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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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My german shepherd mix dog is 2 years old now and was diagnosed with pancreatitis when she was a pup. The vet put her on w/d Hills low fat food high fiber... I have just become aware of the ingredients in her food what should I switch her too... Right now I pay 65$ for a 30 lb bag... But the ingredients are similar to science diet.... Please help with any suggestions
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Hi there,

Was it acute or is it chronic pancreatitis? How was it diagnosed?

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Chronic.... Diagnosed with blood work (lipase and amylase).... Also she would have blood in stool swollen pancreas and vomit if she would eat any other food high in fat.
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Ok, so you've got a couple of choices. You can look for a lower fat content high-quality kibble (like Wellness Core Reduced Fat or the D*ick Van Patten stuff), you can feed a lower fat raw diet or you can cook for your dog.

What sorts of supplements are you giving to support the pancreas and liver?

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I have a dog with epi/sibo. Had her on Royal Canine LS. Comparied the ingredients to Natrual Balance low fat. She has been on the Natural Balance for about 8 months with no issues.

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When was the last time your dog was checked? You said diagnosed at 5 months and now 2. What does the blood work look like now?

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Well we haven't gotten blood work since a year ago but if she eats high fat food her pancreas is upset again she vomits... I'm just looking for help on a dif type of food since I've heard bad things about hills and science diet which she currently is on.
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I have a family member who has a diabetic dog with pancreatitus and she used to make his own food. I hope whatever you try/decide to do that your pup will be okay. Prayers your pups way.
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Natural Balance LID varieties are pretty good. If I were you, I would get your dog's values tested again. My boy was misdiagnosed with pancreatitis for 7 years. Turned out to be chronic SIBO. He had been treated wrong the entire time.

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Well we haven't gotten blood work since a year ago but if she eats high fat food her pancreas is upset again she vomits... I'm just looking for help on a dif type of food since I've heard bad things about hills and science diet which she currently is on.
So at this point, you know that she can't tolerate a lot of fat in the food. The elevated lipase and amylase are pretty clear indicators when you combine them with the symptoms.

It is very likely that there are food intolerances or allergies that will aggravate the situation, it might not all be about the fat.

For a dog with chronic pancreatitis, I would be giving digestive enzymes, and also probiotics. The pancreas is not functioning correctly, and will become less and less effective over time. It's possible that EPI can develop from this too. The enzymes will help ensure that your dog is gettiing nutrients from the food.

In general, stay away from foods that have corn, sorghum or by-products in it. For your dog, you may need a simpler food, with fewer proteins and ingredients, but maybe not.


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