Firstly, here are Panda's stats as requested in the forum:
Breed of dog: Dalmatian
Diet - Royal canin low fat GI, plus home cooked boiled chicken, turkey and white fish with veggies (trying to feed low GI such as broccoli, cabbage, sweet potato, green beans... also has applaws tins.
Weight to include current weight and ideal weight 18.5 kg -back to ideal weight now since last acute bout. (she is very petite for her breed, I am sure this is her correct weight)
Nature of the problem, including how long your dog has had it. Chronic and acute Pancreatitis. Since Feb, but could have been chronic for a long time. The first bout of chronic nearly killed her.
Known allergies/intolerances. Beef gives her bad skin, as does pork. Anything too rich goes through her.
General health. Was good for her age before this whole pancreatitis thing. Always had spondylosis, and urinary incontinence.
Veterinary consultations - She has spend a lot of time in the vets. Ultrasound shows slight inflammation but no visible masses. She has a grade 2 heart murmour. She needs a bronchoscopy for a long term cough but can't be knocked out as anesthetic can aggravate pancreatitis. Have been advised to undergo fine needle aspiration on the pancreas. Medication has been varied. She is on Gabapentin/buprenorphene for pain, metronidozole to prevent infection, cerena for sickness if she vomits... The last time she came off antibiotics she had another acute bout. She also has psyllium, fortiflora, yumove and propalin (lifelong urinary incontinence) Main question:
Am really struggling with so much conflicting advice!!
Does anyone have any advice or similar experiences regarding feeding an entirely home cooked diet for a 10y/o Dalmatian who has had two acute bouts of pancreatitis and also has chronic pancreatitis? The vet wants to keep her on Royal Canin low fat GI but I know it is rubbish food! (she used to be on Akela and Millies Wolfheart before she was ill but it contains too much fat) She never seemed to get on with raw despite all my efforts (I would love to feed her raw but she really doesn't cope with it) I am currently feeding some of her meals as homecooked -boiled chicken, turkey and white fish with veggies... but I know long term she needs a specific balance of vitamins and minerals. Is there a supplement that I can add to her limited list of foods she can eat that will create a balanced diet that isn't too high in fat? Vet says wet food should be lower than 3% fat and dry should be 7% -this is pretty much non existence apart from on the RCanin GI hell food.
Would massively appreciate any help or advice, or to hear similar experiences.