How Can I Comfort My Dog With Pancreatitis at Home?

Pancreatitis and kidney disease are two diseases of dogs that often occur together. Neither one of these dog diseases is particularly pleasant for your four-legged friend. Both diseases affect a dog’s digestive organs and need to be treated by a veterinarian.

How to comfort a dog with pancreatitis

If your dog has recently been diagnosed with pancreatitis, learning how to comfort a dog with pancreatitis will ensure that your dog stays happy and pain-free despite its condition.

  • Change his treats from processed biscuits to boiled chicken or veggie pieces like carrots or broccoli.
  • Changing on to a low-fat diet will reduce the inflammation caused by the condition and therefore reduce a lot of the pain and discomfort your dog may be experiencing.
  • Changing from 2 main meals per day to 3 or 4 smaller meals. This will prevent your dog’s pancreas from being overstimulated.
  • Limiting the number of table scraps in your dog’s diet greatly reduces their fat intake and therefore comforts their pancreas exponentially.
  • Changing the food that you give your dog may also help comfort their ailment and could also improve the general health of your dog.
  • Giving your dog small amounts of fish oil could help improve their pancreatic health and ease their overall discomfort. When done in small doses over time this will continue to prevent flare-ups and may improve their gut’s general health.
  • Reducing your dog’s exercise may also help to reduce the time he spends recovering from his illness.
  • A veterinarian will prescribe pain relief and anti-sickness medication to a dog diagnosed with pancreatitis.

How can I help my dog with severe pancreatitis?

In many cases there is not an effective treatment, so your veterinarian may give you options to help comfort your pet.

A veterinarian may be able to give your dog medications through injection or may decide to keep your dog on IV fluids if they have been vomiting frequently.

There are specific medications your veterinarian may suggest for your dog’s individual symptoms.

Your veterinarian may suggest that you withhold food or water from your dog for a short time to help their bodies regulate their own pancreas.

The treatment for pancreatitis in dogs can vary based on the severity of your dog’s condition. Most cases of pancreatitis in your dog are caused by underlying conditions.

If your veterinarian can identify one of these underlying causes they will treat that cause and your dog’s pancreatitis will go away.

Is pancreatitis fatal in dogs?

Pancreatitis is a serious medical condition in dogs, but luckily it can often be treated successfully with medication and diet. With the right treatment, your dog should recover. However, it’s important to recognize that pancreatitis can have complications.

How long does pancreatitis pain last in dogs?

Mild cases usually resolve within 48 hours once treatment is administered. More serious cases may last a day or two longer. The length of time a dog experiences pain from pancreatitis depends upon the severity of the condition, what medication (if any) they receive, and how well their body responds to the treatment.

Can pancreatitis cause kidney problems?

Pancreatitis is a frequent cause of kidney failure in dogs. The pancreas is situated near the kidneys, and if the pancreas becomes inflamed it can release harmful enzymes into your dog’s bloodstream. A primary symptom of pancreatitis is abdominal pain and tenderness. In severe cases, your dog may be unable to eat or drink and his abdomen will become distended (swollen).

What do you feed a dog with pancreatitis and kidney disease?

The most important factor of a diet formulated for kidney disease is moisture. You can provide moisture by feeding your dog canned or pouched wet food.

The kidneys regulate fluid intake and urine production, however, when they do not function normally, this process is inhibited and can quickly lead to dehydration. A dog suffering from kidney disease needs a diet high in moisture to prevent this.

You can also feed raw food mixed with stock or broth. Stick to chicken or turkey as a lean protein source. They are foods easy to digest and will not irritate the stomach. You should also try to feed three or four smaller portions throughout the day rather than two large portions at breakfast and dinner.

What should dogs with pancreatitis not eat?

The foods most likely to cause pancreatitis in dogs are those that have a high fat content. This includes cheese, processed meat such as sausages and fresh meat like pork. Both contain a high fat content and will trigger the pancreas to secrete more digestive enzymes, which will cause inflammation.

Check the nutritional content of your dog’s food. Anything over 12% fat is considered ‘high fat content’. Try to source dog food with a fat content of 7-10% as they will be much healthy and will reduce the chances of your dog’s pancreatitis flaring up.

Stop feeding table scraps if your dog is diagnosed with pancreatitis. Most human foods are cooked in oils and seasoned with salt. Both of these products will cause pancreatitis or worsen the symptoms if the dog already has the condition.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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