What should you feed dogs with Pancreatitis ?

What is Pancreatitis?

During digestion, the pancreas produces enzymes that break down sugars, fats, starches and proteins. Pancreatitis is a condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed. 

What should you feed dogs with pancreatitis?

High levels of fat and protein in a diet stimulate the pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. In order to give the pancreas of dogs with pancreatitis some rest and a chance to recover, it is recommended to feed a diet with a reduced amount of fat and protein.

The recommendation for the amount of fat in the diet is 10% - 15% fat on a dry matter basis.  Dry matter basis is the percentage of a nutrient ignoring the moisture content – so what the percentage would be with all of the moisture removed.

The recommended protein level in a diet for dogs with pancreatitis  is 15% - 30% on a dry matter basis. Because they will be getting less protein, it is important to they get high quality proteins – meaning ones that are easily digestible and with the right balance of amino acids. 

Pancreatitis can create a cycle of inflammation.  EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources can help with this inflammation by supporting the body’s natural anti-inflammatory process.

 

Concurrent conditions

Sometimes dogs with have both pancreatitis and another condition.  This will have an effect on the their nutritional needs.  

CONCURRENT CONDITION ADDITIONAL NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Hyperlipidaemia:

Even lower dietary fat level at under 10% DM and/or high level of omega-3 fatty acids

Obesity:

Low fat level and a low energy density

Diabetes mellitus:

Low carbohydrate or high-fibre diet with complex carbohydrates

Exocrine pancreas insufficiency:

Highly digestible diets

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Highly digestible, hypoallergenic diets, preferably with increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids

Food sensitivity 

Hypoallergenic diet

SPECIFIC is the range of nutrition from Dechra Veterinary Products and has a range of diets, available through your vet, designed to provide the right the nutritional profile to support dogs and cats with medical conditions.  The diets available for the support of dogs with pancreatitis are these

DIETS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF PANCREATITIS

 

Dry Diet Wet Diet

 Characteristics

Adult

  • CID - Digestive Support 
  • CDD-HY Food Allergen Management
     
  • CIW - Digestive Support
  • COW-HY - Allergen Management Plus

Fat levels: – 10% - 15% (dry matter)
Protein levels: 15% - 30% (dry matter)

Puppy

  • CID - Digestive Support 
  • CPD-XL – Puppy Large & Giant Breed
  • CDD-HY – Food Allergen Management
  • CIW - Digestive Support
  • COW-HY - Allergen Management Plus

If your dog has pancreatitis and another condition then these are the diets that can help

DIETS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF BOTH PANCREATITIS AND CONCURRENT CONDITIONS IN DOGS

 

Dry Diet Wet Diet

 Characteristics

Hyperlipidaemia

  • CRD-2 Weight Control*
  • CGD* - Senior*
  • COW-HY - Allergen Management Plus**

*Fat level below 10% DM
** High omega-3 fatty acid levels

Obesity

  • CRD-2 Weight Control

 

Fat level below 10% DM

Diabetes Mellitus
 
  • CED-DM – Endocrine Support*
  • CRD-2** Weight Control
 

*Protein level above 30% but low fat and carbohydrate levels make this suitable for dogs with pancreatitis and concurrent
diabetes mellitus

**fat level below 10% DM

Exocrine pancreas insufficiency
  • CID - Digestive Support 
  • CDD - Food Allergen Management
  • CDD-HY – Food Allergen Management
  • CIW - Digestive Support
  • COW-HY - Allergen Management Plus
High digestibility
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)  
  • COW-HY - Allergen Management Plus
Highly digestible, hypoallergenic diets with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids
Food sensitivity
  • CDD - Food Allergen Management
  • CDD-HY – Food Allergen Management
  • COW-HY - Allergen Management Plus
Hypoallergenic diets

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