Raw Diet for Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease of the pancreas, caused by an “overload” on the pancreas. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, digestive enzymes that are normally inactive until they reach the small intestine become active in the pancreas instead—resulting in pain and swelling as the pancreas actually begins to digest itself.
Other causes can include:
- endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism
- various medications or toxins.
Even if your dog doesn’t normally eat a high-fat diet, the introduction of a large amount of fatty food all at once can cause acute pancreatitis (such as too many pigs ears!)
This disease is more often seen in pets eating processed or cooked pet foods (commercial pet foods). Rarely is it seen in dogs and cats that eat a raw food diet. Studies have shown conclusively that cooked foods do require a higher enzymatic output from the pancreas to effect proper digestion. Another way raw is best!
Symptoms of Pancreatitis include:
- Hunched back.
- Repeated vomiting.
- Pain or distention of the abdomen (dog appears uncomfortable or bloated)
- Loss of appetite.
How to transition a dog with Pancreatitis
Week 1: Start with boneless chicken or turkey instead of tripe. Tripe is a great probiotic though so you could mix a small amount into the mix.
Week 2: The dog has a weakened digestive system so go slow! Start feeding meat and bone minces (landywoods) 2-3 times per week and feed boneless chicken or turkey the rest of the time. If you feed too much bone it will stress the dog’s digestive system and they may relapse.
Week 3: Move onto the complete minces (80/10/10) but still feed majority boneless minces.
Onwards: Always carefully monitor your dog’s poo, if they have runny poo or any symptoms. Feed boneless meat and a small amount of tripe again.
What raw foods should I be feeding my dog with Pancreatitis?
No snacks. Especially any cooked table scraps human food and regular dog treats are very high in fat! Sticking to a strict lean/raw diet will give your pet a better chance at getting well again.
Being that one of the main causes of Pancreatitis is due to a high fat diet it would be wise to feed lean cuts or the leanest of meats. Raw made simple rabbit has the lowest fat content I have ever seen for a raw dog food (4.4%!) most are at least 10%. Turkey supreme has the next lowest at 10%. The lower the better!
Good examples of low-fat/lean meats:
Probiotics and supplements:
- Marshmallow root powder, organic bee pollen, golden paste- these all reduce inflammation and have many other benefits
- Probiotics like kefir, goats milk will increase gut health and reduce the digestive issues. Stronger probiotics like zoolac propaste are also really useful.
- Fish is quite fatty- instead supplement salmon oil to get the omegas into the diet.
Low fat treats:
Deer skin dried strips
Venison meat sticks
Ostrich sticks or braids