Pancreatitis is quite simply inflammation of the pancreas. This condition is most commonly seen in middle aged to older dogs that have been fed a kibble pet food that is hard on the pancreas for a number of different reasons. These dogs typically become over-weight from this processed food diet and the added treats and lack of proper exercise that are to common in our domesticated animals.
Onset of pancreatitis can progress over time (chronic) or occur quickly (acute) which can be quite serious. Any symptoms displayed after meals, such as abdominal discomfort or restlessness, that may be displayed by the dog standing in a “prayer position” by stretching the body out to decrease pressure on the abdomen or similar action, should be paid close attention to and not ignored. These initial warning signs can progress to fever, loss of appetite, severe vomiting and diarrhea that may be yellow and "greasy" which can indicate a serious phase of the condition and should be treated quickly by your veterinarian.
Symptoms of pancreatitis often display after the ingestion of a high-fat meal. However, it is not the high-fat meal that caused the pancreatitis, but the extra digestive load placed on a sick organ. So when we discuss what caused your animal's pancreatitis, what we should really be looking at is what caused the damage to the pancreas in the first place.
The pancreas is an easily damaged, delicate organ that is slow to heal. It can be injured by a poor diet, excessive weight, and the over-use of drugs like corticisteroids, antibiotics and diuretics. In addition, underlying conditions that invlove the liver, gallbladder, kidneys or cardiovascular system can place stress on this organ that lead to its decline over time. This is why you will see the support of the aforementioned organs as part of our holistic protocol.
Your veterinarian will most likely conduct a physical exam and then do blood tests to check pancreatic enzyme levels. They may also choose to perform x-rays or ultrasound tests to see if there is any noticeable inflammation of the pancreas. Initial treatment focuses on managing/relieving pain, controlling nausea and establishing proper fluid and electrolyte balances. This course of action will require an assortment of pharmaceutical drugs with a variety of side-effects to worry about. In the case of a life-threatening, acute occurrence medications may be necessary in the short-term. Sometimes, pancreatitis may be misdiagnosed as just stomach upset and a medication to manage this may be recommended. Once pancreatic inflammation has calmed down, a low-fat, low-protein prescription diet is usually recommended by the veterinarian.
We are not permitted to diagnose or treat specific diseases. All of our protocols are designed to provide specific and highly researched whole food nutrition and supplementation. This will help to provide the nutrients your dog or cat needs to strengthen and rebalance weak organ systems that may be contributing to your animal's condition in a safe and natural manner.
Initially, meals should consist of smaller portions and spread out to three or four times per day to ease the burden on the stressed pancreas. Excessive fat and other foods that are noticed to contribute to digestive upset should be eliminated. The diet should be whole food and easily digestible which would point to home-preparing to make sure that the pet parent has control over added ingredients.
After the diet, we want to again reduce stress on the pancreas by providing digestive enzymes and supporting the proper secretion of bile from the liver and gallbladder to efficiently begin the breakdown of fats. Organic, whole-food supplementation will also provide nutrients to support the healing of the pancreas itself.
Core Recommendations Suggested products are included in the Core Pancreatitis Package found below.
Our "Core Recommendations" form the backbone of our Natural Pancreatitis Protocol. They consist of supplement recommendations that we feel are the most important to provide to your animal companion for this condition. They are displayed as a package and individually at the bottom of this page along with other helpful products from which you may make additional selections. Pet foods can be purchased at your finer, local pet stores. As always, we are here to help and you may contact us by phone or email if you need more individualized attention.
Core Recommendation #1 - Daily Multi Plus
Our Daily Multi Plus is formulated with organic, whole foods that are extremely important to an animal's nutritional needs but are often missing from the majority of canine and feline diets. This special formula provides the enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics, glandulars, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that are so beneficial to the body's daily maintenance and repair needs for healthy aging. In this formula you will find the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and especially enzymes and probiotics recommended by the veterinarian community for this condition - only in an organic, whole food form!
Core Recommendation #2 - Liver Tonic
Our Liver Tonic will help to gently detoxify and improve the function of the liver and gallbladder. This will help to reduce stress on the pancreas by improving bile production and secretion. Bile begins the process of breaking down fats (emulsify) and is produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. If these organs are not functioning properly, perhaps being damaged by drug therapies, the pancreas will suffer as a result.
Core Recommendation #3 - Pancreas Glandular