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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-13-2017, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Home Cooking for the Pancreatic Pooch?

Kamahi and I have been through the ringer and back, with bouts of chronic Pancreatitis flaring since he was just under two years old. It started off with a severe attack that turned to shock, and he was put on Prescription canned i/D, which seemed to help for a time.

Then we turned to Nutro LID when it was below 9% fat content. Once they upped it, we were directed to Solid Gold Wolf King Bison, which had worked well for the last five years. Until Kamahi had to be hospitalized this past October. (Accidents happen, and he found his way into some cooked chicken bones - luckily those didn't perforate anything; however, they did set off his Pancreatitis) He stayed on Prescription canned i/D for about a week, and following the Vet's permission, we slowly switched him back to Solid Gold shortly after. However, he wound right back up in the hospital a week later with Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis. With some IV fluids and Metronidazole he was able to go home in just under a week. At this point in time, I also switched Kamahi to the dry i/D low fat Digestive Care Prescription Diet. I know, blech - but ever since this roller coaster began I've been under the opinion that what works to control his health is the best thing for him. That was the last couple of months.

We've had a few other visits again last month, as well as this month (saying we have consistently been going about twice a week for the last few months honestly would not be considered a stretch, lol) for a couple related issues, and the last time we went in they found nothing wrong with him through two different rounds of bloodwork, a general examination, etc.

My worry is that it's down to the food at this point in time, and all that's worked for him consistently is bland chicken & rice (or canned i/D food, but I'd really prefer he not be on that for the rest of his life). I know chicken & rice on its own doesn't contain all of the nutrients he needs for thriving. And ultimately, that's why I've come here...

.. Are there any books or recipes you all would recommend for a Pancreatic pup? Something low in fat, mid level protein, high in carbs, easy on the digestive tract, full of nutrents, and relatively easy to make in fairly large batches to freeze & store.

Please share your experience(s) and let me know what worked for you & your pup!! Thank you!

P.S. I don't know if age makes a difference with what nutrients he'll need, but he's 8.5, so getting up there in years. He's also on a Glucosamine & Chondroitin supplement already for his joints, as well as twice monthly Adequan shots.

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I believe www.greentripe.com carries a mixture for Pancreatitis.
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Try the website balanceit.com

They only have recipes for healthy adult dogs on the site but you can contact them about your pet's health issues in consultation with your vet and you can get a customized recipe using their vitamin/mineral supplement to make it balanced.

Worth a shot.

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The reassuring thing about Balance It is that the recipes are formulated by a DVM with a second doctorate in animal nutrition, who has been affiliated with UC Davis vet school, and has been a consultant for major companies on nutrients. When there's a major health problem, having your vet talking to the Balance It vet about health history to get a custom recipe makes a lot of sense.
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