Pancreatitis in dogs is not unlike that in humans. It is an inflammation of the pancreas. It can occur in a mild form or a severe form. It is more common in dogs who have been treated with cortisone in the past, diabetic dogs and dogs fed a poor diet.
The symptoms of mild pancreatitis are a loss of appetite, and so eventually weight loss, occasional vomiting, low spirits and diarrhoea.
Acute pancreatitis can occur quite suddenly with a bout of vomiting and a severe pain in the abdomen. Depending on how observant you are and how well you read your dog’s body language, you may not pick up on the pain very well. Diarrhoea can also be present.
But these symptoms are so common in other disease labels, such as food poisoning, that it is by no means conclusive. Blood tests, checking for amylase, and/or an ultra sound can be more conclusive.
A severe attack of pancreatitis in dogs can be serious. The dog can go into shock and the pancreas can be damaged. If diabetes is not already present, this can result. A severe attack can be fatal.
Repeated attacks are common.
You can prevent pancreatitis. It is not an inevitable disease. It does have a cause. Let’s examine some.
Veterinarians, along with doctors, tend to prescribe cortisone liberally. When it first appeared on the market, they were under strict instructions to use it only in life threatening situations, because it carried serious health problems. In the intervening years, it has not become safer. The warnings have simply been dropped. Perhaps they were rather inconvenient.
Most canine diseases and health problems are caused by a poor diet and the veterinary treatment does nothing to undo this problem. Rather it compounds it by suppressing the natural expression of the body under stress.
Few people would ever entertain the idea that they are feeding their dog badly, but this is what you are doing if you feed your dog virtually any proprietary commercial dog food, even that sold to you by your vet.
Most commercial dog food is high in fat. Fat is essential for the health of your dog, but not in the amounts that are typical in commercial dog food. Even that sold at butchers is typically all their discarded fat, sometimes coloured with beetroot juice.
A high fat content is unhealthy, not just for the pancreas. But this is only the start of the problem, with commercial dog food.
To improve your dog’s health, you first need to address the diet. By feeding your dog a quality, natural diet, you can reverse all the past health problems. This alone can negate the need for any veterinary treatment, including cortisone.
A poor diet is one of the main causes of all diseases, including pancreatitis in dogs. It comes before any other cause. Veterinarians will never understand this, because they are never taught the importance of diet. Veterinary research will continue to be carried out, all in vain. There will never be any break throughs, because they are looking in the wrong area.