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Pancreatitis In Dogs - A Holistic Approach To Solving Pancreatitis In Dogs
Treatment & Prevention
Pancreatitis in dogs is a very common ailment, and as with most chronic diseases in our canine friends, heavily processed commercial pet foods are to blame. Occasionally, it can also be the result of corticosteroids, such as prednisone, or flea control products (organophosphates).
This disease manifests as either acute or chronic:
Acute pancreatitis symptoms include lack of appetite, vomiting lethargy, and possible diarrhea. This is the most serious form of pancreatitis, and immediate veterinary care is vital. The abdomen may appear hard and sensitive to the touch.
Chronic pancreatitis may not show any symptoms at all. It may show up only as an elevation of pancreatic enzymes. It may also manifes along with such conditions as IBD and diabetes.
Pancreatitis can show up in dogs of any age, breed or sex, however most dogs with this illness are middle aged or older, overweight and inactive. They are likely fed a diet that is high in carbohydrates. Inflammation of the pancreas rarely materializes in dogs that are fed a natural, balanced meat-based diet.
Diagnosis is done through a blood test, which consists of CBC, Chemistry panel and enzyme tests. An ultrasound exam may also be necessary in order to rule out other reasons for abdominal discomfort, vomiting and diarrhea.
In acute cases treatment may include IV fluids, especially if there are signs of dehydration, or if there is inflammation of the abdoninal cavity (peritonitis). Chiropractic treatment may also be helpful, particularly if there is an imbalance in the thoracic lumbar junction of the sprin. Fasting is an essential component in treatment, for a perios of 24 hours. This gives the pancreas an opportunity to rest. Fasting should not be prolonged beyone 24 hours. There are also some homeopathic remedies, and for this, a homeopathic professional should be sought.
Pancreatitis is not generally a disease that requires antibiotics, unless there is a bacterial infection accompanying the disease. Antibiotics can be detrimental to the outcome, as it loads the body with a further toxic load, further delaying the natural healing process. Except in very extreme cases of vomiting, drugs that prevent vomiting should be avoided, as well as steroids, which suppress inflammation. Probiotics are not recommended.
Preventing further episodes of pancreatitis should include a change in diet, in other words, feeding the body what if needs, and eliminating what it doesn't, including grains and high glycemic foods of all kinds. A balanced, species appropriate diet of raw or cooked meats is the best option for prevention. Dry kibble should be avoided at all cost. For the short term, following a severe bout of pancreatitis, dietary meat should be kept on the lean side. Fat content should not exceed 10%.
Quality of life is also an important aspect of prevention, good, long walks, and lots of affection!
Pancreatitis In Dogs - A Holistic Approach To Solving Pancreatitis