8 healthy low-fat natural treats for dogs with chronic pancreatitis

When I found out that my dog had pancreatitis I had to learn what foods would cause flare-ups for him and which wouldn’t. It took…

When I found out that my dog had pancreatitis I had to learn what foods would cause flare-ups for him and which wouldn’t.

It took me a while to determine which treats were best for him as he was an absolute foodie and very food motivated.

Aside, from making his own treats which are limited ingredient, I loved giving him all-natural foods like the ones mentioned below

dog eating an apple

1. Apples

dog eating an apple

Apples are a great nutritious treat for dogs that suffer from chronic pancreatitis as they are low in fat, one medium apple has 0.3grams of fat. They are also a great source of vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants.

My dogs can be pretty eaters at times and do not like to eat apples with the skin still attached although if your dog does enjoy the skin it is a great source of fiber.

One thing to avoid when giving your dogs apples is giving them the entire apple to chow down on, avoid feeding them any of the core, stem, or seeds, and also give them apples as a treat in moderation. A small slice or two is usually sufficient.

2. Broccoli

Broccoli is another treat that both of my dogs love. Ideally, you would steam broccoli florets for a couple of minutes prior to feeding them to your dog as this helps to get rid of the isothiocyanates which can cause gastric upset in dogs.

However, a couple of raw pieces of broccoli usually don’t cause any gi irritation and my dogs love them.

Broccoli is high in vitamin C and fiber and low in fat.

When feeding your dog broccoli always remember to feed in very small quantities and break the broccoli apart from the large stem for your dog.

3. Blueberries

do eating blueberry

Not only do blueberries taste great and are high in antioxidants and are just the right size to use as a training treat for dogs with chronic pancreatitis as they are low in calories and fat.

My dogs are not extremely fond of blueberries as many dogs are, but if your dog enjoys them they make a great treat.

As with anything give your dog blueberries in small quantities as they are high in fiber and too many can cause some stomach upset

4. Meats

Dogs are meant to eat meat as a part of their diet and one thing that most dogs like is meat. I make jerky for my dogs and they eat it without a problem. I always remember to feed it to them very sparingly.

Another way to feed your dog meat is by boiling it and chopping it up, this is great to do with chicken. When boiling, make sure there are no salts or seasonings added and skim any fat that may rise to the top of the pot before serving.

One thing to keep in mind is that if your dog is allergic to a type of meat like chicken or beef you should use another meat.

If you want to read about how to know if your dog has a chicken allergy you can read our latest article about it here.

5. Carrots

Carrots make a great treat for dogs as they are high in beta-carotene which produces vitamin A and fiber.

Avoid giving your dog a whole carrot and chop it into small pieces if you are going to give it to them raw. Also, avoid feeding the stems.

You can always bake or boil the carrots for them also to make them easier to chew and more digestible for your fur baby.

6. Green Beans

A couple of green beans is great to give your dog as a treat if they have chronic pancreatitis

7. Sweet Potato

Avoid giving your dog raw sweet potatoes, make sure you cook the sweet potatoes prior to feeding them to your dog.

8. Pumpkin

Canned pumpkin (only pumpkin without any additives, not pumpkin for pie) is great to give a dog that has had a recent flare up