What are some good diets for dogs with pancreatitis?


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In general, the best diets for dogs with pancreatitis use low-fat and easily digestible foods, according to PetMD. For short-term treatment of acute pancreatitis, this may take the form of boiled chicken and rice. Dogs that need to be on maintenance diets may benefit from a commercial low-fat food, such as Purina EN or Hill's Prescription Diet i/d, as recommended by 2ndChance.info.

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Generally, dogs with pancreatitis should eat foods with a fat content of less than 10 percent, according to Fetch. There are some commercial diets that do not specifically target pancreatitis but still meet these requirements, including Innova Low Fat Adult, Natural Balance Ultra Reduced and Blue Buffalo Senior. Raw diets may also meet these requirements, and there are commercial raw meals available for dogs, such as Nature's Variety Instinct.

Dogs that are prone to chronic pancreatitis may need additional supplements to aid in digestion as well, notes 2ndchance.info. They may need to take a multivitamin, which helps make up for the difficulty they may have digesting fat-soluble vitamins. Digestive enzymes may also help.

Pancreatitis is a potentially life-threatening medical condition, so dogs exhibiting symptoms should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, recommends The Whole Dog Journal. The veterinarian can help provide appropriate feeding recommendations. Dogs with acute pancreatitis may eventually be able to return to a normal diet.

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