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A good site to go to for an “overall” view about Pancreatitis is The Whole Dog Journal:

Canine Pancreatitis – Whole Dog Journal (

To read about Chronic Pancreatitis segueing into EPI … please go to Pancreatitis to EPI page

To understand about testing for Pancreatitis, please go to the TAMU Gastrointestinal Laboratory website:

Posted November 2020:  An EXCELLENT  “ACVN / American College of Veterinary Nutrition Peer Reviewed 2016 read on how to manage Pancreatitis. Thank you Jill for bringing this to our attention!:


  1.  Various recommendations in treating  ACUTE PANCREATITIS in dogs
  2. Recommendations in treating CHRONIC PANCREATITIS in dogs and cats – gives actual food and composition recommendations… VERY USEFUL INFO!


Some additional tidbits that you might want to look into / consider if your dog is struggling with Pancreatitis:


  1. Low-protein diets have also been shown to predispose dogs to pancreatitis, especially when combined with high fat intake. Some prescription diets may be a concern, such as those prescribed to dissolve struvite bladder stones; to prevent calcium oxalate, urate, or cystine stones; and to treat kidney disease; especially for breeds prone to pancreatitis.
  2. Several medications have been associated with pancreatitis, most recently the combination of potassium bromide and phenobarbital used to control epilepsy. This combination has a much higher risk of causing pancreatitis than phenobarbital alone (no studies have been done on the use of potassium bromide by itself).
  3. Many other medications have been linked to pancreatitis, though the relationship is not always clear. These include certain antibiotics (sulfa drugs, tetracycline, metronidazole, nitrofurantoin); chemotherapy agents (azathioprine, L-asparaginase, vinca alkaloids); diuretics (thiazides, furosemide); other antiepileptic drugs (valproic acid, carbamazepine); hormones (estrogen); long-acting antacids (cimetidine, ranitidine); Tylenol (acetaminophen); and aspirin (salicylates).
  4. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, are especially controversial: while veterinarians have long considered them to be the most common drug to cause pancreatitis, recent human studies have discounted this link. Based on anecdotal evidence, however, some believe the association does exist in dogs.

December 2018 – Veterinary Practice News
Acute Pancreatitis & a new Pancreatitis Drug
being tested in Japan…..

This is a good and recent article on treating Acute Pancreatitis…. and i specifically cut and pasted the article so as not to lose track of information included of a possible new drug being tested in Japan for Pancreatitis treatment.