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has anyone hav had a bout with pancreatitis? django was in icu for a few days with it, of course it happened when i was out of town but thank god for our wonderful dog sitter, she took him into the emergency room. he's home now, recovering but very slowly. has anyone had to deal with this, more so the healing proess?
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Our beagle had an attack of pancreatitis once, while she was being boarded. She was in the veterinary hospital for a couple of days, and then on a special diet (Science Diet KD? canned food) for a few weeks. At first, she couldn't keep any food down, so we had to give her tiny bits of the KD at a time. It took a while until she was back to her normal self. We kept her on a reduced fat diet the rest of her life.
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Poor Django! He really has had his share.
I'm so glad he's on the mend!
What were his symptoms?
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My non-hav girl has chronic pancreatitis -- which is a whole 'nother ballgame away from acute pancreatitis, which is what I think your dog had.

While acute pancreatitis can be life threatening (hence the stay in intensive care), it can, in some cases be the only attack that ever happens. However, some dogs will have another attack, so I suggest you monitor your babe carefully for future signs. Make sure you know all the signs of an impending attack (things like vomitting, diarrhea, doing a play bow position b/c they are in pain, walking around the room showing discomfort, staring into space b/c of pain, etc).

Try and find out if this acute attack was preceeded by some food given out of the ordinary. Don't add in fat too quickly -- go super slow on adding the fat back in. I would imagine the vet gave instructions of feeding and if the amount given should be slowly increased. I am pretty sure that multiple, small meals a day would be much better than two meals a day for awhile. And I imagine that it is easier to digest lower fat home prepared or canned food for awhile instead of kibble. If he is having difficulty digesting the food, then you might want to ask the vet about giving digestive enzymes. oddly enough, for my dogs (both dogs have digestive issues), the animal based digestive enzymes do not do as well as the plant based (vegetarian) enzymes -- but it could be different for every dog.

What instructions did your vet give about feeding and whether he knows what caused it and how long he thinks it will take to get back to normal?? And, does he plan on doing more testing in awhile?

As far as testing goes -- I highly, highly suggest sending out a panel to TAMU - Texas A & M Univeristy. It will tell if your pup has SIBO and as far as pancreatitis goes -- it is much, much, much more sensitive a test and picks up more minute numbers. Actually, a dog can have pancreatitis and you won't even ever know it in some cases. But, you might want to do this test in a few months to see if the inflammation is back to normal. Your vet might or might not want to do one know just to use as a reference guide to see if the numbers come down. I would recommend periodic testing of this and make sure these 'super sensitive' numbers are back in line. The 'regular' blood testing may show all is well, but the sensitive one from TAMU may say differently. You do not want this thing turning into chronic pancreatitis and he may still have on-going inflammation even if you think he is fine. And that on-going inflammation can cause lots of problems you don't want. So, it is worth the monitoring.

I do hope he gets back to normal very quickly and there won't be any more flare-ups. That is a scary thing to go thru and pancreatitis must be taken very seriously. Yep, you have a good dog-sitter who knew just what to do. (what was his signs that she knew to take him in?)

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I'm so sorry to hear about this. One of my friend's has a Pekinese mix and she had a pancreatitis attack a year ago. She was on a bland diet of rice and boiled chicken for several weeks afterwards, I remember.

Good luck -- I hope this is just a one-time problem.

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has anyone hav had a bout with pancreatitis? django was in icu for a few days with it, of course it happened when i was out of town but thank god for our wonderful dog sitter, she took him into the emergency room. he's home now, recovering but very slowly. has anyone had to deal with this, more so the healing proess?
No, we haven't dealt with it and hope we never do. The two of you who posted that your dogs got it also said you were out of town. Can it be brought on by stress?

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No, we haven't dealt with it and hope we never do. The two of you who posted that your dogs got it also said you were out of town. Can it be brought on by stress?
I just looked it up and answered my own question:

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Multiple factors can contribute to the development of pancreatitis. Certain medications, infections; metabolic disorders including hyperlipidemia (high amounts of lipid in the blood) and hypercalcemia (high amounts of calcium in the blood); obesity; and trauma and shock can be associated with the development of pancreatitis. Middle-aged dogs appear to be at increased risk of developing pancreatitis; as a breed, Schnauzers and Yorkshire terriers appear to be more prone to pancreatitis. Nutrition also plays a role. Dogs with diets high in fat, dogs who have recently gotten in to the trash or have been fed table scraps, or dogs who 'steal' or are fed greasy 'people food' seem to have a higher incidence of the disease. In addition, dogs who have previously had pancreatitis or abdominal surgery appear to be more at risk.
http://www.peteducation.com/article....2+1580&aid=335

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I just looked it up and answered my own question:

Causes

Multiple factors can contribute to the development of pancreatitis. Certain medications, infections; metabolic disorders including hyperlipidemia (high amounts of lipid in the blood) and hypercalcemia (high amounts of calcium in the blood); obesity; and trauma and shock can be associated with the development of pancreatitis. Middle-aged dogs appear to be at increased risk of developing pancreatitis; as a breed, Schnauzers and Yorkshire terriers appear to be more prone to pancreatitis. Nutrition also plays a role. Dogs with diets high in fat, dogs who have recently gotten in to the trash or have been fed table scraps, or dogs who 'steal' or are fed greasy 'people food' seem to have a higher incidence of the disease. In addition, dogs who have previously had pancreatitis or abdominal surgery appear to be more at risk.
http://www.peteducation.com/article....2+1580&aid=335
It could have been stress, although of course beagles are notorious food stealers, and Reba was middle-aged as well. Hard to know what the cause was exactly. Just the same, she got sick another time when we went out of town, so maybe it was stress. Poor girl!
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he was vomiting, bloody diarrhea. he's been home since friday and the only thing he will eat is ground white turkey meat. at least he's eating something! putting a call into the vet about his diet. i do think it's wise to make some changes now. and thanks for the blood test tip. he's on meds which i have to crush and mix with yogurt and use the suringe to get it into him but we do what we have to do. thanks for all the input. very helpful.
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My Zoey has problems with pancreatitis. Both have had it. The first time DH gave them sausage. Big fat no no for these girls. Bella just had that one time. Zoey however has had a few episodes. I was going to tell you everything Lynn said. LOL The vet has my girls on purina EN with fortiflora. Not crazy about the food, the girls like it, I just worry about the nutrition value. If it keeps Zoey from having another episode of pancreatitis I'll stick with it. The vet thinks if we can get her a year to a year and half without another attack maybe we can slowly try changing the food.

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