Originally Posted by susan davis
We had a shetland sheepdog who got into bacon grease. A good 1/4 cup of it! She got pancreatitis. She had a mild case, 'cause we got her to a vet right away. He gave her a shot to stop the vomiting and diarrhea. NO food for 24 hours, and then a bland diet for a week. Now we have to be careful with watching her fat intake. It was hard not to feed her, but we understood that the pancreas had to rest to get better. Lets hope your puppy does not get a full blown case.
When Bella got it she was in a lot of pain. She was on IV and IV injected narcotics for pain. She was basically doped up beyond recognition for 5 days straight. The vet gave me an IV pump and every night I laid on the couch and listened for that pump, lest it stop, run out, or the every four hour dose of IV injections of narcotics. Plus taking her blood sugar readings so I could give her micro doses of insulin so she didn't die from her diabetes.
Bella was so out of it I would have to lift her out of the crate, clean her urine-covered body, replace the towels and bedding and put her back in. And during the day I would take her back to the vet, every day, and they would check her, and keep her a few hours.
Even after she was out of the woods on about day ten she was still weak. It probably took her a good 4-6 weeks for a full recovery.
Bella was 12 when she got pancreatitis. By all accounts she should have died. Even after it was all over the vet told me he thought for sure she would die that first 24 hours. But I believe love got her through it. There was NO WAY I was going to let her die.
She lived almost four more years after that.