As a mom of a fur baby that suffers from pancreatitis, I know all too well the struggle of trying to find a food that they like but won’t wreak havoc on their digestive systems or your wallet!
Feeding dogs with pancreatitis can prove to be tricky. So, I set out to find a couple of over the counter, non-prescription, dry commercial dog foods that fit the bill and this list is what I came up with.
How was this list compiled?
1. General Consensus
I searched high and low for the best foods that owners have had the most success with, and that kept their pooches flare-up free from pancreatitis. Many of the foods listed below were mentioned many times over and the general consensus was that these were great foods for dogs with pancreatitis.
2. Fat, Protein, & Fiber content
I also looked at the fat content and calculated the dry matter so that you would have the actual fat content minus the moisture content (which is pretty important when comparing dog foods). Want to know why this matters? Read this article about why you are choosing your dog food improperly.
3. Personal Experience
The third way I chose these foods is through personal experience. I had my dog with pancreatitis on Royal Canin Low Fat Gastrointestinal and understandably, he grew tired of it after years of eating the same thing over and over. I would see his reluctance to eat and anti-climactic feedings. He began to lose weight and I knew I needed to find something that I could incorporate into his diet that would entice him to eat and keep him at a healthy weight. I personally chose to go with Solid Gold but will also try Dr. Harvey’s in the future.
Here are my top picks for the best commercial non-prescription dry foods for dogs with pancreatitis
1. Solid Gold – Fit & Fabulous
Dry Matter Analysis
2. Wysong Anergen™
A hypoallergenic canine/feline diet formulated with alternative protein sources to address food allergies/sensitivities.