11 Year Old Pomeranian With Pancreatitis

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    Sharen R
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    Hi everyone new here to the forums. We have an 11 year old Pomeranian(basically he’s 90 percent Pomeranian, the rest is mixed with other breeds) named Nemo..he has had Pancreatitis about 3 times in his lifetime but this time it seems to be a little different. See, about a month ago, Nemo would have issues where he would wake up in the morning not wanting to eat(Which for Nemo means something isnt right this dog is obsessed with food) so the vet(Not giving him a pancreatitis blood test) suggested he take Flagyl, so we would give him Flagyl in the morning and he ate normally, no problems, but we know how Flagyl isnt good to take for a long period of time can cause neurological problems so the Vet prescribed him a pro biotic for his stomach thinking that was the cause of his problems, that night he had runny poo and the next day puked three times so rushed him to vet and he was diagnosed with pancreatitis(From the pro biotic that he took) since then he has improved greatly he gets a tablespoon every 2 hrs of his wet food(He eats ID wet food for dogs with a sensitive stomach) for two days we gave him 2 tablespoons every two hours and yesterday morning he was fine, got up and ate, but then his second meal he didnt watn to eat, had already pooped in the morning and three hours later pooped again. Maybe we were overfeeding him, then after he went for a walk and came back he was better, we gave him a cerenia just in case and is now back to his old self but on 1 tablespoon every 2 hours..what I worry about is maybe his pancreas will never bounce back so he can go back to what he used to be able to eat(Three times a day wet food) what do you all think, any advice? We worry about the lil guy he is such a good boy when he feels good he feels GOOD but when he doesnt you can tell, except for yesterday even though he didnt want any food(For about an hour) he still looked fine
    Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you!

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    Anonymous
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    Sometimes the medications (especially antibiotics) they need to help them can also make them nauseous….so, I might mention it to the vet (have him call you back when he has a minute). He may want to make a change in the prescribed medication.
    I would continue to work with your vet, but if you are not seeing improvement after a while, consider consulting an Internal Medicine Specialist.
    It’s like our care nowadays, you go to your PCP, but if it’s serious you get a referral to a specialist.

    BTW: Has the dog had a senior workup? Lab work including r/o pancreatitis? It’s important, something else could be going on….
    I agree about adding water/soaking kibble. Adequate hydration is helpful in relieving nausea.

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    Sharen R
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    On Friday when Nemo didnt want to eat, it was weird because in the morning he ate just fine, he pooped fine, but three hours later when it was time to eat again, he didnt want to, but he kept going to the door so he went outside and pooped again..so it made me think that we are overfeeding him because Ive never heard of a dog pooping twice in a span of three hours something isnt right..today he is fine, he gets a tablespoon and a half of his wet food and knock on wood so far so good..
    Yes he has gotten his work up, he takes Thyroid meds so he goes in every three months to get everything checked out..but he hadnt gotten a pancreatitis test in a while, so Im thinking maybe for the past two months he had pancreatitis that is why sometimes he would wake up not wanting to eat, but then it went away as soon as he got a Flagyl, or a cerenia, that maybe the pancreatitis just lingered, wasnt bad just a little flare up, but once he had that probiotic everything just exploded..I just hope that eventually little by little his pancreas will bounce back and he can eat normally like he used to..He takes Cerenia, Pepsid for his GERD, and his Thyroid pill for his thyroid problem..I read that dogs with thyroid issues are more prone to pancreatitis is that true?

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    Anonymous
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    “once he had that probiotic everything just exploded”..
    Hopefully that was the problem and now that you have discontinued it he will stabilize.
    I had a hypothyroid dog (small breed), she lived to be 12, no digestive issues. She did become lethargic toward the last year of her life and developed a cancerous growth on her neck.

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    Sharen R
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    Im sorry hearing stories like that breaks my heart 🙁
    With Nemo he has had thyroid issues for years, we never even knew it til he had a blood test done, never showed any symptoms it was just a routine blood test and it showed it so he has been taking pills for years and every 3 months he goes in for a blood test to see if its normal..I just hope his pancreas can fully recover..we dont know what caused the original problem over a month ago, he would wake up in the morning not wanting to eat, he would either get a Flagyl or a Pepsid and he would eventually eat..so that is why the Vet suggested a Probiotic which did not work on him..I read all these different things online that can help dogs with their digestion, etc, unfortunately for Nemo, 99 percent of what works just fine and dandy with other dogs doesnt work for him, it makes him sick

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    Anonymous
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    I hope Nemo is feeling better. It could be anything, I recently took my 3 year old terrier to the vet because he vomited 3X in 24 hours. Lab work was normal, negative for pancreatitis. The vet said he had a GI virus, he responded to prn Cerenia (the Pepcid did nothing). He got some sq fluids too. Whatever it was, it passed.

    In my experience, dogs are more vulnerable after the age of 10. It sounds like you are giving him very good care. Try not to worry, sometimes less is better. Anything you give him has to go through the liver to get broken down and might make him more nauseous, that includes supplements.

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    Gina P
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    Hi, sorry to hear of your dog’s issue. I’ve had 4 dogs who developed pancreatitis. 3 were aged rescue dogs so I’m unsure of their histories but while I had them all were fed a premium commercial diet. The pancreatitis occurred whenever they were fed additional “fatty” foods, even in small amounts – for example bones, roast lamb and in one case a tiny piece of meat from barbecue beef rib. The smaller the dog, the less it took to cause a problem. Your vet’s probably already advised you to cut down on fats. It’s the only thing that prevented the problem. However my large Weimaraner would develop pancreatitis type symptoms every year after his vaccination (they’re done yearly in Australia). Vet said immunisation wouldn’t cause it…..the vet was wrong. When I stopped vaccinating, there were no more problems. ( The dog was quite old and had most likely developed immunity anyway). Anyhow, hope this helps and your lovely old Pom gets better soon. Cheers.

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    Sharen R
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    Thanks so much Gina for writing me. Nemo doesnt eat any fatty foods..see when we got him, we were told that he is genetically prone to being obese, with Nemo, if you put an entire can of wet food in front of him he would eat the whole thing. He’s not a dog that you can leave food in the bowl and he will get it when its time to eat, he will just eat it all right there..the Wet food that he is on is ID, its for dogs with sensitive stomachs so that is what he eats..he used to be able to eat a while back a tiny piece of steak or a small amount of bread but no more, he will have nothing but wet food from now on, no dry food, maybe the dry food irritates his stomach not sure, he would be on it for three weeks(A mix of dry and wet food) and then the problem would start again so we just leave him on wet food, as long as he feels good and is hungry throughout the day and feeling good that is what matters. We also take him for a walk everyday(Today we couldnt were too busy) but the Vet said that walking is good for the body and good for the pancreas so we have been doing that everyday, he poops normally, just want him to be healthy and happy and eat his food everyday so his pancreas can heal and he can go back to eating what he used to(Three times per day)

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