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Pancreatitis in Havanese

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Hope someone on this forum can help or stear me iin the right direction.  I have a 12 lb Havanese who is 9 yrs old.On wed night I brought him home a can of Newman's organic chicken formula.  I added a small amount of this to his dry dog food. Usually I feed him chicken (only dry meat along w some carb like brown rice,cooked potato, and some veg).  I  cook and eat very healthfully.  Buy almost no processed. I do buy the occassional canned dog food which is usualy spots stew from WF.  So anyways that night we night I added some to my dogs dry food (lotus chicken formula) and about 2 hrs later I hear his stomach gurgling, seems uncomfortable,etc etc.  An hour later he vomited his food.   Then he did not move from his bed til the morning when we took him out,  Had to lift him out of bed. He came in drank lots of water.  I went to work.  A few hrs later I came home to check on him and he had vomited all over the floor in numerous spots.  He was shivering and looked awful.  I took him to the emerg vet.  I thought maybe someone had sprayed pesticides on their lawn and somehow got on my dog.   Often they do no put out signs which makes me furious!!  I told the vet and he said his vitals were fine.  He could do IV and admit him for $1000 plus other blood tests.   Plus anti vomiting etc.  Said he was not dehydrated.My dog at that point seemed ok so I said let me see if he continues vomiting and I will bring him back if needed.  No vomiting did occur but he was lethargic and had periods of shaking. As instructed by the vet I started giving him water at around 9pm.  Did this w a syringe.  I added some coconut water for electrolytes.  Within an hour or so he stopped shaking and seemed a little better.  Still just laying in his bed.  Gave him fluid til midnight and got up 6am to give more. This went until noon and then I called my vet.  Went in he did xrays,bloodwork and fluids.  Said his white bloodcount was up,slight fever and xrays showed his stomach was inflamed.  He also gave him pain meds and and antibiotic injection.  An hour later he looked like he was almost like nothing happened. Next morning he did not want to move so I gave some water and pain meds.  THen antibiotic a little later.  An hour later he was better walking around.  So from what I rememeber the vet said to keep giving him the pain meds.  I can understand the antibiotocs but why the pain meds if he has no pain? maybe for inflammation?  Yesterday, I did a ton of research and food is a huge issue.  My vet mentioned nothing about diet. I had to call back to see what I should feed him.

I read about pet foods having no enzymes and that supplementation is crucial.  I ordered some already.  THen I read about Metrodazale that someone said it almost killed their dog and this is what the Dr prescribed.  If money was no object I would go to a holistic vet and get more advice.  Seek out the root of the problem.  I read pancreatitis can be caused by diet,stres,medications and even pesticides.  I spent $500 that I do not have.  Also, some of my dogs teeth are not in great shape and I often wonder if he is not chewing his food properly.  Could this not impact the problem as well?? Teeth cleaning here is $400 and up.  I don't think brushing can help at this point.  I have fed him raw dried for years and tried the frozen but came back to the dried kibble food (Lotus brand) w some homemade added.  Also ,about 45 days ago I took him to the vet b/c he was shaking,acting strange and going down in like a prayer position arching his back.  Weird he had not vomiting or anything.  Vet did xray said it was pain prob due to a disc.  Took him home and was totally normal until last week w this episode.  Last time vet gave me pain meds but I did not even open them b/c he had no pain after that.  I think maybe the last episode was a very mild pancreatitic attack but vet did not when I asked him. Hunching back is a sign of pancreatitus   Anyone have experience with this??

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I wanted to mention that for a while I have noticed his stomach making lound gurgling noises and thought maybe it had to do with improper chewing.   Looked online and kinda dismissed it b/c so many people had digs w same problem.  I think the teeth may be an issue and I did see some info on the link between periodontal disease and pancreatitis in a link.

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