatitis? The reason I ask is because decreased kidney function can make the pancrease tests increased in the blood due to the decreased filtration. In that case the dog doesn’t actually have pancreatitis. However, , if your dog was dehydrated the pancreas could have been inflamed secondary to dehydration and may be more fat tolerant then a dog sensitive to dietary fat.

    Alternatively, if your dog had pancreatitis dehydration from that will increase the kidney values, but once rehydrated those should have come back down if kidneys were OK. Or your dog could have underlying kidney disease and then got pancreatitis .

    It can be tough to get it all figured out as one influences the other. Have you discussed your concern regarding the fat content with your vet?? G/D, may be a compromise in managing the two situations. Your vet is the best to guide you .

    #155527
    Peggy B
    Participant

    I am looking for recommendations for a small, soft, low cal treat for a tiny dog with Pancreatitis and Cushings Disease. She is on a prescription diet dog food, but I need treats to continue her training. Thank you for any suggestions.

    #155076
    Chipy
    Member

    Hi Jen,

    I’m sorry to hear that you are going through this with your dog. I know how upsetting this must be for you.

    In the case of pancreatitis, Dr. Dobias recommends giving FeelGood Omega as it beneficial to cell repair and helps to heal the pancreas. This has really helped our dog.

    https://peterdobias.com/products/feelgood-omega

    I’ve also included a few articles here that I trust will be useful to learn more about the topic of Pancreatitis.

    Pancreatitis in Dogs Treatment & Prevention Natural Approach:
    https://peterdobias.com/blogs/blog/11016097-pancreatitis-in-dogs-treatment-and-prevention-natural-approach

    What Causes Pancreatitis in Dogs and What you can do:
    https://peterdobias.com/blogs/blog/11014065-what-causes-pancreatitis-in-dogs-and-what-you-can-do

    The Mad Science of Processed Food Making:
    https://peterdobias.com/blogs/blog/11015013-the-mad-science-of-processed-food-making

    A high-quality protein diet is much better for dogs suffering from pancreatitis than starch, rice or a grain-based diet. He does not recommend feeding a low protein diet, but he does recommend lower fat meats for dogs with pancreatitis. Chicken, turkey, kangaroo, llama, rabbit and eggs are good examples of low-fat foods. He doesn’t recommend fatty meats, such as duck or lamb, or large red meat animals (beef, buffalo or bison) as they are higher in inflammatory factors.

    https://peterdobias.com/pages/course-rawdiet

    I hope this helps your pup. Wishing you both the best in good health!
    Judi & Chipy

    #154468

    In reply to: Grain Free

    Marisa J
    Participant

    Hi, I work in a pet store and lots of my customers have had concerns with DCM. Therefore I have done plenty of research on it to help out these customers and for my pets sake as well. It is a topic that I am very knowledgeable. I recommend reading the whole FDA article or at least skimming through it. There are two documents, one is all the cases and one is the FDA’s study. The results are inconclusive at the moment and many brands are working together with the FDA to further investigate.
    From reading it I can tell that there are many factors that the FDA left out like affordability (who can afford the vet bills for these tests? What food are they feeding if they can afford? Are they feeding a more expensive kibble or a cheap one at Walmart?), genetics (what breeds are more likely to have which diseases? How many of this species is in the USA (out of 77 million dogs), metabolism (how can a dog digest a kibble diet compared to dehydrated, canned, freeze dried, or raw? How bioavailable is taurine in kibble?), what diets were these dogs on (a majority were on kibble only, some had a mixture, I think 1 or 2 were on raw, and couple had dehydrated foods).
    In the end, out of the 500 some cases of dogs with DCM a huge section were fed kibble only diets. So, if anything I would link it more so as a kibble problem than a grain free vs with grains. With the research I have done looking at scholar articles, brand studies (of course always reading between the lines because brands what to do a study to help their brands cause), blogs, and websites, I have noticed that grains cause more inflammation in dogs than peas as they are not as easy for dogs to digest. They force the organs to work a little bit harder. If you notice too, no raw diets (at least that I have come across) have grains in them, only fruits and vegetable, and meat.

    There are many other diseases like cancer, liver problems, kidney disease, and pancreatitis that are a lot more common than DCM. DCM affects a small amount of dogs (less than 600 out of 77 million dogs in the US). But if you do decide to feed grains. Please watch out for smelly ears, itching, and hot spots. As grains, along with chicken, are a very common allergy in dogs (since they are put into a lot of foods due to their low cost).

    #154273
    Marisa J
    Participant

    If you are looking to switch over to a food without chicken and has grains I highly recommend Farmina or Inception. These foods are amazingly high in protein from animal meat and low in carb for a grain diet. I would highly advise you stay away from grains as the research I’ve done has shown that it is harder for their organs to digest, however, I understand with the fear of DCM. But the results are inconclusive, as I have read both 70 page articles on it. Its more so a kibble problem it looks like than a grain free vs with grains. Also, there are far more common diseases like pancreatitis, cancer, kidney disease, and liver disease.

    If you want to switch over to grain diet watch for any symptoms of smelly ears, itching, or hot spots as your dog may have a grain allergy as well.

    Fromm cannot tell you the amount of protein in their food from animal meat. Their bags are also high in carb as they use high glycemic index foods like potatoes. If you really want to add grains into the diet please look into Inception and Farmina Ancestral Grains.

    #154243
    Patricia A
    Member

    Giving tums or pepcid to your dog on a regular basis is not a good idea .
    Repeated use. Regular exposure can lead to kidney disease, urinary stones, pancreatitis, and other conditions in dogs. Alternative treatment is necessary for chronic stomach issues, and there are safer alternatives if your dog needs calcium supplements.
    Maybe a change in diet done very slowly could be a better solution?

    #153784
    Diane H
    Participant

    Thank you very much for your reply, Jeanne E. I’m so sorry about the loss of your sweet girl. All of our furbabies are precious to us, and the longer we have them with us, the harder it is to lose them. My guy is 11 years old and has had a sensitive stomach since the age of 8 (his age when I adopted him). I learned from experience to avoid feeding him eggs, and I rarely depended on canned food to add to his kibble, but the pancreatitis showed up twice within the past few months. I had changed his dry food to one that I thought would work (and that he would eat) but when I asked my vet, the fat content pf the dry food he was eating was 12%, 2% higher than the max for a dog with pancreatitis should have. Our vet suggested the prescription food he is on now, and thankfully he seems to love it. I’ve been looking for a dental chew that’s safe for him, and will need to ask the vet because I always check the ingredients and fat content and sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s actually in it. Treats now are apple slices and sometimes blueberries and we’ll be going all natural as much as we can. I really like the KONG idea!

    #153782
    jeanne e
    Member

    My dog had pancreatits for about 1+ years. I had to cook ( boil) white chicken breasts, only egg whites, etc. Homemade diet. Nothing fried. Eventually towards her end she so badly wanted her normal dry dog food . She started losing weight and with the winter here in NYS I chose to put her down ( 2015 ) as I felt with the snow, bad weather she would have a more difficult time with strength to get around. I had 3 dogs & a doggie door so all 3 of my dogs were used to going out as needed. Anyway, I was afraid she might go out on her own & collaspe & die. She was 15 years old, rescue, mixed breed and I know the end would happen with her weight loss. I did not want her to suffer.
    A Pancreatitis attack is very painful. Pancreatitis with prescription medicine is controlable.
    As for the chews or any type of treat ask your Vet, but I would have NOT given any to my dog as any type of food or treat that is harder for the dog to digest puts more stress on the digestive system. Hope this info helps.

    #153748
    Diane H
    Participant

    Can anyone recommend a dental chew that is safe for a senior dog with pancreatitis? He is on prescription food but I’ve learned recently that the brand name chews that he loves are not appropriate for pancreatitis. Thank you.

    #153593
    Nicole H
    Participant

    Thanks Patricia, I appreciate you replying. I can’t think of anything that changed in his raw food diet? I was switching up the different proteins every week or two. Maybe something different triggerd him? I am being very conscious now about fat content in his food since the vet said “pancreatitis”
    I wondered if maybe the kibble could be aggravating the situation since he is not used to it.
    I got some chicken breasts and have boiled them and been adding that to the kibble. Sounds like maybe I should just do plain boiled chicken breast only for a bit?
    at this point I am open to any suggestions and options.

    #153581
    anonymous
    Member

    “pancreatitis”

    It doesn’t end just because you change the diet. This may be a lifelong condition.

    PS: Pancreatitis, it can be acute or chronic…time will tell.
    Consult a specialist if symptoms continue despite diet changes and treatment by your General Practice Vet, within a reasonable amount of time…

    #153576
    Nicole H
    Participant

    My dog started having repeated episodes of bloody diahrea and vomiting clear foamy mucus. Vet did xrays , blood tests and stool tests. Xray was clear and stool tests came back negative. Blood tests showed pancreatitis. He has been on a raw food diet most of his life so the vet figured it was the raw food contributing to these issues and said we should switch him to Royal Canin Gastro low fat kibble. So we stopped the raw and went to the kibble right away. He is still having issues. He will be great for a couple days and then have a bout of bloody diahrrea for a day and then be good again and then a couple days later another flare up. Wondering if this kibble could be the issue? I am at my wits end and no help from the vet but more tests .

    #153260

    In reply to: Ratings understanding

    Patricia A
    Member

    Hope someone can correct me if I’m wrong. I believe the lower ratings for a particular protein/flavor are so because of a higher fat to protein ratio. I stick to the 5* in Stella’s freeze dried . Higher fat would be a problem if your dog is prone to pancreatitis.

    AntiCorn D
    Participant

    We have a 4 yo Westie that is plagued by digestive problem: vomiting bile, constant licking, diarrhea, stomach noises. She also has severe allergies here in Florida, possibly lawn care related. She is on a hydrolyzed protein diet which is somewhat helpful and we’ve tried omeprazole with some help. I tried giving her a teaspoon of plain greek yogurt when her stomach growls and gurgles, and often it cures the sounds immediately. H pylori infection hasn’t been ruled out. She did end up with mild pancreatitis one time when she was vomiting a lot, also had some diarrhea; probably just dehydration, but lab work did show elevated pancreatic enzymes. I found this thread while searching for a raw food diet that may help the puppers. I was thinking about starting her on such a diet to see if it would help.

    #152380

    In reply to: Grain Free

    aimee
    Member

    Hi Howard,

    Food ratings on this site are based solely on label information. There is an inherent flaw in rating foods this way and this is addressed in various articles on the site. I agree that at this time, there is very real and very concerning information regarding diets of certain types. Until more is known, I’d agree with your veterinarian that it is best to avoid feeding suspect diets/ingredients and instead feed diets with well tested and understood ingredients.

    Because diabetes in dogs is not diet related, except perhaps in relation to fat contributing to pancreatitis, and cancer has not been linked to any particular diet type it is immaterial that more dogs have been diagnosed with those conditions than diet related DCM.

    Currently a lot is unknown and it may be years before diet related DCM is understood. In some ways the current DCM situation parallels the vaping situation. With vaping there is a correlation to presence of Vit E acetate in the vaping product, in diet related DCM there is a correlation to certain ingredients and grain free diets. In both situations other factors may also be in play and the definitive cause isn’t yet known.
    As of Jan 21, 2020, according to the CDC, 60 deaths have occurred. Total number of death from DCM is unknown as mandatory reporting isn’t in place but certainly exceeds 60.
    Some people may say only 60 people have died, vaping has been popular for decades and there is no reason not to vape. Others will find the risk of death from a product without any benefit unacceptable. The diets associated with DCM have no clear benefit and appear to carry a risk of death. Stores are taking the initiative to ban products. Veterinarians , to use your word “outlawed” grain free.

    People will still vape and people still feed grain free because they evaluate risks differently.
    I stick with companies that have demonstrated a vested interest in the nutritional health of all dogs through their continued feeding and monitoring of dogs in their diet research centers and contributions to nutritional research . Consulting with a veterinary nutritionist for a diet formulation or passing a feeding trial is not enough in my opinion.

    #151597
    Linda P
    Participant

    Mike L and CZ Riley, Thank you both for sharing your experience with Galliprant! Our
    16 y/o Border Collie has osteoarthritis. We started out with Rimadyl She then became very sick with vomiting; her food, yellow stomach acid and foam. She also had diarrhea mixed with blood and mucus. Vet stopped Rimadyl and did testing. Our girl was then diagnosed with Pancreatitis and prescribed Hills Digestive Care Low Fat i/d Dog Food along with meds to treat her pancreatitis. Once stable she started on Rimadyl again. Months later she had a flare of Pancreatitis. More meds to treat that and changed arthritis med to Galliprant. I noticed her doing odd things such as staring at the wall, she would walk into corners as though she forgot where the doorways are. She appeared to be confused most of the time. She also started dodging head pats or any kind of movement too close to her as though something or someone was about to to hit her. She batts her eyes and tries to avoid whatever she thinks is happening. After discussing with our Vet she suggested the Canine Adequan injections. We were in the multiple beginning doses and not yet to the maintenance only doses when our furbaby became very sick again. Her liver enzymes were off the charts and her RBC was elevated. I was terrified she was going to die. Vet said to stop all meds but to give her the liver supplement Denamarin (life long) and two different antibiotics. She wanted to recheck her in two weeks.
    She was also diagnosed the same day with Gallstones after a ultrasound. Went back in two weeks and her RBC was normal one liver enzyme was normal but the other liver enzyme was still off the charts. They also tested her bile to help determine liver function without doing a biopsy of her liver. Bile and liver function was within normal the Vet said. We were allowed to start back on the Galliprant. The next day she slowly started acting odd and confused again. I then realized while she was off the Galliprant her mental health and confusion was much better. Unfortunately and according to our Vet, unless we want to try the laser therapy on her spine and hips, the Galliprant is all that’s being offered for our girl now. It’s a miracle she survived this entire ordeal. The Vet acted as though nobody has ever suggested Galliprant can cause confusion, dementia like symptoms and dismissed my concern. Thanks for sharing. Now I’m certain it must be the Galliprant that causes our furbaby to have this confusion. Just not sure what else we an do about it at this point.

    #151465
    Shelby L
    Participant

    So my dog began having these issues after his lipase levels spiked (causing severe vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite) when he was about 1.5 years old. The vet said he was close to having pancreatitis and he was immediately put on low fat food. Then a few months later, the acid reflux arrived. Major gulping episodes where he just swallows frantically and runs to me for comfort would begin, and all he would want to do was be let outside to eat grass. The vet told me to let him eat the grass but not too much or it could cause a blockage. After a year of battling this, he’s a dry food that has 6% fat (currently Solid Gold Holistic food for seniors, but I am switching him to Diamond Care Weight Management), soaked in warm water, with 2 probiotics and some Hills Prescription I/D wet food mixed in. I usually only feed twice a day but I’m thinking I’ll start doing 3 as he is still having episodes once a week or so. I also always have Pepcid and omerprazole on hand (Pepcid 10mg with dinner if I think an episode might happen at night, omerprazole if an episode happens in the morning because it’s 24 hour and stronger. Goodluck everyone, it’s such a tricky condition and from my experience, vets always think it’s something else. I’ve had to do all the research and trial and error on my own.

    #151007
    aimee
    Member

    Hi Katherine W,

    I don’t think there is a straightforward answer, which is why you can find various advice on the matter. Omega 3’s have been shown to be beneficial in pancreatitis in other species. Not sure that there is research done in dogs. I think having Omega 3 as part of a low fat diet can potentially be beneficial.

    Is supplementation is safe for your dog? I think that depends on the total fat content of the diet, how much fat is added as an Omega 3 source (this will vary depending on the concentration of the supplement). and how fat tolerant/intolerant the patient is

    Adding together all sources of fat how many grams of fat/day is your dog consuming? What percentage of calories is coming from fat? What is the current EPA/DHA intake?

    It sounds like your vet wants to trim down the fat content in your dog’s overall diet. It may be that moving to a lower fat food an appropriate supplement could be used, and still be lowering the fat content overall.

    These are all things that could be discussed with your vet. (A bit of nutritional number crunching will be needed here) It could be that your vet has taken all this into consideration and for your dog thinks the risk outweighs the benefit.

    #150967
    anonymous
    Member

    No veterinarians are affiliated with this site. Ask over here https://www.reddit.com/r/AskVet/

    Salmon oil is high in fat. Fat triggers pancreatitis. I would trust the vet that told you to stop it.

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