Posted : 1/10/2008 8:03:16 PM
If it's the recipe that includes 10 lbs of cheap hamburger and 1 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, I'd go other routes first. My concern with that recipe would be that the fiber could possibly stave off diarrhea but the fat might still trigger a pancreatic issue but you might not know it until it's too late. This part in particular, has me avoiding high fat meats and additive for both of my dogs:
Symptoms associated with pancreatitis may be obscure and mild or very clear and severe. Some dogs recover completely with appropriate medical therapy and dietary modifications, whereas others die from severe illness and secondary complications. The course of pancreatitis is usually unpredictable, and may be slow.
Complications of pancreatitis include shock, inflammation and fluid accumulation within the abdomen, sepsis, respiratory compromise, heart arrhythmias, liver and kidney failure, and abnormal bleeding and clotting. Chronic recurrent pancreatitis, pancreatic abscesses, diabetes mellitus, and insufficiency of pancreatic enzyme secretion also may be caused by chronic pancreatitis. The presence of one or more of these problems worsens the dog's chance of recovery.
A presumptive diagnosis of pancreatitis can be made based on a history and physical examination. In particular, significant risk factors such as obesity, or the recent ingestion of a high fat meal, may warrant a suspicion of pancreatitis. The examining veterinarian will perform other tests to confirm this diagnosis and to help determine the cause of the illness.
In rehabbing my emaciated rescue, he was placed on a high fiber, low fat food and fed very frequently (5-6 meals/day at first). As he slowly improved, I added hard-boiled eggs, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and salmon. I had to be (and still am) on vigilant poop patrol to watch for any sign of diarrhea or distress. Recently trying to up his intake of beef made him a little loose, so I'm sticking with lean chicken and turkey and fish for him.
If you're determined to try to Satin Balls (10 lbs. is a real lot), I would give a 1 tsp. ball maybe every 3rd day and watch her reaction very closely for the signs listed in the link, panting, bloating, diarrhea, etc. It can go south real fast and cost you a ton in vet bills to deal with a pancreatic episode.
I still vote for puppy food and frequent small meals.