Activities For Dog With Pancreatitis

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Introduction

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that produces secretion for the digestive enzymes, and produces insulin. It is vital for digestion but can get inflamed which causes the digestive enzymes to become active in the pancreas. This can lead to swelling and pain, as well as other symptoms such as vomiting and mood change. If you doubt that your doggo has pancreatitis, read on and see how you can combat this and help your pupper feel better through treatment and calm, mood-lifting activities. 

Cuddle and Research

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Any Day
Cheap
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2 hrs
Items needed
computer
water
blanket
Activity description

Before you think of any treatment for pancreatitis, you first need to know what it is, how it manifests, what are the symptoms, and finally, what to do if your doggo has it. Stay in, grab your computer, blanket, and some water for your pup, and snuggle in together to find out everything about pancreatitis. You should pay attention to the risks associated with this inflammation, the symptoms – so you know how to spot it, and finally, how to diagnose and treat pancreatitis while making your dog feel better in the process. Write down the symptoms you notice in your pup so you can tell it all to your vet. 

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Risks
When does pancreatitis occur? First off, obesity, high-fat diet, hypothyroidism, medications, and various toxins can pose a risk. Be careful around the holidays, as that is when acute pancreatitis is most likely to occur due to a high volume of high-calorie food. Don’t let your dog dig around the garbage, and don’t let them eat anything they find outside.
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Symptoms
Some of the most common symptoms include the loss of appetite, pain in the abdomen, and vomiting. However, some of the symptoms that may occur are diarrhea, lethargy, mood change, arching of the back, swelling of the abdomen, restlessness, as well as gagging. Your dog may also have an irregular heartbeat and difficulty breathing.
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Observational walk
Keep an eye on your dog and see if they show any of these symptoms. When you give them food, see how they react. Take them on a short walk a few times a day and keep an eye on them to see if their energy levels are the same, or have lowered significantly.
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Vet Visit

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
medicine
water
food
Activity description

If you suspect that your pup has pancreatitis, take them to the vet immediately so they can diagnose them and provide a treatment plan. When you take your dog to the veterinary clinic, keep them calm and provide the emotional support they desperately need. The vet will perform a series of tests to determine the health of your pup, and those tests may include a chemistry test which will evaluate their liver, kidneys, and pancreas, blood sugar tests, blood count to check for infection or inflammation, electrolyte tests, and pancreas-specific tests. Be there every step of the way and let your dog know that they are not alone.

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Treat it
The vet may suggest that your dog receive intravenous fluids and pain medicine. They may also prescribe a painkiller and antiemetic medication that helps with vomiting. If there is an infection, they will suggest antibiotics, and prescribe a diet for your pup.
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Support them
No one likes to go to the doctor, and neither does your pet. The trip to the vet is stressful, so make sure to have some water for them, maybe a healthy treat if the vet allows, and most of all, emotional support for your little furry friend.
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Shopping excursion
After the vet visit, make a stop at the pet supply store and allow your best companion to partake in a perusal of the toy section. Together, choose a puzzle game and a treat toy. Mental stimulation is still necessary, even when your dog needs to rest physically.
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Taste Tester

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
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Chicken and Turkey
Rice and potatoes
Cottage cheese
water
apron
Activity description

Once your vet determines that your doggo is suffering from pancreatitis, they will, apart from the needed medication, prescribe a change in diet. They will probably recommend a low-fat diet for your pup that will be mild on their stomach and pancreas and help their digestive system get back on track and start working normally again. A change of habits will be necessary, so get ready, put your apron on, and get your adorable taste tester to help you make the most delicious healthy food that will make them feel so much better! Get cooking and include your buddy in every step!

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Cook
Get some chicken, rice, potatoes, turkey, and low-fat cottage cheese and start cooking! Overcook some rice with extra water, dump in cooked chicken breast with no skin, and add a little bit of cottage cheese on top for a gourmet low-fat dinner for your pup!
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Get feedback
Let your puppy be a designated taste tester and try out all the food you are making. Give them small bites of chicken or turkey, let them try some rice, and taste the cottage cheese, and see if they like it. Then, combine it all and wait for the chef to compliment you with a tail wag!
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Shopping for Food

Get your dog’s prettiest leash and take them out shopping! You will need to find all the healthy food they require, so take them along and let them sniff it before you buy it. Various pet stores offer samples of their food, so make sure that your doggo does not overindulge on these.

Add Vitamins

When you are making dinner for your pup, add some vitamin A and E in the form of salmon or a tiny bit of coconut oil. Give them a small salmon snack from time to time and see what they think about this strange pink food.

Conclusion

Pancreatitis sounds like something truly scary and untreatable, and it is understandable that you are afraid and anxious after your dog’s diagnosis. However, you must remember that you are your dog’s caretaker, you are responsible for them, and for their emotional well-being, so put on a brave face, offer your support, and be there for your pup. Play with them and cuddle them, and help them go through this because they need you more than ever.