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The first most important thing you need to do is get your dogs stools firm for at least a week, then go slow, if you want to change to another food introduce it very slowly. As for how much, often the recommended amout on the package is too much. If your dogs do have pancreatitis you need to make for sure that they are fully recovered before starting regular food, chronic pancreatitis can develop from small bouts that scar the pancreas over time causing a chronic form. This is a very serious illiness even when they have a mild attack. In the old days they use to fast a dog for a day or two, now days they know this puts strain back on the pancreas too soon, so they us the special food.
The way that pancreatitis is diagnosed is by the level of amylase and lypase these are elevated...but other things can also cause an elevation. Another test is a snap cPL this can comfirm pancreatitis right in the Vet's office, not all Vet's will have it, you find Vet's that have it, often have a waiting room of over weight dogs...my Vet has one and many people here think Bacon is a great treat. High Fat and too rich foods can bring on a bout of pancretitis. Surgical as well as emotional stress, too much vitamin E, there are host of things that can cause it. As well as hereditatary can make them more susceptible
The ID is not magic (although it works like it), dogs stomachs are not like ours, they do not mash up food after it goes in, enzymes do most of the work and there is a very short transit time as they do not have our intestinal tract. The ID is full of carbohydrates that come out the way they went in, this causes them to come out in a bulk form, for now you want this.
Havanese is one of the breeds that is susceptible to pancreatitis, this is not the end of the world and need not be a problem, as long as you are care full and feed a moderate fat diet, often it's a switch to a food with a bit less protein or where the protein source is from some other animal, also watch dehydrated treats like pure liver (it is a great treat but you can give too much), watch hot dogs, cold cuts, etc. Children are great for sneaking these things to their little pals as are guests, and even family members.
Sometime when our Vets say it could be related to diet or food we think Allergy...but that may not be what they mean, yes the food is affecting them, but their system can not tolerate it, this is very different then a true food allergy. An intolarence is different and can have different levels. Think lactose intolerence some who have it can eat a bit of cheese or ice cream and have mild gas, but others are in the bathroom for hours. Regardless the food is a problem.
I hope this helps you understand pancreatitis as well as other stomach problems that may cause your pups to need a rest. I know many will recommend diet's and advice and they all will have pros and cons. For now you need to get your pups stools hard before moving on to those suggestions. All the best.
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