Effective Measures to Avoid Pancreatitis in Dogs

How to recognize and treat pancreatitis in dogs

Pancreatitis in dogs can have several causes including certain infections, trauma and too much “people” food. It is one of the least understood of the canine diseases, which means it remain undiagnosed until it reaches an acute form. The good news is many canine pancreatitis episodes can be prevented by simple lifestyle factors.

Pancreatitis in dogs can be life threatening, this is why dog owners who suspect that their dogs are suffering from it should bring their pet to the vet, immediately! Pancreatitis is due to an inflammation of the pancreas. Dogs who are on corticosteroid regimen are more prone to getting pancreatitis. In fact, pancreatitis in dogs is often associated with the following diseases: Cushing’s syndrome, diabetes in dogs, hypothyroidism that affects the dog’s growth, and idiopathic hyperlipemia which is common among the Miniature Schnauzers breed.

Diet, plays an important part in a dog’s life. And the risk of pancreatitis in dogs also increases when the dog has an unusually high-fat diet., This is usually the result of dogs eating table scraps. Most breeds of dogs cannot properly metabolize food that is high in fat.

If you have a dog who is used to having table scraps, it won’t be easy to break him of this habit! The only way around this is to shut him out of the room completely at mealtimes and be prepared for a few tantrums along the way!

One of the most common symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs is vomiting followed by severe abdominal pain. Dogs are sensitive to pain, and their demeanor changes rapidly when they don’t feel well. The digestive pain is brought about when digestive enzymes are released into the pancreas. Dogs in turn manifest this in the form of diarrhea, general weakness, severe dehydration or even shock!

Be aggressive in seeking treatment for your dog. Pancreatitis in dogs can be fatal. Or it can leave your dog with a permanently compromised immune system. In many acute cases, hospitalization is required. Dogs are treated with intravenous solutions and antibiotics are also given. Remember that a radical change in a dog’s diet can bring about pancreatitis, too. If your dog is used to a well balanced serving of high fiber dog food, then do not change his diet by feeding him table scraps, especially high fat meats.

Caring for pets is a big responsibility. Knowing what to do when they get sick is the best gift you can give your pet. Ask your veterinarian what else needs to be done if your dog is sick or in pain. Sometimes, an extra hug and TLC make a big difference!