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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.