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Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats / Canine Pancreatitis / Feline Pancreatitis

 
Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats / Canine Pancreatitis / Feline Pancreatitis
Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms and causes related to pancreatitis in dogs and cats.
Pancreatitis in dogs and cats Natura Petz Organics pancreatitis dog supplement

The liver is a complex organ that interacts with most organs and tissues in the body, including the intestinal tract, cardiovascular system, kidneys, and autonomic nervous system. Nutritional support for the liver must address these body systems as well as support liver metabolism, the pancreas and pancreatic function, hepatic (liver) circulation, bile production and flow, and hepatic immune function. 

The pancreas is a glandular organ located just under the stomach and duodenum in cats and dogs. It is tasked with two significant roles; first, it produces digestive enzymes necessary to break down and utilize certain foods; second, it produces hormones such as insulin, which are required for the metabolism of sugar and amino acids. If either of these critical tasks are interrupted or fail to operate correctly, serious health problems can present in dogs and cats.

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that can either occur suddenly (acute) or over time (chronic.) When enzymes become activated within the pancreas, they begin digesting the actual glandular tissue, creating inflammation and the condition known as pancreatitis.

In severe cases, pancreatitis can lead to permanent changes in the pancreas and set up long-term complications such as recurrent chronic pancreatitis and diabetes. Pancreatitis requires veterinary care. The symptoms of pancreatitis vary greatly and can include subtle signs of digestive upset to severe pain where your pet actually collapses.

Chronic pancreatitis is more common to cats, is usually more difficult to recognize and symptoms may come and go, referred to as episodic pancreatitis. Pancreatic conditions can include pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and diabetes. If you suspect that your pet may have a pancreatic condition, please visit your vet immediately.

The pancreas is divided into two portions-exocrine and endocrine. Pancreatic exocrine function secretes acid-neutralizing bicarbonate and digestive enzymes. The endocrine pancreas supplies hormones that circulate throughout the body and help control metabolism. The pancreas is also charged with producing digestive juices and enzymes to help digest fats and proteins and with producing insulin, a critical hormone, plus many other bodily operations.

Common symptoms of pancreatitis include:

vomiting

diarrhea

lack of appetite

abdominal pain

excessive thirst

dehydration

fever

depression

lethargy

weakness

weight loss

Diabetes often follows pancreatitis. Diabetes is a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone called insulin. In many cases the cause of the pancreatitis remains unknown or idiopathic.

Known risk factors include:

obesity

diabetes

hyperlipidemia (elevated fat levels within the blood)

a high fat diet or high fat meal which can trigger hyperlipidemia

contaminated food or water

toxicity build up (from processed, commercial dry food, unfiltered water, pesticides, house-hold products such as room deodorizers and scented dryer sheets, annual vaccinations, flea, tick and heart worm medications, and other synthetic medications such as antibiotics)

Cushing’s disease

kidney disease

trauma to the pancreas or abdomen

obstruction of the pancreatic duct 

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

While veterinary care is necessary to treat pancreatitis, herbal remedies have been shown to be successful in both prevention and management of pancreatic conditions, including pancreatitis and diabetes by supporting pancreatic health and digestive function, for nutritionally supporting the condition of pancreatitis by delivering vital nutrients to tissues and organs, to help maintain blood sugar levels and normal insulin levels, to help maintain eye health, to help prevent nerve and tissue damage often associated with the condition, for its tonic properties for the liver, pancreas and gallbladder, to clear toxins and boost immunity to help limit disease recurrence or progression. 

DIA-BEAT-IT! (learn more) is used holistically for its critical nutrient content, including inulin, oligofructanes (FOS), vitamins including B complex, trace minerals, digestive enzymes & proteins to promote pancreatic health; to help produce adequate insulin & to improve insulin utilization; to support normal blood sugar levels; to help combat Diabetes I & Diabetes II; to limit and help repair neuropathy; to reduce glucose levels in the blood; to improve the glycemic index and to reduce insulin resistance; for hypoglycemia; to support normal blood sugar levels; to promote cardiovascular health by reducing the risk of arteriosclerosis & atherosclerosis related to insulin resistance & to reduce the risk of osteoporosis by improving calcium absorption. 

ECOSULIN MEAL TOPPER – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of adpaptogenic and tonic herbs and plant extracts which areused holistically for its nutritional content, containing prebiotic inulin, oligofructanes (FOS), and probiotics Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium PLUS vitamins including B complex, antioxidants, trace minerals & digestive enzymes, which may help protect liver and pancreatic health and use as a complementary therapy; may help break down food in the intestines to help support pancreatic health; may help promote digestive function and balance; may help support healthy insulin and blood glucose levels; may help cleanse the blood; may help nourish critical tissues, including the kidneys, eyes and nervous system tissues; may help promote fat metabolism and healthy cholesterol; may help support healthy insulin levels. Not a cure for diabetes or pancreatitis.

I’m Allergic to Needles – (learn more) is used for proper pancreatic support, health and function, charged with producing proper insulin levels, for all types of diabetes I and II, to reduce glucose levels in blood and for insulin resistance, to improve the glycemic index in pets with diabetes, to regulate metabolic stress, and maintain proper liver metabolism, circulation, bile production and flow, for hepatic (liver) immune function, useful in regulating excess weight and fatty deposits and may help regenerate liver and pancreas cells and detoxify the liver and pancreas. 

Hepa Protect – (learn more) helps support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, helps rehabilitate and repair the performance and health of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, helps rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; helps tone and balance the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder; helps normalize liver enzyme levels; helps regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels, to nutritionally address all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; helps reduce uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia and ehrlichiosis.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) helps to support and nourish the endocrine system; helps support adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, may lend support to the pancreas in cases of dysfunction; for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Other suggestions:

Feed a premiere, holistic diet at the same time each day (at least twice) or smaller amounts at multiple intervals. Many pets have timed feedings according to their insulin shots so ask your veterinarian to advise what feeding schedule will be most appropriate.

A low-fat, high-fiber diet is usually recommended for the prevention of pancreatitis. If your pet has chronic pancreatitis, a single fatty meal can be enough to trigger an episode.

Female diabetic pets should be spayed as soon as possible to avoid any complications of the insulin reacting with the female hormones secreted by the ovaries.

Take your diabetic pet for regular check-ups and monitor their blood-sugar closely as changes in the condition or the addition of herbs and supplements may require alterations to blood sugar response. 

Regular and constant exercise is important for your diabetic pet. If your pet uses insulin, the amount of insulin may change according to activity levels so consistency is suggested. 

Obesity should always be avoided. 

Stress is a possible cause for pancreatitis so try keeping your pet stress-free. Some pets are simply more anxious than others and may need a little extra reassurance and care, especially during times of change.

Avoid toxins. Your pet’s health may be affected by toxins such as pesticides, medications and house-hold clearers. Limit environmental toxins as much as possible, and when conventional medications are necessary, then consider a detox for your pet.

Conventional Remedies:

Blood tests will pick up any pancreatic enzymes and your vet may also recommend a radiograph to rule out other gastric conditions or diseases.

Treatment of pancreatitis is usually supportive, meaning that there is no medicine that will cure it, but certain measures can be taken to allow the pancreas to heal on its own. As enzymes are produced whenever the stomach receives food or water, your vet will probably suggest that your pet receives no food, water or medication for a period between 2-5 days.

During this time, nutrition and fluid intake will be done intravenously as will any pain or anti-vomiting medication. In some cases antibiotics are also given. Pets that do not show improvement may require surgical exploration of the abdomen. 

 

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