The pancreas is the V-shaped organ that is located behind the stomach and the duodenum (first small intestine). Its two main functions are to aid in the metabolism of sugar in the body through production of insulin, and aid in the digestion of nutrients through production of pancreatic enzymes. Pancreatitis is a sudden onset when the pancreatic juices attack your dogs’ pancreas, causing inflammation.
Symptoms of pancreatitis in your dog varies depends upon its severity. Most often, your dog will lose interest in food as well as appear listless, depressed and weak. Other signs are anxiousness, heavy panting, diarrhea (sometimes bloody) and the tummy is very tender to the touch. In severe cases, your dog may go into shock. Veterinary attention is required. If you suspect your dog is suffering from this condition, you can help your dog by following these steps:
‘¢ Feed your dog a healthy diet with all-natural ingredients that is high protein, low carbohydrates and very low fat.
‘¢ Place your dog on a weight reduction diet since obese dogs are more susceptible to pancreatitis.
‘¢ Supply your dog with plenty of water daily, which is the most important mineral for good health, skin, coat and bodily functions.
‘¢ Exercise as a regular routine is imperative for good health habits that can go a long way in preventing pancreatitis.
‘¢ Lock up your garbage, the dog food and all dog treats so that your dog cannot over-eat or consume anything that will cause great damage to his intestines and pancreas.
‘¢ Monitor your dog closely if on medications such as Azathioprine (Imuran Rx), potassium bromide for seizures and l-asparaginase for chemo treatment. Also be aware if your dog is taking zinc used as a dietary supplement and prednisone or other corticosteroids. These medications are linked to pancreatitis.
‘¢ Take caution in areas where scorpions exist due to the digestive enzymes in their sting which can be hazardous to your dog’s pancreas.
‘¢ Refrain from administering supplements of calcium or calcitriol, as too much calcium in the bloodstream can lead to pancreatitis.
‘¢ Pay particular attention to diet and watch closely for symptoms if you have a miniature schnauzer or Yorkshire terrier, as they are more susceptible to pancreatitis.
‘¢ Use herbal and homeopathic supplements such as Pancreas Booster or Liver Aid for their success in promoting optimum liver, gallbladder and pancreas function.
‘¢ Other natural and homeopathic products for pancreas health can be found and purchased online, however speak with your veterinarian should further treatment be necessary.
Any of these suggestions in the treatment of pancreatitis are healthy ideas whether your dog is ill or not. A nutritional diet, plenty of water and exercise along with locking up inappropriate particulars can keep your dog in a happy, healthy state.