If your dog has ever suffered from a pancreatic attack you can understand the stress and worry that this condition can cause. A dog experiencing a pancreatic attack will likely exhibit the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, lethargy and pain.
What is Pancreatitis?
Pancreatic disease is a degenerative condition, and initial symptoms are not always recognised until the dog experiences an acute attack. A pancreatic attack happens when the pancreas releases excessive amounts of digestive enzymes. The release of enzymes is so high that the enzymes actually begin to digest the pancreas itself, causing excessive pain and inflammation resulting in vomiting and diarrhoea.
Pancreatitis is a very serious health concern as the pancreas has two very important functions in the digestive system.
- It secretes insulin which is important to regulating and balancing your pet’s blood sugar levels.
- It produces and secretes digestive enzymes – amylase, lipase, and protease.
Feeding a diet that is void of all digestive enzymes and high in carbohydrates and preservatives is the largest contributing factor to this disease.
Most commercial pet food is void of live enzymes as the heat used during cooking and the preservatives added to the food render the food void of all natural enzymes. This requires your pet’s pancreas to make an unnatural abundance of the digestive enzymes necessary to digest food. The cumulative effect of a poor diet, plus factors such as genetics and environment are all contributing factors to what causes the pancreatic attack.
Pancreatic attacks may also occur when a dog has recently transitioned to a raw diet. This is a degenerative condition, however the transitional effects of a diet change can contribute to a pancreatic attack. The change in enzymes necessary for meat protein vs high carbohydrates can create an imbalance and lead to a pancreatic attack. For this reason we HIGHLY recommend dogs transition to the raw diet with a Probiotic ?
The solution and insurance to preventing a pancreatic attack is to offer a diet rich in naturally occurring digestive enzymes, including highly digestible animal proteins and low in carbohydrates.
Dietary & Lifestyle Changes
Dogs with pancreatitis also benefit from a modified raw food diet that will help manage this condition better.
Recommendations include the following:
- Choose raw meals with less fat Chicken, Turkey, Duck, ?
- Avoid higher fat proteins and red meats Beef, Lamb, Lamb & Turkey?
- Include a probiotic with all raw meals
- Feed your pet regularly, a minimum of 2x per day
- Exercise your dog regularly