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    Hi everyone, this is my first visit to the forum, I'm hoping someone might be able to help me out. My 17 year old silky recently had his first bout of pancreatitis. He is now on a diet of chicken, rice and the lite Barf food. He is missing his bones so much. I used to give him beef soup bones, no fat and really I don't think his little teeth could get to the small amount of marrow. I'm wondering if I could give him even one bone a week?

    Thanks!

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    Hi Donna Lea

    Welcome to the forum.

    I've got no idea what the diet rules are for a dog with pancreatitis. I think the question about bones and marrow would be a good one for your dog's vet.

    You could try something completely different - like a nylex bone - it's made of plastic, you can boil it up in beef stock to flavour it and there's no fat. And I doubt a 17yo silkie could put spikes in it like my dog does.

    The other thing my dog enjoys - and lots of her little dog friends (Pug sized) enjoy them too - is cow hoofs. And horse hoof trimmings. those things should be pure keratin (same stuff as hair) - so not too much fat if any. I don't know if they're any good for pancreatitis tho.

    Definitely avoid pigs ears and any kind of dried or smoked bones - because they're fatty and the bones splinter.

    Can your dog eat things like carrots? My dog loves chewing on those. And raw hides - tho I've had to change to the really little slivers of it because she eats it so fast. I also feed her dried roo jerky (no bone), which I think probably has close to zero fat. But it can mess with her tummy sometimes. Either that or it's the stress of me going out without her (which is why I give her the roo).

    You can also get dried chicken jerky (or make your own in a slow oven or dehydrater). Just make sure what you get is made (not packed) in Australia from Australian chicken.

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    Welcome to the forum Donna Lea & Jed!
    It's probably best to check with your vet first.
    Roo is very low in fat and you can buy bags of roo tail which is chopped into sections like your beef soup bones. Maybe this would be a good alternative?

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    Thank you! I have checked with 2 vets and got opposing answers......He is doing so well I might just stick to what I'm doing for now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Lea View Post
    Thank you! I have checked with 2 vets and got opposing answers
    Don't you hate that.

    Does happen quite often. Then you start asking questions about how much experience the particular vet has had with the particular problem.

    But your dog is 17 years old - so they might be thinking - not a lot can be done or should be done at this stage. Ie things are breaking down because of old age. So then it's all about quality of life.

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