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Feeding your pup a well-balanced, low-fat diet can help them stay lean and have more energy for playtime (which calls for more hours at the dog park!). Keeping your pet on a healthy diet can actually protect them from getting pancreatitis, too. Fetch’s on-staff veterinarian Dr. Aliya McCullough shares how to prevent, spot and treat pancreatitis in dogs.
The pancreas, which is an organ close to the stomach and liver on the right side of a dog’s body, is responsible for releasing digestive enzymes to break down proteins and produce hormones that regulate blood sugar. Pancreatitis is when a dog’s pancreas becomes inflamed and severe or chronic pancreatitis can destroy the cells that perform the pancreas’s basic functions. The condition isn’t contagious, and cases range between mild to severe (and sometimes chronic). The cause of pancreatitis in dogs is sometimes unknown, but it could stem from any of these reasons:
Always consult your veterinarian if your dog starts showing signs of sickness. Symptoms that can signal pancreatitis in dogs include:
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Your veterinarian may be able to diagnose your dog with pancreatitis through a physical examination, blood work, X-rays or an ultrasound. Talk to your veterinarian about the best treatment option for your pup. There isn’t a specific treatment for pancreatitis in dogs (there aren’t any home remedies for pancreatitis, either), but a professional will most likely suggest some general supportive care options, like:
Mild cases of pancreatitis will typically heal within 2 to 5 days, while severe cases may take a week or longer. Be sure to check in with your vet if the symptoms of pancreatitis continue.
The cost of pancreatitis treatment depends on the severity of the condition and the size of your dog. Generally, treating pancreatitis will cost between $200 to over $1,000 (especially if your pup needs to stay at the hospital).
Serving your dog healthy food may help to prevent pancreatitis. Talk to your veterinarian about the right diet plan for your pup. Avoiding feeding your pup foods that are high in fat is a good idea, too.
If your dog has pancreatitis, your vet may recommend a low-fat or prescription diet. It’s important that the food is highly digestible, too.
Making sure your pup eats a well-balanced diet may lower their risk of developing pancreatitis — and, who knows — your best friend may actually enjoy the healthy alternatives. With these tips, you can get your pup the best care if they ever come down with pancreatitis.
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