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A Dog with Diabetes & Pancreatitis Regains His Appetite!


Wow! I don’t know why I waited so long to try this on my pancreatic corgi! Loki just turned 11 on August 6, 2019. He was diagnosed with Diabetes and Pancreatitis on December 26, 2017. It was rough in the beginning, but things smoothed over a little after getting him on some prescribed Rx diet. But he was never really into it after all this time. And recently it had gotten much worse. Getting him to eat was like pulling teeth.

A few times since his diagnosis, he had rough days where I thought for sure he was having another flare-up of Pancreatitis (vomiting, even just water… extreme inappetence). This latest episode on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, I thought for sure it was the end. He threw up first thing in the morning, before he had even eaten. Just a bunch of water/foam. He refused to eat, just chugged a bunch of water and then threw up again. I found him laying in the bathroom just laying there in a puddle of his own water-vomit. We had already decided if it was another flare-up… we would just make the decision to let him go, because he was just miserable! He never wanted to eat, he would just lay in the bathroom all day looking sad, every day. Well on this day, the vet ran his bloodwork and his pancreas values came back perfect. Say what?? But she decided he was in extreme pain for arthritis or a spine/disc issue. She gave Loki an injection of Cerenia, and a new medicine to begin injecting to help him with his joint pains. He felt better that evening, and gave less of a fight to eat… but the next morning, he didn’t want to eat again. I was at my wit’s end. He can’t live eating a few bites here and there.

I took to a Pancreatic Dog support group on FB and someone suggested GastroElm Plus.  (I had seen it mentioned before, but when I saw it those times before, I wasn’t having so many issues with him not wanting to eat). So I ordered it, and it promptly arrive on Saturday morning (Aug 10). It missed his breakfast time by just a few minutes, and he had put up a fight about eating that morning. I gave him a dose of GastroElm just to help soothe his tummy. About 30 minutes later, he was sticking his face in his bowl like “Hey! Lady! I could eat!”. So I gave him a little additional food that he had ignored earlier, and he gobbled it right up!

Then, Saturday evening, it came time for their dinner. About 20 minutes before I set his bowl down, I gave him another squirt of the GastroElm gel that was made earlier in the day. Then when I was standing at the counter prepping his dinner, he shows up and is standing there staring at me like “Uhm… when’s dinner??”. Which was HIGHLY unusual for him. Typically I have to BEG him to come out of the bathroom and eat his dinner. It had become an every day thing… kneeling on the kitchen floor and trying to coax him to eat so he could have his insulin. WELL! Not on this night! I finished prepping his bowl and set it down in his stand, he stuck his face right in there and gobbled it up without hesitation…. licked it clean and trotted off to roll around on his back in the living room. This was a sight I hadn’t seen in so long. I cried a little. I have continued to give it to him the last couple of days, and every day he’s a little more excited about eating, and seems more happy and satisfied. Thank you so much for this wonderful product! I can’t say enough good things.

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Dog Recovering From Pancreatitis & IBD


My 16 year old dog, Casey, came down with Pancreatitis and IBD and my Vet suggested giving her several different medicines. I am not a fan of giving a dog medicine due to all of the side effects and all medicines are eliminated through the kidney’s. I joined a FB Pancreatitis group and everyone was talking about GastroElm Plus. Casey was lethargic, loss of appetite, nauseas, painful belly, depressed and she didn’t want to eat. She was so sick that I considered putting her to sleep to end her suffering. I watched a You tube video about Gastro Elm and after being sick for almost three weeks I decided to try Gastro Elm.

20 minutes after my sick dog received Gastro elm her appetite came back, it was a miracle! I gave my dog Gastro elm three to four times a day (one hour before every meal). By the second day of being on Gastro elm my sick dog came roaring back to life. Her energy returned, her nauseas abated, her appetite came back and I no longer heard any gurgling acidic noises in her stomach. Gastro Elm saved my dogs life. I now give her 1/2 teaspoon in the AM and 1/2 teaspoon before bed (with a snack). No more 5 AM bile throw ups and my dog now wakes up happy, wagging her tail and rolling on my bed. Gastro elm is by far the best holistic product I’ve found and I will always keep my dog on it for the rest of her life.

Thank you!


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Tips for Managing Pancreatitis in Dogs

I’ll never forget the day that our toy poodle, Angel, was struck down by acute pancreatitis when she had just turned seven years old. She became so violently ill that we thought we were going to lose her. With blood coming out of both ends, our vet at the time, did nothing to coat her stomach or intestines.  Due to her small size (6 1/2 lbs) she ended up spending two nights in the hospital and needing a blood transfusion in order to survive. Since then I’ve gained as much knowledge as possible from both holistic and non-holistic vets. I’ve also helped thousands of pet owners in the same situation since creating GastroElm Plus in the spring of 2013. I share much of what I’ve learned below in hopes that it can help others.

There is Hope! Angel lived 8 1/2 years with chronic pancreatitis, which was several years longer than the original prognosis of 2-3. The most important aspects of caring for a dog with pancreatitis are Diet, Exercise and Caring for the digestive tract and affected organs.

My first tip: Do not fast small animals.  Fasting might work for large dogs who have plenty of bodyweight.  If you choose to do this, never withhold water.  Dehydration is very detrimental to the recovery of the animal.  Angel’s second vet taught us to divide a normal meal in thirds and feed small meals every couple hours instead of fasting.  If you have some GastroElm Plus give them 1/2 of a normal dose with each small meal.  This will get them through an acute attack as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Diet – Rule #1 is Very Low Fat, especially in the beginning. Excess fat causes major problems for dogs struggling with pancreatitis. In the wild, dogs tend to eat birds, rabbits and other wild game that is quite low in fat. In fact, dogs don’t need nearly as much fat as what is present in most commercial dog foods. Fat is cheap and tasty, so it makes an enticing filler. I almost exclusively used chicken breast for Angel after her diagnosis. Remove all visible fat, but you don’t have to boil it. Grill it or slow cook it in the oven. If your dog doesn’t tolerate chicken well, then my next choice would be the leanest cuts of beef you can find at the grocery store or meat counter. If in doubt, ask someone at the meat counter or a butcher. If you have access to lean cuts of buffalo or venison those are also great choices.

Veggies – There are several veggies that work well as they provide some extra fiber to keep them regular. I have found pumpkin to be the most beneficial, because it contains lots of fiber and is also soothing if the animal has tendencies toward diarrhea. Angel also enjoyed green beans, peas, sweet potato, and squash. Angel was very allergic to carrots which is why we didn’t use them, but most dogs enjoy them. Using any of these in rotation to make up about 1/3 of a meal works well.

Avoid Excess Grains.  When dogs are first diagnosed with pancreatitis most vets recommend boiled chicken and rice. Rice is not a good long term solution because like other grains it can cause inflammation in the digestive tract and dogs with pancreatitis are already dealing with too much inflammation. My vet recommends using overcooked quinoa instead of rice. She overcooks it by doubling the amount of water and cooking for a longer period of time so it’s mushy and easy to digest. Angel really enjoyed pasta so as an occasional treat we would give her some Barilla Plus which is a combination of durum and legumes. She loved it and it never caused any problems for her.

Calcium is a very important component of a dog’s diet and is often overlooked when owners begin home cooking. This can cause kidney issues, because meat is high in phosphorous and needs to be balanced out by calcium. In the wild, dogs eat the meat and most of the bones from a kill. In fact, if you do any research on raw food diets they always recommend 10-15% of their diet being raw bones. If you use a calcium supplement, my holistic vet recommends calcium lactate in the powder form added to the meal. One thing that Angel liked much better than calcium powder was sodium free dry curd cottage cheese.

This version has virtually no sodium, is fat free and is high in calcium and protein.

Bone Broth – Another source of beneficial nutrients for dogs is bone broth.  Bone broth does not contain much calcium, but is a great source of collagen to help their joints and muscles as well as tighten up a leaky gut. Since many dogs with pancreatitis also have problems with colitis, IBD and other digestive issues this could be very beneficial, especially when combined with GastroElm Plus.  I make it at home and skim off all of the fat.

Exercise is very important for dogs with pancreatitis. In fact, when Angel was having a bad morning, I would always take her out for a short walk and more often than not she made a dramatic improvement as a result. You should give them at least a short ten minute walk each day to help them keep everything flowing through their system. It’s important for all dogs, but especially those with pancreatitis.

Healing – The third thing that’s incredibly important is protecting and healing their digestive tract. That’s why I developed GastroElm Plus for Angel, because I knew she needed something that she could take on a daily basis. Things like sucralafate or Carafate were not intended for long term use.   As stated on the GastroElm home page, each herb was chosen not only to soothe the digestive tract and allow it to heal but to also support the vital organs as well.  I intentionally left out herbs like licorice which may be beneficial in the short term but should not be used longer term.

Note:  If you live outside the United States you will not have access to GastroElm Plus at this time.  You should be able to find Slippery Elm Bark Powder (avoid product from China) which will help to coat the stomach in a similar way.

Some people may suggest that long term use of Slippery Elm or milk thistle is not in the best interest of the animal, but I strongly disagree. An animal diagnosed with pancreatitis is suffering from a very debilitating and deadly disease. Others think that using slippery elm might reduce the ability of an animal to properly digest their food and utilize the nutrients from it. Again, I don’t agree. I’ve seen dogs, cats and horses who resembled a bag of bones before going on GastroElm Plus who began to fill out and gain weight after implementing this product. A dog with pancreatitis or a horse with ulcers is already having tremendous difficulty assimilating food properly, so the number one goal is to heal the digestive tract. That’s exactly why GastroElm Plus improves the quality of life for so many animals.

Supercharging GastroElm Plus

GastroElm Plus by itself is usually enough to help your animal regain good quality of life.  But if you have a dog who has been sick for long time or has multiple issues that don’t respond fully to GastroElm Plus, there is an easy way to super charge it. Try using fat free bone broth as mentioned above, instead of water to mix with the GastroElm Plus powder. Bone broth and GastroElm are both wonderful for tightening up a leaky gut which is an underlying issue with many sick animals. Since many commercial bone broths are made with onion or added sodium, it’s best to do it from scratch at home. It’s incredibly easy, just use this recipe.

If you have any questions simply reply in the comments below!


To a healthier pet!

Michael Peterson