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Once your dog has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, it is time to seek treatment. Treatment for pancreatitis in dogs is extremely important because if left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications and even recurring pancreatitis. Your veterinarian will perform a series of tests to properly diagnose pancreatitis and prescribe the correct treatment for your dog.
There are no vaccinations or direct medical treatments available for pancreatitis. Pancreatitis in dogs treatment uses supportive medication, which means that it supports the immune system, eases pain and discomfort, keeps the dog hydrated and fends off secondary illnesses and infection while the pancreas can heal. There are a few different types of pancreatitis in dogs treatment.
Dog Pancreatitis Treatment
Treatment for pancreatitis in dogs is supportive, meaning there are medicines that can be given to help pancreatitis heal on its own. There are a number of ways you can aid in your dog’s recovery for pancreatitis. First of all, because the pancreas digests enzymes, it is important to stop giving your dog food, medication or water orally for the first 2-6 days.
Your dog will likely receive nutrients and essential fluids through an IV source. This may include:
- Anti-nausea medication
- Pain medication
- Electrolyte fluids
The most important part in dog pancreatitis treatment is to rest the pancreas to allow the swelling to go down and heal itself. In more serious events where the pancreas is not healing on its own with supportive medication, medical assistance may be required. This means that surgery may be required to drain the infected pancreas of your dog. Not only that, but your veterinarian may explore different reasons that your dog’s pancreas may not be healing and aim at curing this cause. In very serious cases, blood transfusions may be required as well.
Once your dog has stopped vomiting and diarrhea has subsided, your veterinarian will likely allow some food to be given orally. Usually diets are very strict after pancreatitis has been diagnosed, in order to avoid pancreatitis from recurring. These diets include low fat, low protein, low dairy and high fiber.
Dogs who have recurring or chronic pancreatitis will need to stick to their strict diet for the rest of their lives. There are also supplementations that may be given to slow the production of enzymes. Insulin doses may also need to be given, especially if the dog is overweight. There are also additional supplements to boost the immune system.
Colitis in Dogs Treatment
Treatment for colitis in dogs is taken very seriously if it is a chronic case. Usually, colitis can clear on its own without the use of medication. However, there are strict diets and proper procedures that need to be followed to ensure your dog recovers properly.
In the event that colitis is more serious, your dog will require a few different medications and supplements to properly heal. When your dog is brought to the vet for treatment, he will likely receive a biopsy or an X-ray to rule out the possibility of worms and other blockages. A fecal floatation may be performed to check for worm and parasite eggs as well. Once worms and parasites have been ruled out, the feces will be tested to determine the cause of colitis. Some colitis in dogs treatments include:
- Deworming medication in the case of worms
- Anti-parasitic medications in the case of other parasites
- Steroid injections to reduce inflammation in the colon
- Probiotics to replenish the stomach and colon with good bacteria that may have been flushed out. Probiotics will also help break down any solid foods for easier digestion
- A change in diet may be required to avoid another case of colitis. This means no table scraps, fatty foods and a possible switch to hypoallergenic food in the event that your dog has colitis caused by a food allergy
- Antibiotics may also be given to fend of secondary infections
- Anti-nausea medications may be given to ease vomiting and diarrhea
- An IV with electrolytes may be given to replenish hydration