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Recently, I have received questions on pancreatitis and gastritis in dogs and how to treat these conditions through diet. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas and requires a low-fat diet during the time the pancreas is inflamed. A common misconception about pancreatitis is that protein can be harmful. However, protein is not the issue in pancreatitis, it is the fat content of the diet.
The only food formulas within our line that are suitable for dogs suffering with pancreatitis would be the Precise Light Formula, containing 7% fat, or the Precise Senior Formula, containing 10% fat. Unless the pancreatitis is a chronic condition, I would not suggest the Precise Light Formula be used for more than a month or two because the lack of fat within any formula can cause the dog to shed and have itchy skin. Once the pancreas is no longer inflamed but you still want to be cautious about fat content, the ideal situation is to use the Precise Holistic Complete Senior Formula which is 25% protein with 10% fat. It’s low enough to be gentle on the body, yet the coat does not suffer.
When dogs are affected by gastritis, the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen. Gastritis can be treated through a more gentle diet and additional Probiotics (such as BakPacPlus). I would recommend the Precise Sensicare Lamb and Rice Formula, dry and/or canned food that provides a balance of natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The Sensicare Formula is easier to digest because it is a single source of protein, and lamb is easy in the digestive tract.
Also, keep in mind that if a dog is suffering from either pancreatitis or gastritis and being fed a low-quality grocery store level diet, then simply moving to a quality Precise food can help solve the problem. One example would be the Precise Wild at Heart lineup, Duck/Turkey or Salmon, which would be an excellent option for the dog.
If you are unsure on whether your dog is suffering from a chronic condition or a possible food allergy, visit http://nutriscan.org/ to learn about an at-home saliva allergy test available through Hemopet at a much more reasonable cost and with more accuracy than most allergy tests.