Dog Food Recipe for Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis in dogs is more common than you may realize. It's certainly overwhelming to hear your dog diagnosed with this condition. There are many things that you can do to help your pet live a long and healthy life, including feeding a dog food recipe for pancreatitis.

This condition is an inflammation of a dog's pancreas, which is the organ responsible for producing digestive enzymes and insulin. This is why it's so important to gradually change your dog's diet to one that will meet his unique dietary needs.

When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the digestive enzymes it produces spill out and onto the surrounding organs. The organs closest to the pancreas are the liver and kidneys.

When digestive enzymes spill over onto these vital organs, the body begins to digest them.

Symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs include unexplained vomiting, fever, diarrhea and difficulty breathing. If any of these symptoms come on quickly or you notice a combination of the above symptoms, you need to seek veterinary care immediately.

I know these symptoms could also be a sign of numerous other conditions, but when it comes to your dog's health, it's better to be safe than sorry. A quick trip to the vet will rule out any serious issues or diagnose any problems without delay.

Dog Food Recipe for Pancreatitis

dog food for pancreatitis

If left untreated, pancreatitis may cause permanent pancreatic tissue damage and damage to the surrounding organs. The sooner it is diagnosed, the better your dog's long-term prognosis.

Your veterinarian will likely recommend a restricted diet if your dog is diagnosed with pancreatitis. Your dog's body has a lot of healing to do, and a limited diet that includes a dog food recipe for pancreatitis is likely the best option.

In most cases, a low fat and low protein diet is recommended for dogs with this condition. However, figuring out the right amount of protein and fat is best left to the experts.

In this case, it's best to work with a canine nutritionist.

They will help guide you in choosing a diet that will meet your dog's nutritional needs, cater to his current health condition and hopefully prevent future conditions from developing.


Dog Food Recipe for Pancreatitis

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This dog food recipe for pancreatitis is simple to make. With just 4 ingredients, this recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

Be sure to run this dietary change past your veterinarian before feeding this recipe to your pup. It will not provide 100% balanced nutrition for every dog.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups of food 1x
  • Category: Cooked Food
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dog Food
  • Diet: Low Fat


  • One cup of venison (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of boiled zucchini (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup boiled sweet potato (chopped)


I used venison as the protein source for this recipe. It's a very lean protein.

If necessary, you can substitute chicken, lean ground beef, bison or any other protein source that your dog prefers. Just be sure that it is lean.

Fry the meat in a pan, and do not use any butter or oil. Chop and boil the zucchini and the sweet potato.

Once the ingredients are prepared, you can mix them all together in a large bowl. Stir the meat, yogurt, zucchini and sweet potato together until evenly combined.

Once the homemade dog food has cooled you can serve it to your pup.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 40
  • Sugar: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 19 mg
  • Fat: .5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.5 g
  • Fiber: .5 g
  • Protein: 5.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 12 mg

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Serving Size Recommendation: You can serve this homemade dog food for pancreatitis to your dog as soon as it has cooled. I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight.

This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. So, a 25-pound dog would eat about 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup in the evening.

This is just a guideline. Some dogs, like working dogs and very active breeds, will need more calories than this. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many.

It's best to consult your veterinarian about the appropriate serving size for you dog. They will also help you evaluate meal to make sure it will meet your pet's unique nutritional needs. If necessary, they will assist you in choosing the best supplements and/or multivitamins to add.

How to store: You can store the leftover pancreatitis dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them, and they’ll keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so that it won't last nearly as long as commercial dog food.

For More Information

We publish many homemade dog food and treat recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips, and advice, see our “Recipes” section.If you're new to home-cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.

Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.