Health & Nutrition | Dogs | October 2, 2015

Pancreatitis in Dogs

What is Pancreatitis, you ask?

Great question. Pancreatitis is quite simply an inflammation of the pancreas. Your dog’s pancreas serves two main functions: it produces enzymes to help digest food and it produces insulin to help regulate blood sugar levels. When the pancreas is inflamed, these two main jobs are inhibited and in the case of Pancreatitis, enzymes actually start to attack the pancreas and can cause significant harm.

This disease is very serious and can be life threatening, and at the very least, could cause lifelong complications such as subsequent diabetes (in fact, pancreatitis often runs concurrent with diabetes, or vice versa).

If your dog has been diagnosed with Pancreatitis, a reduced-fat diet is recommended – we suggest NOW FRESH Senior Recipe.

NOW FRESH Senior Recipe has reduced fat levels and also uses Coconut Oil as a fat source. Coconut oil is very palatable and the Medium Chain Trigylcerides found in it do not require the use of the pancreas to be broken down.

Diabetic dogs are often incorrectly encouraged to switch to a food that is low in carbohydrates; however, low carb foods are also often higher in protein and fat. Because estimates for dogs with diabetes and pancreatitis occurring concurrently run as high as 40%, an increased fat diet may be contraindicated.

We want to assure you that pancreatitis is easily preventable by ensuring your dog is fed a high quality, nutritious diet and that fatty “treats” (i.e. left-over turkey dinner with gravy) are avoided. Try to side-step the temptation to slide the leftovers off your plate and treat your dog to some nice GO!, NOW FRESH or Summit food instead; we know they’ll love it!