Did you know that the dog food you use may have a lot to do with pancreatitis ?

September 12, 2017 at 9:16 am
Did you know that the dog food you use may have a lot to do with pancreatitis ?

After having received a LOT of enquiries from dog owners with dogs diagnosed with pancreatitis I thought I would research this terrible disease to provide the best healthy dog treat options they could find.
It turns out that while all breeds, and dogs of all ages can get it, there are some breeds that seem to get it more than others. These are: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels Dachshunds, Briard, Shetland Sheepdog, Miniature Poodle, German Shepherd Dog, terriers (Yorkies and Silkies).

However further research shows that pancreatitis is turning up far more frequently than expected when researches start doing random sample searches across dog populations. And there still is not consensus on the real cause of pancreatitis. Don’t you find that strange?

What is dog pancreatitis? The pancreas is an elongated gland located near a dog’s stomach. The exocrine part of the pancreas produces enzymes that aid the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. When this gland becomes inflamed and is unable to produce the enzymes to aid digestion it became very painful to the dog, can cause vomiting and listlessness and even death. Short term acute pancreatitis is usually much more dramatic than long term chronic pancreatitis.

Why people ask me about dog treats for pancreatitis?

Because dogs with pre pancreatitis or diagnosed pancreatitis require a low fat diet. We have put together sample packs of longer chew dog treats (mostly kangaroo and fish) that these kinds of dogs can eat. But still it makes us wonder why there is this seeming surge in diagnosis?
If it is to do with dog food and their diet, it might be related to a relatively rarely diagnoised ” Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP)”. Here are three reasons why we believe that AIP might be associated with excess grains and carbs in dog’s diets. Noting that 97% of dogs are on commercial dog food (grain) diets.
Why carbs (grain) mightn’t be the best thing for your dog

One vet believes that food allergies could be a cause of chronic pancreatitis and that IBD (caused by allergies or intolerance) to a species inappropriate (carnivore dog) grain diet could possibly be both a cause and an effect of AIP pancreatitis. Another vet proposes that it is the massive processing and sterilisation of grains to make them palatable to dogs that has caused the ‘food’ to have no natural enzymes which are vital for processing food in a dogs gut.

The high heat treatment of grains in dog food basically kills the digestion enzymes: amylase, lipase and protease that occur in raw meats (a dog’s natural diet) and this causes the pancreas to work overtime in secreting (missing) enzymes to try and digest the grain heavy foods. It is the overworking of the gland that might possibly be leading to the increase in diagnosis of pancreatitis.

The third reason grain (usually about 70% of dog food) might be the culprit is that like the spike in human celiac disease, some people theorise that celiac disease could be caused by an increase in gluten in wheat (man purposely bred high gluten strains) to assist baking. If tripling the gluten in the human food grain (wheat and a few other grains) causes celiac disease, why wouldn’t it cause similar diseases and related diseases like pancreatitis in dogs?

NOTE, dogs evolved from wolves only 20,000 years ago and have gone from a 95% meat based diet (they caught) to a 70% grain diet (humans feed them – so the dog food companies can save money).
A couple of things about these ‘ theories’. No- one connected with the dog industry and super rich dog food companies can afford to look into grains being an issue. If they could just ban a couple of grains and get away with it, maybe they might acquiesce, but its something nobody making money out of grains wants to discuss. What if all grain was banned?! Unthinkable.
IF everyone switched from grain or veggie dog food to meat based dog food, meat prices around the world would sky rocket. That is until they do large scale artificial meat grown products (in the lab/ factory). But this lack of natural product would probably present further diseases down the track – because of its artificial nature and sanitised version that cant include all of the natural chemicals in the right proportion that meat naturally includes. Once your dog is diagnosed with any form of pancreatitis, it is likely to have it for life, so proving the connection between non meat products and pancreatitis is a mute result for those who have dogs suffering the disease.

What can you do about preventing AIP pancreatitis?

Considering that these things are just a theory, not a lot. But keeping your dog regularly exercised and at an ideal weight, plus on a meat based diet might be a start.
If any of the reasons above suggest to you that grain mightn’t be ideal for a carnivore domestic dog species are anywhere near true, surely it wouldn’t hurt to give your dog just a little more meat in its diet. Say even a MAJORITY share ? Is that thinkable?

BIO: Bruce Dwyer researches and sources healthy meat based dog treats in Australia for his own dog Archie and others. His company ‘Healthy Dog Treats’ has been in business since 2011 and was based on finding the best dog food natural supplement nutrition for his own dog (Archie the 9 year old spoodle). Archie not only approves of the selections but is featured on many videos on site trialling these ‘treats’. Understanding that people also enjoy dog treat news and free dog treat coupons he has a weekly email newsletter that can be subscribed on his site. Bruce is also a Professional dog walker and besides his regular blog on his main website his daily dog walk adventure images and videos and dog treat news can be found on these places:
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