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Old July 4th 03, 03:52 AM
Carlshead
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Hello,
We have a 5 year old standard male Dachshund, large for the breed, about 23
lbs and until recently healthy. We live in the sub-tropical climate of
Houston, Texas and our dog is on Sentinel for heartworms and our ubiquitous
fleas. He as been fed a U.S. brand of veterinary supplied dog food called
IVD, Venison and Potato, since he was a puppy due to a skin allergy linked
to regular "dog" food.

He has had two severe outbreaks of pancreatitis in the past few months.
Fortunately, his liver enzymes and such have returned to normal after
treatment with antibiotics and brief hospitalization. We really like our
veterinary office, but they cannot give us a cause for the outbreaks. They
assume it is due to "treats" of people food, like beef or chicken scraps. I
admit to previously giving him very small pieces of lean table scraps a
couple of times a week, I find it hard to believe that a carnivore would
have this reaction. His second attack occurred weeks after we were too
scared to give him any table scraps or "people" food of any type.

Both pancreatitis attacks developed symptoms very suddenly (from a seemingly
happy dog to vomiting and pain in less than an hour). I have always been
very careful about chemicals and fertilizers in the lawn and garden. He is
very attached to his people so we are typically with him on his outside
visits except in the early morning. Around the house, he spends 90% of the
time in our laps or at our feet.

Hoping someone has some insights.
Carl


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Old July 4th 03, 06:14 AM
GAUBSTER2
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He as been fed a U.S. brand of veterinary supplied dog food called
IVD, Venison and Potato, since he was a puppy due to a skin allergy linked
to regular "dog" food.


Puppies are very seldom diagnosed w/ actual allergies. What specifically is he
"allergic" to? Perhaps a better food, more suited to pancreatitis would help.

We really like our
veterinary office, but they cannot give us a cause for the outbreaks. They
assume it is due to "treats" of people food, like beef or chicken scraps. I
admit to previously giving him very small pieces of lean table scraps a
couple of times a week, I find it hard to believe that a carnivore would
have this reaction.


Dogs are omnivores, like humans. Cats are actually carnivores--they have to
have meat.


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Old July 4th 03, 06:17 PM
Jo Wolf
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I have been through pancreatitis with two of my dogs. Both dogs
developed the disease after "dietary indiscretion" grin. One dog
never had a repeat problem... even with a few dietary zig-zags. The
other had additional episodes, without clearly identifiable triggers,
and succumbed to the effects of the disease at age 14 1/2 when we could
not get the last episode under control. The first episode for each of
these guys was at around 5-6 years of age, but that is coincedental.

I do suggest that now is the time for a consultation with an internal
medicine specialist. Ask you vet for a referral. I have lived in both
Texas and Oklahoma in the past, and have Utmost respect for and trust in
the experts at the A&M vet school. It is likely that, if there is a vet
internal med specialist nearer to you, s/he was trained at A&M....

Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia

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Old July 5th 03, 03:02 AM
Edgar S.
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"Carlshead" wrote in message ...
Hello,
We have a 5 year old standard male Dachshund, large for the breed, about 23
lbs and until recently healthy. We live in the sub-tropical climate of
Houston, Texas and our dog is on Sentinel for heartworms and our ubiquitous
fleas. He as been fed a U.S. brand of veterinary supplied dog food called
IVD, Venison and Potato, since he was a puppy due to a skin allergy linked
to regular "dog" food.

He has had two severe outbreaks of pancreatitis in the past few months.
Fortunately, his liver enzymes and such have returned to normal after
treatment with antibiotics and brief hospitalization. We really like our
veterinary office, but they cannot give us a cause for the outbreaks.


Dachunds are genetically prone to p;ancreatitis. People ask me what to
feed their dogs. I normally advocate meat, the dog's natural food.
However, my first question is always if the dog is a Dachund. If so, I
NEVER advise them myself about feeding their dog.



They
assume it is due to "treats" of people food, like beef or chicken scraps. I
admit to previously giving him very small pieces of lean table scraps a
couple of times a week, I find it hard to believe that a carnivore would
have this reaction. His second attack occurred weeks after we were too
scared to give him any table scraps or "people" food of any type.

Both pancreatitis attacks developed symptoms very suddenly (from a seemingly
happy dog to vomiting and pain in less than an hour). I have always been
very careful about chemicals and fertilizers in the lawn and garden. He is
very attached to his people so we are typically with him on his outside
visits except in the early morning. Around the house, he spends 90% of the
time in our laps or at our feet.

Hoping someone has some insights.
Carl

 




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