What is pancreatitis?
The pancreas is an organ in the abdomen (tummy) which is responsible for releasing enzymes (types of proteins) to digest food. The pancreas also releases important hormones (such as insulin) into the bloodstream. Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed (tender and swollen). In most cases pancreatitis occurs for no apparent underlying reason, although sometimes it can have a particular cause (such as scavenging food). It most commonly affects middle aged to older dogs, but in addition, dogs of certain breeds (e.g. Cocker Spaniels and Terrier breeds) are more prone to developing the condition.
Symptoms of pancreatitis
Symptoms can range from relatively mild signs (e.g. a reduced appetite) to very severe illness (e.g. multiple organ failure). The most common symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain (highlighted by restlessness and discomfort) and diarrhoea
If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, please speak to a professional vet
Slurps and pancreatitis
We’ve been contacted by a number of owners asking if their dogs can have Slurps if they suffer from pancreatitis. Many have told us that their dogs need to have a low fat diet (less then 6%) and want to know the fat content of Slurps (2.15% from the fish oils).
These owners are interested in Slurps because their dogs are on restricted diets and the dog is showing boredom with the food. They pour Slurps over the food to make it more tasty and interesting and keep their dog happy and healthy.