Treats for dogs with pancreatitis, and other health issues

A lot of pet parents over the years have approached me with the question “I have a dog with pancreatitis, what treats can I feed him?” Dogs with pancreatitis and other health conditions such as beef or wheat allergies, liver or kidney disease do best when fed a special diet and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the vast range of BARF, hyperallergenic, grain free, low purine, kidney support and breed specific diets on the market, just to name a few. Your vet will be able to ease your confusion and recommend the most suitable food for your dog’s particular health condition, but what about treats? Just because your dog has a health concern doesn’t mean that you have to abandon positive reinforcement training or even treating for the love of it. You can still feed a variety of high quality treats that will support your pet’s health without being detrimental to their condition. I’ve put together a list of the most common canine health issues which require moderated diets and treats, with foods you can feed as dog treats and foods you should avoid.

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis can be caused by consuming a fatty or overly processed diet, obesity or trauma. Feeding foods that inflame the pancreas will cause digestive enzymes to spill out of the pancreas and attack other organs, leading to heart, lung and kidney damage and potentially a lot of pain. Dogs with pancreatitis do best on low-fat and strictly monitored food and treats.

Avoid

beef, chicken & lamb liver are generally low in fat but can still be too high for a pancreatic diet. Avoid starchy foods such a potato and maize. Avoid sugar.

Okay

100% natural beef and chicken breast are very low in fat, as is pork liver.

Breeds commonly affected

Yorkshire Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Miniature Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, dogs with diabetes, hypothyroidism and epilepsy.

Yorkshire terrier commonly affected by pancreatitis love'em

Yorkies are commonly affected by pancreatitis

Canine liver and kidney disease

Canine liver disease is most commonly caused by canine hepatitis. With CLD the liver can’t process large amounts of protein or copper, so dogs should eat a low-copper and a moderated protein diet. Similarly, dogs with kidney disease do best on a high quality but low intake of protein diet, as the by-products of protein will build up in the pet’s system without being filtered out by the renal system.

Avoid

Beef liver, lamb liver, pork liver and chicken liver.

Okay

100% natural beef chews and chicken breast. These foods are high quality proteins, it’s important to make sure the protein fed is limited but of the best quality.

Breeds commonly affected by liver disease

Bedlington Terriers are most commonly affected due to a mutated gene. Other breeds frequently affected are Beagles, Dalmatians, Corgis, Dobermans, Keeshonds, Labradors, Skye Terriers and West Highland Terriers.

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Beagles are commonly affected by canine liver disease

Breeds commonly affected by kidney disease

Samoyeds, Bull Terriers, Cairn Terriers, German Shepherds and English Cocker Spaniels.

Samoyed dogs commonly affected by canine kidney disease love'em

Samoyed dogs are commonly affected by canine kidney disease

Copper hepatopathy/copper associated hepatitis

Copper hepatopathy is the leading cause of canine hepatitis. It’s the excessive storage of copper in the liver leading to liver cirrhosis. Dogs affected should eat a low-copper diet.

Avoid

Beef, pork and lamb liver- beef liver is particularly high in copper.

Okay

100% natural beef chews and chicken breast, treats high in zinc, B vitamins and high quality proteins.

Breeds commonly affected

Bedlington Terriers are most commonly affected due to a mutated gene. Other breeds frequently affected are Beagles, Dalmatians, Corgis, Dobermans, Keeshonds, Labradors, Skye Terriers and West Highland Terriers.

bedlington terriers commonly affected by canine hepatitis love'em

Bedlington Terriers are commonly affected by canine hepatitis

Dalmatians, purine intolerance, urate stones and liver shunts

Some breeds of dogs are affected by a gene or a physical abnormality which prevents them from processing “purine” proteins. The purines can build up in the urinary system causing painful urate stones in the bladder or kidneys. All foods contain some purines, but some foods are much higher than others. Susceptible breeds should avoid all high-purine foods and should get all of their protein from purine-moderate foods.

Avoid

All offal: liver, brain, heart, kidneys. Duck, venison, goose, sardines, mackerel, Mussels, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, legumes and yeast including brewer’s yeast.

Okay

100% natural beef chews, chicken breast, turkey and oats.

Breeds commonly affected

80% of dogs affected are Dalmatians. Other breeds with a genetic predisposition are Bulldogs and Black Russian Terriers. Dogs with liver shunts are also affected by purine intolerance. Dogs predisposed to liver shunts are female Bichon Frisse, Yorkies, Maltese and Irish Wolfhounds.

dalmatians have a purine intolerance and can't eat liver love'em

dalmatians have a purine intolerance and can’t eat liver

Diabetes

Dogs diagnosed with diabetes should have a strictly low sugar and low fat diet. Exercise is also key to keeping their weight and health under control, but there are so many healthy treats you can feed which will compliment your dog’s health instead of impeding it.

Avoid

Any food and treats with added sugar. Fatty foods, particularly over processed “meats”.

Okay

100% natural beef, chicken breast, pork, lamb and all species of liver. Love’em cookies are all sugar-free and are low in fat.

Breeds commonly affected

Australian terriers, Schnauzers, Dachshunds, poodles, Keeshonds, Samoyeds and Golden Retrievers.

schnauzers commonly affected by diabetes love'em

Schnauzers are commonly affected by diabetes

Cushings disease

Cushings is the over production of cortisol from the adrenal glands. Dogs with canine cushings, or hyperadrenocorticism, are usually older and should eat a high protein but low purine and low fat diet. This means lots of beef and poultry meat but no internal organs. Also avoid flours and other fattening foods.

Avoid

All offal: liver, brain, heart, kidneys. Duck, venison, goose, sardines, mackerel, Mussels, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, legumes and yeast including brewer’s yeast.

Okay

100% natural beef chews, chicken breast, turkey and oats.

Breeds commonly affected

Poodles, Dachshunds, Boston Terriers, Boxers and Beagles.

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Poodles are commonly affected by cushings disease

If receiving Vitamin A supplements

Vitamin A is so important for healthy skin, coat, bones, eyes and brain, but too much of it can lead to hypervitaminosis (Vitamin A overdose) causing muscle weakness, digestive upsets, bone spurs and more uncomfortable symptoms.

Avoid

all liver should be avoided if your dog is receiving vitamin A supplements.

Okay

100% natural chicken, beef, fish or turkey.

Allergies

Some dogs have food allergies and most dogs with a food allergy are usually allergic to more than one thing. Common allergies include beef, wheat, soy and lamb and effects can include stomach upsets, dry, itchy skin, pain and ear problems. If your dog is affected by a food allergy there are still so many treats you can feed from different food groups and different species’ of meat.

The table below outlines some alternative treats you may like to try if your dog suffers from one of these health conditions. If you see something you like the sound of but haven’t tried yet, please feel free to request a free sample pack so you can be sure you’re getting something your dog will truly love!

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