My dog has a pancreatic disease; can I give him/her a treat?

The pancreas is an organ that produces digestive enzymes. When an animal suffers from pancreatic diseases (like exocrine pancreatic insufficiency/EPI) there are not enough digestive enzymes produced for optimal digestion. This could result into a disrupted digestion or 'maldigestion'. Mainly the digestion of fats is disturbed. Typical symptoms include diarrhoea, weight loss (despite good appetite) and poor body and coat condition.

The Low Calorie (Lamb) is low in fat, so the risk of digestive problems due to reduced fat digestion will not increase. When giving treats to dogs with a reduced function of the pancreas it is important to give these in limited extent and certainly not too soon after each other. This minimises the load on the gastrointestinal system and thus the pancreas. Always consult your veterinarian to see if giving treats is possible to a dog with a pancreatic disease.

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