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Monday Mischief: Treating Pancreatitis

25 Sep

It all started 2 weeks ago Wednesday night with Louise throwing up, twice. Then the smelly gas started. It was so bad all night that I had to move her to another room. Louise rarely throws up. Her tummy was grumbling and making weird noises, which it does sometimes with her colitis. But this was different. She was refusing to eat, which she just doesn’t do. She was mopey and blue. I made her favorite chicken and rice. No luck. The other dogs were sniffing her behind a lot, which they do when her Perianal Fistula Disease is acting up.

When she refused her breakfast Saturday morning, I called my usual vet. But it was Saturday morning and he was packed, so he said to go to the emergency vet. Before doing that, I called the cats vet (it’s a long story why I have 2 different vets) and luckily they were able to fit her in.

After waiting almost 2 hours (Louise was a doll, as usual), they did blood work and gave her fluids and some other stuff. They put her on Metronidazole (Flagyl), which is really hard on the system. She was not herself.

On Tuesday the vet called (while I was in the middle of grocery shopping, so you know I only heard half of what she said). She is a new vet to the practice, I had not met her before, and she is really nice and spent a lot of time explaining her diagnosis to me (while my ice cream was melting). She ran this special blood test (SPEC cPL) that showed significant pancreatic inflammation (high normal is 200 ug/L and Louise is 1,369). All the other blood work was normal. The Vet added Clavamox (Oh My Dog that is expensive) and some Spleen Support Formula on top of the Metronidazole.

In the last 2 weeks, I have researched the heck out of Pancreatitis in dogs. High-fat diets are one of the main things that they blame pancreatitis on. Since Louise has been on Z/D ultra (19% protein/14% fat) exclusively for years and never gets table scraps or garbage, it is hard for me to believe this is diet based. Certain conditions may predispose dogs to pancreatitis and I am thinking that it is just a mix of genetics and her other health issues.

Getting 5 pills into Louise at every meal has been a challenge. When she first got sick I ground them with some white meat chicken and wet food in the blender. I usually use Peanut Butter to give the dogs pills, but that is off limits because of the fat issue. After a few meals Louise started to refuse the mash. So now I wrap each pill in some cooked chicken breast and gooble gooble gooble. She is happy to eat again. Louise loves chicken.

We go back to the vet today to redo the test, so hopefully this bout has passed.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2017 in Dogs

 

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11 responses to “Monday Mischief: Treating Pancreatitis

  1. easyweimaraner

    September 25, 2017 at 01:37

    I hope you will get good news from your vet … all paws are crossed and we send a big hug to Louise…. and lots of POTP

     
    • dogdaz

      September 25, 2017 at 07:00

      Thanks very much. We’ll let you know in a couple of days.

       
  2. angelswhisper2011

    September 25, 2017 at 03:41

    OMC…poor Louise… Will send Healing Pawkisses right away and purray that she feels better soon ❤ ❤ ❤

     
    • dogdaz

      September 25, 2017 at 07:01

      Thanks. The name of the vet is ‘healing paws.’ 😘

       
  3. Genevieve Petrillo

    September 25, 2017 at 06:28

    Poor Lu! And poor you! Mom and I said prayers for better pancreas numbers today. We know our girl will do well. Good luck Sweetie!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

     
    • dogdaz

      September 25, 2017 at 07:03

      Thank you. Paws crossed that it is only temporary.

       
  4. pibblelife

    September 25, 2017 at 11:35

    Oh no!!! Louise I hope you’re feeling better!! We are sending you lots of love and healing vibes! My furbrother Keiko got pancreatitis twice in the past. We have to watch how many treats he gets to make sure it doesn’t happen again!

     
    • dogdaz

      September 25, 2017 at 20:10

      Thanks. No treats for me but I get cooked chicken.

       
      • pibblelife

        September 26, 2017 at 11:34

        Cooked chicken sounds delicious!

         
  5. The Island Cats

    September 25, 2017 at 15:36

    Oh no, poor Louise. Wally has pancreatitis and treating it in cats is different than dogs. Diet really isn’t an issue for cats. We hope Louise is better soon.

     
    • dogdaz

      September 25, 2017 at 20:11

      It isn’t good cat or dog. More news from the doctor soon.

       

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