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  1. dar

    Boy o boy…Your dogs have guardian angels , Ms Amy…My Osteopath paid the vet $7k to treat her 13yr turkey-gobbling pooch…it was touch&go all the way for a whole week, but he’s still wagging…No more turkey, EVER, sayeth my Doc! Cheers
    Love Your Pets, Just Don’t Feed Them Turkey
    Refrain from giving any part of that beautiful bird to your cat or dog. …
    twhen pets eat high-fat foods,
    it triggers the pancreas to produce and release a large …
    Good Diet and Advice for Dogs with Pancreatitis


    A diagnosis of pancreatitis is based on several factors. First, your Vet will want to take your dog’s history and do a physical examination. Procedures for diagnosing pancreatitis commonly include blood work (such as a Complete Blood Count or “CBC”), serum chemistry to measure elevations in the pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase), and a urinalysis. X-rays or ultrasound of the abdomen may also be done to check the dog’s internal organs, as well as to check the pancreas for inflammation, abscesses, tumors or other disorders.

    Diagnostic blood tests a Vet may conduct include a “cPL test”, which is a specific test for diagnosis of pancreatitis. Other tests used include a trypsin-like-immunoreactivity assay (TLI assay), and an ELISA test for trypsinogen activation peptide (also known as a “TAP” test). A TAP test is done to evaluate the levels of trypsin in the blood. These blood tests apply more specifically to pancreatic function than tests for amylase and lipase.

    Pancreatitis treatment usually requires hospitalization at the Vet’s office or animal hospital for 3-4 days or more. While in the animal hospital, fluids and nutrients are given intravenously (also known as an “I.V.”) In order to give the pancreas time to “rest” and heal, food, water and oral medications are not given during this time. In addition, pain medications and antibiotics may be given as well.

    Additionally, W. Jean Dodds, DVM, provides the following information regarding blood transfusions in treatment of pancreatitis:

    “Pancreatitis can be helped to ‘cool down’ with transfusion of fresh-frozen plasma (3-5 cc per pound given once or twice daily). A Vet should consider giving plasma as often as is needed to neutralize the excessive trypsin released by the inflamed pancreas. They can even put the plasma directly into the peritoneal cavity to “bathe” the inflamed area to effectively neutralize any trypsin enzyme that has leaked out of the damaged pancreas and is “autodigesting” the tissues it contacts. If this blood product is not readily available where you are, please call my staff at Hemopet and say it’s an emergency need. Fresh-frozen plasma contains alpha-1 anti-trypsin to neutralize the trypsin produced and released by the pancreas, but in the case of pancreatitis, it is released into the surrounding abdominal tissues causing them to be autodigested.”


    • Amy Vansant

      Luckily he had no turkey, just drippings. AND he’s such a wimp, I’m sure his strong willed cousin boxed him out and he barely got any anyway! He’s very beta dog! Won’t even try for it if another dog implies THEY get something.


  2. Cynthia Powers

    Yikes! I can just picture it. Doggies will eat whatever’s bad for them, won’t they. Amy, you know those drippings should have made gravy, LOL.