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Meercat2 Sun 24-Mar-19 11:19:32

Hoping for some advice.
My Ddog was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis by the get on Friday.
I was given painkillers and told to give her a low fat diet and to feed her small frequent meals.
She usually has a dry food (for older dogs, she's 10) that we get sent monthly from Tails.com. I have spoken to them and they do a low fat version of <8% fat content.
The vet told me that I could cook her chicken and vegetables but I'm worried that she would not get all the nutrients that she needs if I cook myself.
has anyone got any advice or experience in this? And also I'm a little confused if this is a long term treatment.
She's not herself! She's quiet and drowsy (might be from the painkillers also?)

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BiteyShark Sun 24-Mar-19 11:24:40

Whilst I don't have any experience of that condition I think chronic means long term or potentially reoccurring?

Millie's wolfheart does wet food which is lower in fat in a few different flavours.

Meercat2 Sun 24-Mar-19 11:29:06

BiteyShark thank you. I'll have a look at the Mollie Wolfhart food

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pigsDOfly Sun 24-Mar-19 13:48:20

My dog had several bouts of very severe pancreatitis but hasn't had an attack for several months.

I have to strictly control the amount of food she eats so weight everything. She's on Royal Canin 'Sensititvity control' wet food, which has a fat content of 6%. She can't tolerate dry food, which definitely aggravates the condition in her case. Also if I feed her on chicken for too long she gets a very upset stomach.

I allow her no commercially made treats except a very small amount of Thrive pure chicken treats, which are made with just chicken breast meat. She can't have this every day though, and it's kept for her teat ball which I give her when I have to go out and leave her alone.

She also can't tolerate cooked vegetables but can now eat raw carrot occasionally and loves a small amount of water melon without the pips, which she has most days, after our afternoon walk.

She was on several - about 4, I think - different medicines when she was first diagnosed; sorry forgotten what they were, but is now on a low dose - she's a small dog - of 'Zitak' once a day; Zitak is a dog antacid medicine, which keeps her on an even keel.

We have in the past tried stopping the Zitak but it seems she's going to need it for the rest of her life as it definitely makes a difference and keeps her pain free.

Before we got it under control she was very lethargic and couldn't walk for long before she would be wanting to be carried. Now she can really enjoy her walks and her runs off lead in the park and hasn't wanted to be carried at all for ages.

The last time she had her bloods done there were still signs that it hasn't gone away, so it's definitely a life time illness but I have found it can be managed.

I hope you too can manage to get it under control for your dog. It's horrible to see them in pain.

pigsDOfly Sun 24-Mar-19 13:50:35

I should have said, my dog is 8 years old.

Meercat2 Sun 24-Mar-19 15:39:58

pigsDOfly thank you so much for your reply. I will definitely look at the Royal Canine food you suggested! You are right, it horrible to them suffer. We have not been prescribed any other medicine for her apart from the painkillers. If it can be relieved with a change of diet and no commercial treats then I'm happy

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pigsDOfly Mon 25-Mar-19 16:54:21

I hope you manage to find a successful way to manage things for your dog.

Although my dog was on a lot of medication soon after she was diagnosed I definitely think it's more about controlling what she eats that keeps her from having further attacks.

The Zitak really makes a difference as well. That's the only medicine she's been on for ages and as I said in my pp when we tried taking her off it the pain returned.

Might be worthwhile asking your vet about it for your dog.

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