My Chi-Chi is a Yorkshire terrier and although I was aware that he was one of the main breeds that suffered from pancreatitis it was still shocking when he fell ill.
While there is no definitive reason for a pet that gets pancreatitis there are some breed and lifestyle characteristics that seem to increase the chances of your pup falling ill.
If you are thinking of getting a dog and want to know which seem to be more susceptible to the illness then continue reading.
1. These breeds seem to be more susceptible
Although all dogs can fall ill with pancreatitis, there are some breeds that seem to be more susceptible than others. So there may be a genetic predisposition. Here is a shortlist of the main breeds affected by pancreatitis
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Miniature poodle
- Cocker Spaniel
- Yorkshire terrier
2. Overweight Dogs seem to get pancreatitis more
Dogs that are overweight seem to fall prey to pancreatitis more than others, of course, this could be due to the fact that many times they are being fed diets outside of what would be considered quality food for pets. If your pup is obese it is time to cut the fat, literally! Refrain from table food and after consulting your vet develop a diet that seems to work for your household.
3. Older and middle-aged pets fall ill with pancreatitis more easily
Older and middle-aged pets seem to suffer from the disease more than younger pets. My Chi-Chi had his initial bout when he was about five years old, which in dog years could be considered middle-aged
4. Female dogs
It is unknown as to why female dogs may suffer from the disease more than males.
5. Dogs that suffer from other diseases
This is especially true of dogs that suffer from diseases where long-term medication is given. Some diseases include:
- Certain bacterial or viral infections
- Gastrointestinal tract disease
It’s always best to research your breed of dog to determine some of the possible genetic or predisposed diseases that they could possibly suffer from. While you may never need to use the information (and hopefully you won’t) it’s always best to be on the look out. I hope this helps!