Would you transition a 16 year old dog with pancreatitis to a raw diet?
Ah, I am sorry about your dog. But, Hat’s Off to you for choosing alternative and natural ways to keep your baby happy and comfortable.
You can introduce raw foods into her diet, but if she has not been used to raw foods, take this slowly so her digestion isn’t shocked. Be choosy with the raw food choices, also, and some foods may need to be steamed to soften them, such as carrots. Steamed brown rice is good, and raw eggs three times a week is a good choice.
Primarily, you want healthy doggie nutrients in her that will offer her protein and digestive enzymes. Investigate a pancreatic enzyme for her, and here’s a tip that I do for my 16 year old, long-haired Dachshund:
- I buy pure and natural holistic dry food;
- Place in a tupperware and cover dry food with water;
- Add 1-tbls olive or flax seed oil;
- Add 1-tbls pure ground bone meal;
- Keep in fridge.
I give my dog 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup at dinner time. Her coat is silky (she’s a long-haired black & tan), and she is spry and healthy, even for her age.
See if this helps, and good luck.