My 4 year old dog was recently diagnosed with pancreatitis. My vet has made it sound as though this usually happens for a few reasons:
- The dog ate something weird/abnormal and it caused temporary inflammation
- For whatever reason, the dog is more vulnerable to pancreas inflammation and it will likely happen again if not kept on a proper diet
Since my dog hasn't had any changes in diet or gotten into anything, I'm leaning towards the latter being our reality.
I was instructed that the best treatment is a low-fat diet, and was sent home with prescription low-fat i/d food. However, this food is expensive for someone on a low budget, and already providing additional medication to treat the dogs epilepsy.
Does anyone have any suggestions for cost effective, low-fat food diets for dogs? Specifically with tendencies of pancreatitis?
Edits to address comments
Our regular food regimen prior to this was Blue Buffalo: Chicken and Brown Rice, which he has eaten for the majority of his life.
I'm able to buy a 30lbs bag of Blue Buffalo for about $50, and the Hills Prescription food is about $35 for an 8lbs bag.