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Royal Canin dog food for pancreatitis

Our customer asked:

I ordered Royal Canin Gastro-Intestinal dog food  instead of the Royal Canin Gastro-Intestinal Low Fat version and unfortunately opened it this morning without realising the difference until I saw the kibble. Can you tell me the fat content difference as my Boxer suffers with pancreatitis quite regularly and I'm worried she is going to have another flare up eating this food. Please can you help, if needs be I will just buy another bag and see if anybody else can use my open bag which is a 14kg bag

Our response:

I am afraid that these two diets are quite different. The one you have just bought is 20% fat, but the low fat version is just 7% fat. It is generally accepted that fat can help to trigger a bout of pancreatitis, so I would have to advise that you do not use this diet as a sole food for your dog. You should aim for a diet with less than 10% fat. Very possibly you could slowly use it up by mixing a bit with the correct diet. If you add one portion of the wrong diet to 4 of the correct one, then the total fat level your dog would receive would be 9.6%, which being less than 10% should be safe for pancreatitis. It is up to you if you want to give this a go. You could always ring your vet and ask their advice. Personally I would try it, but bear in mind that pancreatitis can recur at any time.

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Sunday 20th January 2013