|Barked: Mon Apr 30, '07 6:25pm PST |
|Information from another dachshund website, so I can't take credit:
Do what your vet says.
It usually turns out to be an episode lasting a few days, then you need to kind of watch diet from here on out (especially fat and some say watching protein as well). But on occasion it can be serious so you don't want to mess around with it.
Between my usual vet, the emergency vet, and the internist all of whom I had contact with during Sadies 14th year there are apparently several approaches (and they are somewhat opposite). Some say feed bland as long as they're not vomiting ... others say no food, just IV fluids, until the pancreatic enzymes are down then slow reintroduction of bland food. The internist I took Sadie to said give 1 - 2 TB every 2 to 3 hours...then gradually increasing amounts and decreasing frequency.
Fatty food can provoke problems so I'd probably avoid the cheese.
I know there is a lot of conflicting information out there...you're best bet is to keep track of your questions and ask the vet.
Here is what the vet told me.
It is brought on by fatty foods
Overweight dogs are more likely to suffer from it
No food, only IV fluids until the bilirubin returns to normal
My vet also explained to me, that even being in the same room with fatty yummine food can cause pain. The smell and sight of food triggers the saliva glands and that gets the intestinal juices flowing. This can bring on the pain and an attack. I know it sounds weird, however after three days on IV fluids the last episode, you bet I introduced bland food back very very slowly.
My vet also prescribed steroids (?) and kaopeptate or pepto bismol.
Once over the attack and back to normal, watching the diet can help prevent further episodes.
I would ask your vet for an approved list of foods...but pumpkin may be an OK thing.
When Sadie was recovering from one of her bouts, she turned up her nose when offered regular potatoes (when they were starting food at the animal hospital) but would eat sweet potatoes when given those. I guess sweet potatoes and pumpkins aren't related but may have some similarities...high fiber, low fat, low protein - mostly carbs.
100 % pure pumpkin (not pie filling) and NO fat PLAIN yogurt are the way to go if you are going to add those to your pups diet. The yogurt adds beneficial bacteria to the stomach and the pumpkin adds fiber.. most dogs love both. I have been giving my guys 1 heaping teaspoon of pumpkin at each meal and 1 teaspoon of yogurt with dinner for over a year now and have not had any runny stool problems.
If you are dealing with pancreatitis and want to hide the meds in cheese use no fat or low fat Mozzarella or (string cheese) most dogs love that.
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