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What is the treatment for pancreatitis in dogs?

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For the first 24 hours, vets may recommend no food or water, or may continue to offer food. Pain medications are usually given by injection. These things give the pancreas a rest. Giving your dog IV fluids is a common practice for pancreatitis. When your dog gets home, you'll need to give it lots of water to make sure it doesn't get dehydrated. Your dog may need medication for pain, too. It 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 to your vet about the foods your dog should eat. If this is the first episode, a low-fat diet will be recommended for about a week. If this has happened several times, then it's recommended that your dog eat this way for life.

SOURCES:

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation: "Pancreatitis."

News release, Colorado State University.

MedlinePlus: "Abscess," "Pancreatic Diseases."

The Merck Manual Veterinary Edition: "Pancreatitis in Small Animals."

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners."

Jan Suchodolski, med.vet., Dr. med.vet, PhD, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: "Pancreatitis Information" and "Pancreatic Lipase Immunoreactivity (PLI)."

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: Your Dog: "Big Steak Dinner."

Craig B. Webb, PhD, DVM, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation: "Pancreatitis."

News release, Colorado State University.

MedlinePlus: "Abscess," "Pancreatic Diseases."

The Merck Manual Veterinary Edition: "Pancreatitis in Small Animals."

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners."

Jan Suchodolski, med.vet., Dr. med.vet, PhD, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: "Pancreatitis Information" and "Pancreatic Lipase Immunoreactivity (PLI)."

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: Your Dog: "Big Steak Dinner."

Craig B. Webb, PhD, DVM, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 21, 2019

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