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Top 5 Reasons To Feed Pancreas
1. It Supports The Pancreas
In 1899, the Merck Manual was one of the very first professional books used by veterinarians. Over 100 years ago, it recommended using pig pancreas to support the pancreas. This is called glandular therapy.
Although it’s been mostly forgotten by modern medicine, glandular therapy is still widely recognized as an effective treatment. This is because each organ carries unique nutrients and fats needed for optimal functioning. For example, the brain is rich in DHA, a fatty acid that protects nerve cells. And the pancreas is rich in digestive enzymes and hormones.
Dogs with a poorly functioning pancreas will have trouble producing enough digestive enzymes to digest their meals. If left unchecked, this can lead to nutritional deficiencies.
The dogs most at risk for enzyme deficiency include:
- Senior dogs
- Dogs eating kibble or cooked food
- Dogs with pancreatitis
- Dogs with EPI
It can also help balance the hormones in diabetic dogs.
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2. It May Help Control Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis means inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that is a bit sensitive … it can be stressed by drugs, toxins, poor diet or an excessively fatty diet.
An inflamed pancreas will start to form scar tissue. Eventually, this can block the cells that produce insulin and glucagon, as well as the cells that produce digestive enzymes.
Breeds predisposed to chronic pancreatitis include:
- Yorkshire Terriers
- Cocker Spaniels
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
- Miniature Schnauzers (who have issues with fat metabolism)
Dogs with pancreatitis can benefit from eating pancreas because it will provide the digestive enzymes and hormones that the pancreas can no longer sufficiently produce.
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3. Pancreas Helps With EPI
EPI is exocrine pancreatic insuffiency. It means the pancreas doesn’t produce the enzymes needed to break down fat, protein and carbohydrates in food. So your dog’s body can’t absorb nutrients.
Untreated EPI can lead to organ failure and can be deadly. .
Conventional Vets Like It Too!
Even conventional veterinarians recommend feeding pancreas for EPI dogs.
One study showed that feeding pancreas controlled EPI dogs’ symptoms. In fact, their general health reached that of normal dogs in the study within four months.
Feed your dog pancreas or add pancreatic enzymes to food. That replaces those missing enzymes and helps your EPI dog absorb nutrients.
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4. It’s Proactive Against Diabetes
When insulin isn’t produced, glucose builds up and your dog can become diabetic.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common in people – and it’s also the type of diabetes that cats get. But most diabetic dogs have type 1 diabetes. And it’s a lot more serious.
When the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin properly, glucose can’t get into the body’s cells. Diabetic dogs usually need lifelong treatment with insulin shots. Preventing diabetes in dogs is extremely important.
Type 1 diabetes is not caused by diet – but diet is a huge factor in preventing and managing it.
There are many nutrition related factors that can cause diabetes:
- Food allergies
- Inflammatory ingredients
- Contaminants (drugs, toxins and other endocrine-disruptors)
- Weight (fat cells secrete pro-inflammatory messenger molecules and hormones)
- Diet-related pancreatitis
According to the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, “Animals that are overweight or those with inflammation of the pancreas are predisposed to developing diabetes. Some drugs can interfere with insulin, leading to diabetes.”
About 25% of diabetic dogs have or have had pancreatitis. This destroys beta cells in the pancreas … beta cells are the ones that produce insulin. So, feeding pancreas is a proactive step that may help prevent diabetes. Here’s how it works …
Pancreas contains manganese. This mineral helps insulin production for blood sugar control. And pancreatic enzyme provide efficient digestion of fat, protein and carbohydrates. This reduces the burden on a compromised pancreas and allows the pancreas to produce insulin as it should.
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5. Pancreas Provides Enzymes For Older Dogs
As your dog ages his body produces fewer enzymes. It’s a natural progression. Your dog’s body can’t keep up! This means all senior dogs are likely to have an enzyme shortfall.
But younger dogs can have a deficiency too. They benefit from having digestive enzymes added to their diet.
Poor diet, drugs, city water, vaccines as well as aging can all deplete your dog’s enzyme supply.
Enzyme deficiencies can affect vital processes in your dog’s body, like …
- Immune system
- Waste and toxin elimination
- Hormone regulation
- Gallbladder function
Dogs with food intolerances, allergies, recurring ear infections or skin problems can be helped by digestive enzymes. Most of these problems are symptoms of poor gut health.
Feeding pancreas can provide your dog with the enzymes he needs.
Here’s how to go about adding pancreas to your dog’s diet.
- 2 ounces of raw beef pancreas for every 20 lbs of body weight, divided between two meals
- Do not feed more than 2 ounces twice daily
- Example: 60 pound dog/20 = 3 x 2 = 6 ounces of beef pancreas daily