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Unhappy Dog has pancreatitis :(

Hi everyone! i have a four year old havanese and she was just diagnosed with pancreatitis She was hooked to an IV for to days and i was supposed to take her today again but unfortunately i cannot afford to take her today or tomorrow. I was thinking of seeing how she feels in a couple of days and then taking her back to get tested again.

Yesterday when she came home from the doctor she ate food for the first time in a week. This morning she ate again, it seems that she is definitely better.

My question is, i am feeding her Newman's Own canned food and i was wondering if that is a good low-fat choice for a dog w/ pancreatitis? I don't really know what is considered low fat for dogs.

Thank you for the help!

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I'm so sorry to hear about your sick baby. I would definitely ask your vet to recommend a food for her. My parents standard poodle had pancreatitis and she had to be on a special diet.
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I'm so sorry to hear about your Hav's illness. I agree, ask your vet what s/he recommends -- maybe also the breeder could weigh in.

Hope all goes well. Jane
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When we thought my puppy had pancreatitis she was put on Hills l/d diet. I would definitely phone your vet and ask. I'm glad to hear that the she's eating but I wouldn't mess around with what your feeding her. Please ask the vet.
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My 5# Maltese had pancreatitis last summer and we had him on Hill's WD, very bland food but that's what they need. I keep a couple of cans on hand now. They are also susceptible to getting pancreatitis again, so really watch everything your baby eats.
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when django had his pancreatitis this summer we had to put him on a special diet for a bit, their systems are so sensative right now and the slightest thing can trigger another attack. call your vet and get their recommendations.
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Oh yes, I remember django serious illness. He's on the back cover of our little book!! lol.
How is he doing?
It may have been w/d not l/d that the vet had my girl on. I just know it is super important to give the right thing. Please keep us posted.
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I will talk with Sabine. She is a nutritionist . I will get back to you.

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I just received this from Sabine . Here is her letter.
It sounds like this was an acute episode, and a quite bad one at that.

Newman's Own is good quality food, but in such a situation I would not recommend it. Keep in mind that the fat percentage given in the guaranteed analysis is a minimum, not the maximum the food contains. At the very least she should call the company and ask for the fat content on "as fed" basis. The lower the better, I would keep it at no more than around 3 to 3.5% right now.

Skinless chicken or turkey breast (cooked) and boiled white rice would be much better. One and a half cups of plain white rice (dry measure), cooked very mushy in plenty of water, with one pound (raw weight) of ground chicken or turkey breast stirred in until it's cooked through.

Add 2,000 mg of calcium supplement (e.g. calcium carbonate) - this is important for a proper calcium/phosphorus ratio, so the kidneys don't get stressed from unbalanced phosphorus.

This is only suitable for short term feeding though, up to a maximum of 2 weeks at a time.

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this is exactly what i fed django for a month before i started reintroducing food. i also took the time to find a better food for him. since you are going to have to slowly transition his food back in, if you wanted to make a change now would be th time to do it. i mixed chicken rice and a bit of canned and kibble over a 3 week period after i got the green light to introduce regular food agian. i found django prefered ground turkey. i'd make up a bunch and stick it in the fridge. that way it was always accesible at meal time and i fed him several times throughout the day instead of once a day
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