The vet will decide on a course of treatment for your dog if his pancreatitis is severe this will probably involve him staying over at the vet's for a couple of days on a drip to get fluids into him and keep him hydrated while his pancreas is recovering. If it is a milder form the vet might prescribe anti-sickness medication, pain relief and rest. When your dog is diagnosed with pancreatitis in can be very worrying but there are things you change about his diet and lifestyle to try and prevent a reoccurrence.
So what are the symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs? If your dog is suffering from acute pancreatitis, symptoms normally appear suddenly. Usually, dogs will refuse or just pick at their meals, even a favourite treat might be rejected. Your dog might vomit, have diarrhoea and can be noticeably in pain, hunching up (similar to a play bow) due to the discomfort in their stomach.
I bet the question you’re asking yourself now is – what are the causes of Pancreatitis in dogs? Well, dogs that are overweight or obese are more at risk, as are dogs that eat a highly-processed diet, such as extruded kibble or in fact any diet that is high in fat and low in protein.
Sadly, pancreatitis in dogs is all too common, certain breeds are more susceptible to it such as Cocker Spaniels and Miniature Schnauzers, but it can affect any pooch.
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