Avoid these foods, look for these signs of pancreatitis in your dog

Often when veterinarians see pancreatitis in a dog, there has been a specific food trigger….

Often when veterinarians see pancreatitis in a dog, there has been a specific food trigger. This means that the pet becomes sick after a meal of something very rich and fatty. I would say that the top five foods I have seen trigger pancreatitis are (in no particular order) chicken wings, steak, rotisserie chicken, barbecue and ribs.

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Owners will describe an incident of the dog either getting into the trash and eating these foods or having had a meal where the food was shared with the dog. This is because fatty rich food encourages the pancreas to work harder.

The pancreas is an organ that sits right at the beginning of the small intestine as it leaves the stomach. It has tiny ducts that go into the small intestine, allowing it to release enzymes that digest the food leaving the stomach.

The immediate symptoms of pancreatitis are vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. These cases come on quickly and result in severe discomfort.

When the pancreas is overloaded with fatty food to digest, it will react by releasing extra enzymes. These enzymes will irritate the pancreas tissue, causing inflammation. The inflammation will cause the pancreas to overreact, releasing more enzymes and causing more damage to the pancreas tissue. In severe cases, it can even result in an abscess in the area of the pancreas.

The immediate symptoms of pancreatitis are vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. These cases come on quickly and result in severe discomfort. The pet requires immediate treatment and often hospitalization. Acute pancreatitis can be fatal in some cases.