If you have read our page on Pancreatitis you will have learned that pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease caused by an overload on the pancreas
If your pet normally doesn’t eat a ( high) fat diet, the introduction of a large amount of fatty food in one go can cause acute pancreatitis.
Some other causes can be: obesity, hypothyroidism, or various medications/ toxins.
When the pancreas becomes inflamed, digestive enzymes that are normally inactive until they reach the small intestine become active in the pancreas, resulting in pain and swelling.
Studies have shown that cooked foods require a higher enzymatic output from the pancreas to reach proper digestion.
Pancreatitis is more often seen in pets eating kibble or cooked pet foods (tins/ Trays), but rarely in pets that are on a raw food diet.
For more detailed information please read our Pancreatitis page
So what can I feed?
Feed lean cuts of meat or the leanest meats you can find.
Feeding some fat however is important in the diet for energy.
Focus on keeping fats at a balanced amount to not increase symptoms (10% -20%). (would stay at the lower amount for pets with pancreatitis)
Skinless Chicken, Turkey, Rabbit and White Fish are good examples of low fat meats, but also some cuts of Beef, Goat, Pork and Deer are good examples to feed
There are suppliers that sell more exotic meats like Ostrich, Kangaroo, Camel, Emu, Elk etc which are often leaner than domestic protein.
Feeding just rabbit and poultry (chicken, Turkey) will cause nutritional deficiencies and imbalance so rotation of protein with ruminant (Beef, Goat, Deer) animals is important
Just cut off the excess fat from any of the options above.
Feeding pancreatic tissue (pancreas) has been shown to help aid with digestion, so you could feed that as 5% of their organ intake but again rotation of organs is key to prevent a nutritional imbalance/ deficiency, the other 5% has got to be Liver,
Instead of feeding fatty/ oily fish, it would be better to look for an Omega 3 supplement such as krill or salmon oil
When you first start feeding raw, follow the same guide as you would a healthy pet from the Raw For Dogs, Cats pages but use the lean meats mentioned above, this also counts for bone cuts
No snacks like table scraps, biscuits etc as they can in turn reactivate the condition and upset the stomach.
Once your pet has the condition there is always a chance that it comes back, but sticking to a strict lean diet will give your pet a better chance at recovery and keeping it at bay for longer periods.
If you want to give a snack EG for training you could always dehydrate your own meat for treats so that you know only the leanest of meats are used, but calculate the treats in with their daily food intake
If you have any concerns please talk to your vet and or dietitian.
All the information provided is from personal experience and research
I am not a Vet so at all times seek medical advice from your vet or other professionals