Feeding Your Dog With Pancreatitis: A Guide By James Middleton

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Understanding Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a serious condition that affects dogs of all breeds and ages. As pet parents, it’s crucial to understand how to properly feed our four-legged friends to manage this condition effectively. 

In this blog, I’ll delve into what pancreatitis is, how it’s usually characterised and why low-fat diets are ideal to help prevent flare ups of this condition.

What are the symptoms?

Pancreatitis can occur in dogs due to various factors, including eating something they shouldn’t on a walk, high-fat diets, and metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

If your dog has pancreatitis, you might notice symptoms such as abdominal pain, reluctance to eat, vomiting, diarrhoea, and weight loss. In severe cases, it can lead to life-threatening complications. This is why proper nutrition plays a vital role in managing this condition.

a bowel of low fat ingredients

The Importance of a Low-Fat Diet

One of the main recommendations for managing pancreatitis in dogs is feeding them a low-fat diet.The pancreas is responsible for insulin regulation in dogs, and when this important organ is overworked, that’s when Pancreatitis can occur. A low-fat diet helps reduce the workload on the pancreas, alleviating symptoms and preventing further inflammation. 

Usually, vets will recommend to feed a diet with less than 15% fat. However it’s often difficult to find a low-fat diet which consists of only healthy, natural ingredients and isn’t artificially processed to bring down the fat content.

So, what are my options?

When I developed our range of cold-pressed foods, I knew I wanted to create a diet that could cater for dogs with debilitating pancreatitis. James & Ella’s Cold-pressed Chicken food is perfectly designed to meet the dietary needs of dogs with pancreatitis. 

With an ultra-low fat content, our Cold-pressed chicken food ensures that your dog receives the nutrition they need without exacerbating their condition. Our unique formula contains only high-quality, natural ingredients sourced locally in the UK.

If you’ve never heard of cold-pressed before, check out my blog “What is Cold-pressed Dog Food?” for more information.

So, what sets James & Ella apart?

a bowl of low fat cold-pressed food by James & Ella

Low-Fat Recipe

Our Cold-pressed Chicken food contains a fat content of 9%, making it an ideal choice for dogs with pancreatitis.

Natural Ingredients 

We prioritise natural, locally sourced ingredients in our recipe, ensuring the highest quality nutrition for your dog.

No Fillers or Artificial Additives 

Unlike many commercial dog foods or pancreatitis-specific diets sold by your vet, our Cold-pressed chicken contains no fillers, bulking agents, grain, wheat, or artificial colours or preservatives.


Our Cold-pressed food is easy to store at room temperature, which provides convenience for busy pet parents like you.

What are the benefits?

Digestive Health

Our recipe promotes digestive health with prebiotic fibre, aiding in the balance of the intestinal tract and reducing digestive problems.

High-Quality Protein 

Human-grade, free-run chicken is the first ingredient in our recipe, providing high-quality protein which is essential for your dog’s overall health and wellbeing.

Complete and Balanced 

With balanced nutrients and essential fatty acids, our Cold-pressed food supports your dog’s energy levels, immune system, and metabolic function.

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Research is key!

Feeding a dog with pancreatitis requires careful consideration and attention to their dietary needs. James & Ella’s Cold-pressed Chicken food offers a solution tailored to the specific requirements of dogs with this condition. With its ultra-low fat content, natural ingredients, and hassle-free storage, it’s an excellent choice for pet parents seeking the best diet for their dogs.

Remember, always consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet, especially if they have pancreatitis or other medical conditions. Together, we can ensure that your dog receives the nutrition they need to thrive despite their health challenges.

For more information or to try James & Ella’s Cold-pressed Chicken food, sign up to a trial here or reach out to us at james@ella.co. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

James x


James' Top Tip

When managing pancreatitis in dogs, consistency is key. Stick to a low-fat diet, avoid feeding any fatty foods that may trigger flare-ups, and always consult your vet before making any dietary changes or introducing new treats. Your dog’s health and well-being are top priorities, so staying diligent and informed will help ensure they lead a happy and healthy life.

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