First of all let me say sorry to here of her illness. It is so very hard to see our pets sick. I believe you will know when it is time to end her suffering. She will stop doing her favorite things, sleep more, eat and drink less. You maybe even read it in her eyes. Keep her as warm and comfortable as possible. Take her lead on what she feels up to doing and let her stop whenever she wants to. Give her your time mostly. Fix a nice spot on the floor and lay down with her, pet her, talk soothingly to her and make eye contact. If she is allowed to sleep on your bed you may have to help her up and down. Prepare the bed for accidents or vomitting. Plastic mattress and pillow covers and old bedding. Don't let her run loose outside or she may get confused and get hit or lost. Also there maybe a charity fund for helping with the vet bills or a vet clinic that will give you a break on the cost. Ask your vet or call other vets. Call the humane society for answers. Don't let yourself go under financially and pray that God (if you believe) will take her so you won't have to make the hard desision of euthanizing her. Don't put her on life support to keep her around, that would be selfish. Best of luck to you and comfort for you and your loved one.
My dog just got over a bought with pancreatitis. It hurt her liver and she is on liver pills right now. She is totally back to her old self now though! So it is possible to recover.
Didn't you say your dog is back to her oldself? I don't understand why you would euthanize her if she is. Maybe I miss-read your post.....
Schnauzers, particularly mini-schnauzers, are notorious for pancreatitis. As long as you can get her through acute attacks, you can probably manage the chronic symptoms for a long time. My Aunt had a mini schnauzer that lived to be 19 years old with chronic panc. :-) As for testing, I'd probably just go by how the dog behaves and what symptoms are present. If she looks bad, she probably IS bad. After that, it's a matter of knowing when she needs hospitalization. If she can't keep down water for a couple days, she'll need IV support. Also, this condition is extremely painful, so when an acute attack comes around, she'll need IV pain meds as well.
Six months ago our 13 year old mini schnauzer suffered dreadfully with a severe case of panreatitis and his discomfort and internal bleeding left no option but to put him down (such a terrible term!). He had suffered from pancreatitis for a number of years and received treatment on each occasion but it seemed that with every new attack, his recovery response to treatment diminished.
We are currently contemplating taking on the responsibility of raising another mini to share our home and our emotions and of course we wish to do everything we can to ensure the longest, disease free life possible. One of our efforts will be to feed him /her with a diet that doesn't provide the dog with a high fat content as I believe that this could be the genesis, along with genetics, for the incidence of panreatitis.
I am confused by the large number of dog foods, dry and wet, that are avaialbe for dogs and am not certain as to what % of fat would be considered 'Low'. Also, does high/moderate protein go hand in hand to balance a low fat diet? Are there any specific brands of dog food that are recommended for such a dietary regime?
If anyone can help me, along with any recommended food brands for my mini, I would be greatly appreciative.
Pancreatitis is not a life long diagnosis. We have wonderful success with the canine Pancreatitis patients in our veterinary clinic using a few natural therapies with a home made natural diet.
Take the burden off your dogs pancreas with full spectrum digestive enzymes. Re-balance your dogs digestive system with probiotics.
Consider a bland home made diet such as chicken, rice and peas.
If you would like to follow up on this in detail with me, that would be fine.
Dr Carol Osborne, DVM
Hi, I found your post regarding pancreatitis. My 10 year old has that, cushings, and now kidney failure. I am having trouble coming up with a good diet, it seems that what is good for pancreatitis is bad for kidney's and vice versa. Could you recommend anything? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Paula