Pancreatitis

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Bo Diddly
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Pancreatitis

Post by Bo Diddly » 08 Nov 2015, 18:42

My 6 year old Aussie has been diagnosed with this last week. Wondered if anyone else has had this problem.
She's recovering now but must have low fat diet from now on, cant think what triggered this episode as her diet doesnt include fat.
The vet was happy with her on Friday even remarked on her fitness.
Poor thing she was in a lot of pain
She's to have another blood test at the end of this week once all the a/bs have finished to determine enzyme levels in her system. Fingers crossed they'll be normal.

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Re: Pancreatitis

Post by campfaz18 » 08 Nov 2015, 23:33

Jacob was suspected of having this a couple of years ago. He started crying one night when we agve him a bone. He was sick and we took him to the emergency vet. The vet felt that he was fine to come home and try him with a light diet such as scrambled egg. We made him some and he just sniffed it and cried. He had further bouts of v and d so we took him back in. This time the vet agreed to keep him and put him on a drip overnight.

The next morning we went to our own vet who ran the pancreatitus test and had him in on a drip. The test came back positive. Our vet told us that it could be a false positive. Aparently if it is negative then pancreatitus is ruled out but a positive is a strong indication. I think that is the right way round!

When he came home from the vet on Friday he couldn't even get up to greet me. He could only manage one tail wag. The vet had warned us he was very poorly. He said he would take him in again on Saturday morning for further session on the drip. The vet couldn't beleive the improvement he had even managed to eat a small portion of food.

A number of dogs had been taken in with v and d in the area and the vet did wonder if it was some localised illness causing pancretitus symtoms.

I hope your girl improves soon. Once Jacob slowly started on his food again he was fine. We were warned it may recurr but touch wood it hasn't.
Nat, Lynne and the boy Jacob


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Re: Pancreatitis

Post by Bid » 09 Nov 2015, 00:17

Poor girl! I walk a couple of dogs with pancreatitis, and as long as they stick to their diets the yare fine. The owners always leave cooked chicken for me to use as treats for them.
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Re: Pancreatitis

Post by Bo Diddly » 09 Nov 2015, 09:01

Hiya. Glad Jacob OK now, and thanks Bid, gives me comfort that dogs live happily with condition Luckily Dixie isn't a 'greedy' dog in actual fact she's fussy even with treats. She's enjoying her low fat diet.
Evidently some dogs are prone to this.
I think the symptoms can be confused with tummy bugs but with Dixie it was blood in her vomit that alerted me. Luckily she didn't need the drip like Jacob which is some comfort.
Hoping no more episodes.

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Re: Pancreatitis

Post by Liz!! » 09 Nov 2015, 16:10

Worth hearing these symptoms, though, thank you. Glad all is better...
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Re: Pancreatitis

Post by Lizzie-Lou » 09 Nov 2015, 18:32

Lizzie had a bout of pancreatitis which really gave cause for concern. The symptoms which alerted us included foaming blood-stained vomit and blood in her faeces. She was ok one day, then could hardly stand within 24hours. The vet was very surprised at the diagnosis as she said she has none of the risk factors: it occurs mostly in older, overweight, inactive dogs, and Lizzie is a very slim and lively youngster. She was kept in the vets for 48 hours on a drip then allowed to come home at night but they had her back during the day for more IV fluids and drugs for another 2 days. There was talk of transferring her to a specialist centre but there was no need as once she turned the corner, she recovered well.
The thing that worried me was how easy it had been to explain away what we now know, with hindsight, were early symptoms:
- She was drinking very little, but I thought that was because she has wet food and she never drinks much anyway
- she was eating less than she used to, which I put down to her having reached her full size so needed fewer calories.
-she wasn't jumping about quite as much as usual, so I patted myself on the back thinking all the training was paying off.
-arching of her back to stretch -something she has always done.
Apparently pancreatitis is more common in some breeds, including miniature poodles, so I hope no-one else's dog experiences it.
Happily, Lizzie is fine now and is on a low-fat diet with added stock to increase fluid intake, and back to being Bizzie Lizzie, dashing about and full of beans again.
Sonia

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Re: Pancreatitis

Post by Bo Diddly » 09 Nov 2015, 19:43

Like your little dog our Dixie is not old or overweight but does look a poodle! The vet said its a lottery. I shall know what to look for in future. I think any blood present should be investigated. Let's hope this helps others and that dogs concerned get treatment quickly.
I'm feeling exhausted after this. Just hate it when my pooches are poorly

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