Ideal for dogs suffering from pancreatitis or on a diet
By Bev Cobley for BDWS
A pancreatic diet is first and foremost very low fat but also with no added processed sugars, so as an example in this recipe the only fat is what is in banana and the only sugars are the natural simple ones already in the ingredients, hence no butter, no oil, no honey, no malt and no fats.
Inflammation of the pancreas is generally referred to as pancreatitis. It is very painful for dogs and humans. The pancreas is the organ that produces enzymes that assist with the processing of sugars in the body.
Feeding a dog that has been diagnosed with this is condition can be a bit mind-blowing …but…all is not lost and it doesn’t mean you cannot feed natural or give treats. I like homemade as I know 100% what’s in them.
It is scary, frightening even, when you see that huge pool of blood filled diarrhea and your heart sinks into your gut and your shaking from head to toe then yep, all sorts goes through the brain.
I have had clumber rescues over the years, generally old boys that have had this condition, and I have had to learn and manage food-wise.
But when my youngest girlie, that I have had from pup started, and when I was then feeding low fat but she still was getting outbreaks, I had to start the what causes? What works … without denying her the yummy stuff.
Please, do not self diagnose this possible condition, if you not sure and there is poo looking like unset blackcurrant jam or jelly, then vets asap.
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 2 large carrots
- 28ml/2 fl oz apple or cranberry or vegetable juice (no citrus juice) mixed with equal amount of water.
- 340g/12 oz of polenta (or wholemeal flour or semolina)
- 226g/8oz of rolled oats (I’m using pinhead oatmeal)
1. Our ingredients.
2. Add a medium sized banana to a large bowl.
4. Grate two large carrots.
5. Add carrots to bowl.
6. Weigh out 226g (8oz) of rolled oats or pinhead oats.
7. Add oats to bowl.
8. Weigh out 340g (12oz) of polenta (you can use wholemeal flour or semolina instead).
9. Add polenta to mixing bowl
10. Add 56ml (2 fl oz) of apple juice to measuring jug ( or use cranberry or vegetable juice (but no citrus juice).
11. Add the same amount again of water.
12. Add your liquid to the mixing bowl.
13. Give the ingredients a mix.
14. Now is the time to add more liquid if needed. This is dependant on your ingredients. Knead thoroughly. Really work it with your hands. You want it to be just like a pastry or scone mix
15. Roll out your dough to around 1/4 inch thick.
16. And cut into shapes.
17. Place biscuits on baking tray.
18. Place in oven at 200c (392F/Gas mark 6).
19. Cook for around 20-30 mins depending on thickness.
20. Leave to cool.
21. Place in dog jar.
My dogs are trying to tell me something, but I don’t know what!