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Pancreatitis and anaplasmosis, I almost can't even say it, doggie woes

DuncanDoggie woes, pancreatitis and anaplasmosis, I almost can't even say it. I have a wonderful dog, he is fast approaching 9 years of age. We have had some health issues in the past. He got a bit, shall we say, portly over time. I got his weight down to an acceptable number, but didn't even realize it until I gave him a bath and noticed without his fur sticking out he was looking pretty svelte. He suffered from Lyme Disease about 6 years ago, we got through that. About 3 years ago he had an attack of pancreatitis.

This is a very serious disease, if you have a dog and are not careful about what you feed your dog, please read about the causes, symptoms and treatments. Some breeds are more prone, no matter what you feed them. Your beloved friend can suffer and even die, many do not recover. We almost lost him, it was touch and go for 2 weeks. Well, my best friend is suffering from another attack. He was put on medicine for it, and seemed to get better, but last night I just "knew" he was sliding backwards. He snuck around to the neighbors and ate something he shouldn't have. Feeding a dog with who suffers from pancreatitis is not always easy. They need a low fat diet, but they also need to eat more carbs that protein, as carbs are more gentile to their digestive system. Only 2 dog foods are recommended, and both are by prescription only. You can cook for them and I am researching this option now.

On top of this the bloodwork shows he has Anaplasmosis, a tick borne disease which can cause joint pain, but more important causes neurological issues. We can deal with this now with an antibiotic. He has been having little seizures, and they too should go away as soon as he gets the antibiotic behind him.

If you have a dog, don't feed them table scraps. You will increase the risk of pooch pancreatitis. Those table scraps can lead to loosing your beloved friend. I can't stress this enough, dogs die from this! Do some research on the best food for your buddy, and stick with it. If you have issues like we do of a garbage hound it makes things even more difficult. He finds food everywhere. Now I have to keep the garbage on the porch. We are on the road to recovery for sure, with some complications. It will be a few weeks before my best buddy is fully up to par again.

FYI, vets see a marked increase of pancreatitis during the holiday season. As a matter of fact, my Duncan had his first attack after he went over to visit the neighbor, and was given a huge plate of leftover Thanksgiving dinner. (unbeknownst to us).

I can barely say pancreatitis and anaplasmosis, but I can tell you they can really do some damage to our best friends.

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 21 commentsAndrea Swiedler • September 16 2009 02:22PM


Andrea, for all of Willie the Labradoodle's bad habits, he does not beg at the table.  Hope your guy gets better soon!  And thank you for the links.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Oh Andrea - It sounds like poor Duncan has had a terrible time. I get very upset with my husband when he feeds our dogs table scraps, but I had no idea that it could lead to pancreatitis. I will be spreading the word. Hope Duncan is feeling better soon.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) almost 11 years ago

Hi Andrea...

Sometimes we love our pets too much and want to give them whatever they want, including table scraps ... but you're so right ... we need to do what's best for them in the long run!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 11 years ago

Andrea,  I don't have a dog, but I heard pancreatitis can make a dog very ill before.  Both my friend and my broker's dog had that before, they are doing better after medication.  Hope Duncan is feeling better very soon!

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) almost 11 years ago

I let them lick the plate . . . then I don't have to do the dishes


But, good advice and thanks.  I have their special treats, and they love to gnaw on soup bones. 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 11 years ago

Hi Andrea-I didn't know dogs could get pancreatis. I will have to let a friend of mine know about this because they do feed her table scraps. I knew it was quite painful for people and they can die. I had a cousin who had it and was in the hospital. Hope you are doing well. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 11 years ago

Andrea..I live in a condo where dogs are not allowed..The past 7 years is the first time in my life that I have been without a dog by my side..My heart goes out to you ..Good luck


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 11 years ago

Andre, I am glad that I only have fish and don't have to deal with any of these issues.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 11 years ago

It's so hard on us when our best friends get sick. They can't talk to us and tell us they feel bad. We have to notice our buddy isn't themself. I lost two good buddies, both cats, in the last year. I really feel for you. I have been down that road a few times myself. I hope Duncan feels better soon.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 11 years ago

When we think we're loving our pets by giving them "treats", we're really doing them an injustice. And we're probably all guilty of it at some time or another.

I hope your nearly 9 year old buddy gets better quickly. You've blogged about him before and it's clear how much you love him.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 11 years ago

Pat, you are lucky. When I first got this fridge Duncan figured out how easy it was to open with his nose, he relieved us of a pound of bacon, a few pounds of hamburger meat, a pork roast and was just trying to open a package of hotdogs. For years we had to barricade the door when we left. He stopped doing that, whew.

Judy, yes yes yes, tell that hubby of yours to cut it out!

Richard, sometimes it is so hard to say no. After almost losing him I am far better at it. 

Rita, it is horrible, really. Duncan seems to be on the mend, but it takes it toll on him overall. Thank you.

Carla, it is hard for me to find him treats now. I use his special dog food as treats, poor guy. He has bones, but we have to be careful. They can set this off. No pigs ears, they are the worst.

Sharon, yes indeed they can! Thank you, he appears to be on the mend now. 

Hannah, thank you so much. I just love my pooch and when he is sick I feel horrible. 

George, the only think I know about fish is that they get ick. I don't even know what that is, LOL. Thank you.

Jim, it is very hard. It was not a good year for cats in this house last year either. I am trying very hard to make sure he gets better. Thank you.

Craig, to know him is to love him, LOL. But yes, we really need to be very careful what we give them. We can kill them for sure. Thank you.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

Andrea - That's very good information about the maladies our furry friends can conjure up.  I have an American Eskimo dog.  Kodi is 12 years old, and portly.  Trying to get weight off of him isn't easy, because he hates to exercise, and always has.  I find my dog does best when I make his food.  I cook up ground beef, drain all the fat off, and then add cooked rice and grated carrot.    I hope your friend gets to feeling better soon.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hello Andrea,

Thank you for the tips for dog owners.  I hope Duncan is on his way to wellness soon! 



Posted by Rita Minion (O'Brien Realty) almost 11 years ago

Andrea-I am so sorry about Duncan.  When my animals are sick it is just devastating. I am constantly on my husband about giving the yorkie table scraps too.  It has been such a tough year and now I am sorry to see you have to go through such a tough time with your best friend.   I hope he comes through it all okay.


Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 11 years ago


I hope Duncan is better and you have many more happy years together.


Posted by Ann Hayden 636-399-7544, (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) almost 11 years ago


i can only imagine your concern. It isdifficult with sick people, who  can at least express themselves. Best of luck

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 11 years ago

Don't know how I missed this post.  I do hope Duncan is doing better.  I am always scolding people for feeding their pets 'people food' as it's NOT good for them.  Our two dogs get boiled chicken livers in their food.  I checked with the vet years ago and he said that as long as it's not the main staple of their meal, then the extra proteins and natural vitamins are OK.  So far (knock on wood) we have not had any serious health issues with our 'kids' but we are ever vigilant!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 11 years ago

I hope Duncan is better. One of the first things that my mom taught me when we got our first cat is that just because an animal begs doesn't mean that you should feed it table scraps.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 11 years ago

Myrl, I boil the hamburger meat for Duncan when I am making his food. And apparently white rice is the easiest on his stomach. Try giving your dog a bath, LOL, that is how I realized Duncan was no longer portly!!!!

Rita, yes, he is on the road to recovery, thank you!

Debra, you smack your husband if he does that again! It is NOT good for them. And thank you, I think Duncan is getting better now, we are on the antibiotic for anaplasmosis now.

Hi Ann, thanks, I love my Duncan and hope he will be fine!

Jon, yes, when they can't tell you, and they suffer often without showing you, it is hard. Thank you!

Carol, feeding them requires not only common sense but knowledge. Thank you!

Jim, I never gave Duncan table scraps, he helped himself however, LOL. But, the neighbor was.... :(

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

Glad to see you are finally back here sweetie!  I hope Duncan will be okay.  What a scare.  Mylie is getting sooo big!


Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 11 years ago

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Posted by John almost 2 years ago