It's dogmom120 again. She is also not drinking a lot so I've been mixing her food with water just to keep her hydrated. I had her in at the vet yesterday and she said she was perhaps mildly dehydrated and she gave her subcutaneous fluid, which was absorbed very quickly. I have been trying to squirt water into her mouth as well but she is no longer impressed with this and is starting to fight it. I know an increase in fluid would help her constipation. Thanks again.
Yes, it could be that the reason why she is constipated is because she is not getting enough water. Since she is eating, maybe you could feed her with canned food for a while. Canned food has quite a bit of water in it. You mention that she is on a special prescription diet, but not if it is dry or canned. If it is canned, that might be part of the reason why she is not drinking much, but if the subQ fluid soaked in really fast, then that does sound like she is dehydrated.
Some dogs will lick popsicles. Some dogs will drink pedialyte or gatorade. Most dogs will drink canned, diluted, beef or chicken broth or a weak broth made from bouillon cubes. You need to be careful about using these types of broth, because you don't want to give her too much salt and inadvertantly make the dehydration worse. Maybe just try a splash of the broth in her water bowl. Use the least amount that is enough to tempt her to drink.
You will have to ask the vet about all of these ideas, as well as about the pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is a great home remedy, under many circumstances. I just don't know anything about pancreatitis in particular, and so I don't know if there is anything about pumpkin that could aggravate her condition.
Unfortunately, the dog sounds very seriously ill, and if she were mine I would be ready to try any type of palliation that the vet did not regard as dangerous. I'm just loathe to tell you that any of these ideas won't hurt a dog with pancreatitis, because I don't know.
Maybe one of this site's veterinarian's will respond after while, or maybe you can get a local on-call vet on the phone. In my area, none of the vets take their own after-hours phone calls. They defer to the two emergency clinics that are in operation in this county. But the emergency clinic staff is good about answering short phone questions like this on the weekends or at night.
I'm sorry for the situation.
When I suggested trying a splash of broth in her water bowl, I meant trying a splash of broth in a bowl of water, not a splash of broth in the empty water bowl. Again, check it out with your vet to see if he or she thinks your dog can tolerate the salt that is in that type of broth. Even the reduced-salt canned broth has quite a bit of salt in it. But if you dilute the broth in water, that cuts the salt way down.
Also, I didn't mean to suggest changing the food that your vet prescribed, just that if it comes in a canned form, the canned food has more water in it than dry food does.
My schnauzer has pancreatitis. She's the second one I've had with pancreatitis. My first one lived with it for 9 years. The pancreas actually acts as if it's digesting itself. That causes horrible pain that radiates to the back and down the leg. A good thing to feed is boiled chicken breast and boiled white rice in the chicken broth water. Pedialyte popsicles are good to give them. I'm also a retired nurse. My first baby to have it ended up diabetic blind having to remove eyes due to pressure build up from glaucoma making her eyes bleed. She was first diagnosed at age 3 with chronic pancreatitis. She lived to age 12. She was my baby angel. It is also good to find a good natural product to supplement with that has dehydrated bovine pancreas in it. Standard process is the best brand. Chiropractors can order standard process supplements. If your dog had it 6 years before diagnosed there is probably already damage to the liver and kidneys. And I would watch for blindness and diabetes. I had to give my angel insulin shots. When she lost her eyes I carried her everywhere. She became incontinent and had to wear diapers. Now my 5 year old schnauzer had her first attack of pancreatitis. Standard treatment is to withhold food for 72 hours. Drink small amounts of water. Then on day 3 give 1 tablespoon of either special canned diet ID formula or the boiled chicken and rice. Continue 1 tablespoon a day for 3 days. Then re check with vet. Keep on special pancreas diet for life. No fat foods..no snacks like popcorn etc. Only dog food that is low in fat. It can be a long hard road with a dog with pancreatitis. I know. I've been there and now going thru it again. But they depend on us to take care of them so you must be very diligent and dedicated to them. They love us unconditionally so they deserve our unconditional love and care in return. Best luck to you on this journey. It can be a very emotional journey. God bless your little fur baby and heal him.