Our Havanese is male and 3years, 7months old and lives in the UK. He was diagnosed last weekend as having pancreatitus and the vet has said he must be kept on a low fat diet from now on. As we have never fed him on scraps from the table, barbacue food, etc. but only recognised quality dry kibbles, chicken or fish, we can only assume that the cause was a result of an infection or bacteria. He is a young dog to suffer this condition and wonder if any other owner's dog has acquired this chronic condition and how they have dealt with the situation
They can also get pancreatitis from lawn chemicals, pesticides, other toxins, it doesn't have to just come from fatty foods, he could've gotten it on a walk or in a park that just had the grass treated, keeping them away from bacon is still a good idea though.
Sorry to hear your lil' one is sick. It doesn't necessarily mean that it will be a chronic condition, either, but I have read that if they get it once, it can happen again.
My boy Cash had a bad bout about a year and a half ago. It was after his rabies shot. He totally recovered until just recently he has had some digestion issues. And I am looking into switching from commercial raw.
But I would say, a lower fat diet would probably be a good precaution. I read 10% fat or under for dry and 6% or under for canned or raw. The tricky thing is, is that most dog foods label the minimum fat%. My vet thinks that I just got a fattier batch. Many dog foods ar high in fat, especially the premium brands.
The fatty food doesn't cause it, however, once they have pancreatitis they have a hard time digesting fat as well fat can trigger another attack. There are many causes, some immune, toxins, genetic, etc. Often it's unknown what caused it.