The pancreas is an organ that produces hormones and enzymes needed to digest proteins and fats.
Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas is inflamed and swollen, that it produces unusually large amount of highly corrosive enzymes that may even spill into the abdominal cavity, causing damages to the internal organs.
Pancreatitis may be acute or chronic. There are a multitude of factors causing pancreatitis. It is widely known to be closely related to food and diet. A diet that is excessive in fat or protein content can cause chronic pancreatitis; consumption of large volume of greasy food may result in acute pancreatitis. Dogs that make a habit of going through garbage or those that are fed on table scraps are vulnerable to either chronic or acute pancreatitis. Miniature Schnauzers are predisposed to pancreatitis as they commonly have altered fat metabolism.
Concurrent hormonal imbalance predisposes a dog to pancreatitis. Such conditions include: diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, and hypercalcemia.
Other diseases such as gallstones may also lead to pancreatitis. Some medications or treatments such as certain chemotherapy drugs, such as L-asparaginase, are reportedly associated with acute pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis causes a great deal of abdominal pain. If your Schauzer is having pancreatitis, he will probably refuse to eat, feels extremely lethargic and may have a fever, accompanied by persistent diarrhea (over 24 hours) and/or vomiting. Because of the magnitude of the pain, many dogs with pancreatitis will hunch his back and cry.
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If you observe any of these signs in your Schnauzer, you must rush him to the vet immediately and have him hospitalized for maximum care and proper pain management. Any more food or even water intake would stretch his stomach and stimulate the pancreas to produce more enzymes. So, once your Schnauzer is diagnosed with pancreatitis , he will be put on a fast for at least 24 hours to give his pancreas and his abdomen a rest. A fast will slow down the diarrhea, but fasting and the water lost through diarrhea and vomiting can quickly lead to dehydration. Your vet will most likely give him intravenous injections, and withhold any water consumption all together until signs of diarrhea and vomitting are gone.
Post-hospitalization care in various ways is very important in helping your Schnauzer recover. High fat and protein content in the food stimulates excessive enzyme production in the pancreas. Giving your Schnauzer a bland diet in small quantity but frequently after fasting can help his pancreas get some more rest. Lean meat, such as boiled chicken or turkey, and rice are good options. Leave out the supplements until your Schnauzer is fully recovered and avoid raw food diet immediately or you will put your pet through another trauma. Dry kibble is hard for the stomach and should be avoided right after recovery. As with food, avoid pumping too much water in your Schnauzer at one time.
In the long run, you will find an all-natural diet beneficial in many ways and worthwhile. It is ideal that you can cook for your Schnauzer, but not all pet owners have the time to prepare the meals and to do the necessary research on nutrition. A high quality, all-natural commercial dog food is a good alternative. A wholesome diet can help prevent pancreatitis and promote your Schnauzer's health in general in the long run.
Pancreas BoosterAfter a full recovery of your Schnauzer, you may give a all-herb remedy PetAlive Pancreas Booster, that consists of bromelain, papain, gymnema, goat's rue and fennel. It may effectively promote the health of the pancreas, digestive functioning, balance of digestive enzymes used during digestion and healthy insulin production. This formula can also be used regularly as a precaution.
There are certain enzymes that may be given to your pet while recovering from pancreatitis, of course, under the instruction of your vet. Speak to your vet before doing so.
Many dogs who have developed pancreatitis once is likely to experience a recurrence. When your Schauzer is fully recovered, you may consider introducing digestive enzymes such as FloraZyme LP, Prozyme, Solid Gold's D-Zyme, or live-culture yogurt, into your Schnauzer's diet. These enzymes can promote digestion of protein and fat and strengthen the gastrointestinal environment of your pet.
Dogs respond to supplements and alternative treatments differently. Consult your vet before applying any of these remedies or making any dietary changes to your Schnauzer. Dogs known to have other medical conditions should only receive alternative treatments or supplements under the supervision of your vet. In any case, supplements should be introduced gradually and, preferably, only one new supplement at a time.