Gloria Atwater Posted July 16, 2015 Report Share Posted July 16, 2015 Greetings all ~Well, I've found a new doggie ill, this time in my Aussie, Ash. She recently had an acute attack of what turned out to be pancreatitis. Ghastly poops, hunched up with abdominal pain, retching up bile, the works. All coming on at once. Thankfully I was able to get her into the vet the next day and she is well on the road to recovery. But this is one ailment I've never run into before I'm not at all sure what caused it. Ash is a 5 year old spayed female and always a bit heavier than my border collies, but she's not fat and we only rarely give them "naughty" treats like leftover steak or hotdog bits. She's moderately active, plays hard when she plays, works hard when she works, acts like a couch potato the rest of the time. Their food has not changed - Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream - and though they get a dollop of canned food on their kibble for each meal, or sometimes soft-scrambled egg, we've added nothing new to her diet.We did give the dogs some lean diced steak after a dinner out a couple nights before, so maybe that was trigger enough? But they've all had leftover steak bits before, so I dunno. The one thing she DOES get into fairly often is chicken poop and sometimes cat poop. (Because the bad kitties poo outside around the property.) All of which is to say that simply living on two rural acres with chickens and cats - as well as wild rabbits and rodents - may be enough to cause the attack.But my question now is ... what now? She's on her 5th day of rice and white chicken meat, supplemented now with probiotics and a teaspoon of yogurt, and we're feeding her 3 small meals a day. Her appetite is good, her energy level is back to normal and she's again acting like her old silly self, though her poops are still a just bit gooey-looking. The vet said to go at least 5 or 6 days on the very bland diet, which I'm happy to do, but seriously - what now?Has anyone here dealt with this before? Ash has always seemed to have a bit of a sensitive stomach, occasional loose poops, but until now (at 5 years old) she's never had any kind of upset like this. It was very painful and very scary for us all. So, I'd be interested in hearing from anyone with experience dealing with pancreatitis, because I would hate to see her ever suffer this again! But she also can't spend the rest of her life on chicken and rice....Ideas? Suggestions? Advice? Product testimonials? (Just a note: feeding raw is something we're not prepared to embark on, so outside that ...)~ Gloria Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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