How to Prevent Pancreatitis in Dogs

How to Prevent Pancreatitis in Dogs

Our good friend, Dr. Peter Dobias has written an excellent article on the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatitis.  The pancreas is the digestive gland that produces insulin that regulates the blood sugar and digestive enzymes needed for digestion.  When dogs are fed processed food, the pancreas works overtime and can become inflamed.

Many cases of pancreatitis go undiagnosed because the dogs present no visible symptoms despite having an overactive pancreas or an elevation of pancreatic enzymes.  However, acute pancreatitis is the most serious form and the onset happens relatively suddenly.  Dogs with acute pancreatitis will usually stop eating, start vomiting and may have diarrhea.  Further, the dog may be lethargic, dehydrated and the abdomen may appear hard-core firmer and sensitive to touch especially in the front portion of the abdomen as the pancreas is closely related to the stomach and is in the same area. The best way to confirm your dogs diagnosis is by a blood test at a your local holistic veterinarian.

There are a number of causes of pancreatitis which Peter discusses on his site.  But prevention is always better than treatment - the following are the methods of prevention that Peter recommends.

  1. Natural raw or cooked non-processed food:appears to be the best for preventing pancreatitis. If you do feed processed food, you’re naturally increasing the likelihood of this disease and also the stomach bloat. In case of pancreatitis, I also recommend feeding NO beef, buffalo, lamb, duck and generally rich and more fatty meals . Beef, bison and buffalo especially have higher tendency to cause inflammation in the body. I generally recommend feeding less of these meats even in healthy dogs.
  2. Supplement your dog’s diet with essential supplements and remember that most supplements are made the same way. Over the years I have learned that synthetically made supplements are never as good as the natural alternatives made of whole food and herbs.
  3. Make sure that your dog is regularly checked by an experienced animal chiropractor, physiotherapist or practitioner that uses IMS–intramuscular needle stimulation. I also recommend regular massage for any dog because it does promote the energy flow to the vital organs.
  4. Your dog needs to be happy and get out for frequent walks. And I mean real walks, not standing in the park and throwing a ball, which in fact can be also damaging and can cause back problems.

If you would like to learn more about pancreatitis, please read Dr. Peter Dobais' full article.  If you would like to get your dog started on a raw diet, please visit one of our local retailers.

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