What is pancreatitis?

The pancreas is a flat, thin, elongated organ in your pet's abdomen. The pancreas has a drain, which together with the liver, leads into the small intestine.

The pancreas contains two major types of cells. One group of cells produces hormones that regulate the sugar level of the blood of your pet. Diabetes can occur if there is a problem with these cells and the production of hormones. The other group of cells produces digestive enzymes, which are released into the small intestine to digest food. If these enzymes start digesting the pancreas itself, this can cause pancreatitis.

Pancreatitis can appear suddenly and cause severe symptoms, or it can develop slowly with less obvious symptoms. Both situations can be dangerous for your pet and should be closely monitored by your vet. We can't assess your pet’s condition, so we recommend you ask your vet about the best nutrition for your dog.

Is our food suitable?

In cases of pancreatitis, vets usually recommend a diet with a high fiber content (>10% DS) and low carbs (<20%). Carbs should be highly digestible, for example, from rice or potato. 

Our adult chicken (4.9% DM) and senior salmon & chicken (5.4% DM) have a high-fibre content, but are still too low compared to the recommended fibre content for dogs with pancreatitis. Your vet will also recommend a diet with low to moderate fat (not much higher than 10%). Our senior product range & the adult organic turkey are our lowest fat-content recipes, but they might still be too 'fatty' for dogs suffering from pancreatitis. 

Your four-legged friend probably needs specialised, curative food, which we don't currently offer. Always contact your veterinarian and ask for advice when choosing a recipe for your dog. 

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