Pancreatitis in dogs may be due to many different factors. They can include certain types of medications, infections or metabolic disorders. In many cases, nutrition is key to managing the disease. High-fat diets and food high in phosphorus can also often be major factors in causing pancreatitis in dogs. Many store-bought foods are high in fat and phosphorus, so making homemade dog food is one of the best ways to control fat intake and types of food eaten.
Before implementing a new diet for your dog, check with your vet first. She will be the best guide in helping you determine the appropriate course of action to keeping your dog healthy and safe. The vet will also ensure that pancreatitis is the root of the problem, and not some type of underlying allergy.
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Determine what the best foods are to feed your dog. You may wish to have your dog tested for any food allergies. You may also consider researching your dog's symptoms compared to other dogs to determine the best foods to give him. According to dog nutritionists, some of the best products for dogs with pancreatitis include white meat chicken, lean and low-fat ground beef, beef heart, beef kidney, beef liver, egg whites, non-fat plain yogurt and cottage cheese. Cooked vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, dark leafy greens (collards and spinach), winter squash, sweet potatoes and cabbage are also appropriate for dogs with pancreatitis because they are low in phosphorus and in fat. Oatmeal, rice and barley are good grains to work into recipes as well.
Try some chicken-flavored biscuits. This chicken recipe is low in fat, protein and phosphorus: 2 ½ cup rice flour ½ t garlic powder 6 T low sodium, low fat chicken broth 1 cup cooked squash and sweet potato (ground up) Combine all ingredients and add some cold water to make into dough-like substance. Roll out to about ½ inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool.
This beef recipe is sure to satisfy: 1 cup of boiled lean ground beef, fat drained 1/2 cup boiled beef kidney, fat trimmed 1/4 cup of cooked kale 1/2 cup of yellow crookneck squash 3/4 cup of oatmeal Combine all ingredients, cool and serve.
After preparing the recipes, store the food. The biscuits should keep for up to 1 month and do not require refrigeration. The beef recipe will keep, refrigerated, for up to 1 week. Store each food product in an air-tight container with lid. Make sure to check with your vet on recommended daily food intake amounts. They will vary based on the breed and size of the dog. Typically, for dogs with pancreatitis, vets suggest more frequent, smaller meals throughout the course of the day to aid in the digestion process.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.