Our two-year old mini schnauzer (weighs 17 pounds) was just diagnosed with pancreatitis.
Q. Dear Terry, “Our two-year old mini schnauzer (weighs 17 pounds) was just diagnosed with pancreatitis. We just started him on prescription food. Do you have any other suggestions?” — Mary S., Independence, MO
A. Dear Mary, Unfortunately, miniature schnauzers tend to be predisposed to problems with the pancreas (See http://www.ufaw.org.uk/PANCREATITISMINATURESCHNAUZER.php). You can also do an Internet search on “idiopathic hyperlipidemia miniature schnauzers” to find more information on this condition.
As expected, diet plays a key role in this condition. While it looks like you have already taken some steps, keep in mind that treats should be considered carefully and absolutely no fatty table scraps such as bacon should be given to your dog.
In addition to changes in his diet, I would also recommend adding a digestive enzyme formula to your dog’s daily supplement regimen. Pancreatin, a natural digestive enzyme complex that provides the enzymes protease, lipase, and amylase, simply helps your dog’s body do what it already does naturally. I recommend giving your dog 1 tablet of pancreatin with each meal, as ideally the dog would be getting two or three small meals per day. Make sure that when choosing a formula, you get an undiluted pancreatin supplement. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) has set strict definitions for the level of activity – measured by how effectively the enzyme breaks down its targeted nutrient type – for pancreatin. I believe the best results for improving digestion come from full strength, undiluted pancreatin. Less potent pancreatin has often been diluted with salt, lactose or galactose.
Your dog would also benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to his daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend giving your dog 375 mg of high absorption curcumin daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published studies. The best form I have ever found uses micronized curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.
Terry . . . Naturally