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    Pancreatitis in Dogs: Symptoms and Treatments

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    For the first 24 hours, vets often recommend no food, water, or medications by mouth. That gives the pancreas a rest. If your dog has a severe case, he may need to be in the hospital to get IV fluids.

    When he gets home, you'll need to give him lots of water to make sure he doesn't get dehydrated. He may need medication for pain, too. He may also get drugs to help ease nausea and vomiting.

    When your dog starts eating again, make sure it's a low-fat diet. Look for food that's easy to digest. Talk it over with your vet, but it's probably a good idea to stick with this diet for several months, and possibly for life.

    Prevention

    Watch your dog's diet. Make sure he doesn't have too much high-fat food.

    Don't cave to his puppy-dog eyes, even on special occasions. Your dog doesn't need to eat human food. Keep your garbage secure. Vets report more cases of pancreatitis during the holidays, when people are eating more fatty foods and so are their pets.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on August 25, 2014
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