I'm sorry to hear your dog has been diagnosed with pancreatitis. In cases with this illness, it's best for the pancreas to rest and the digestive enzymes to not be produced, so typically, the dog will not receive any food by mouth. The vet can supply IV nutrition in addition to IV fluids, and antibiotics are often prescribed for this condition. An anti-inflammatory medication may also be prescribed, to help settle down the inflammation in the pancreas.http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/pancreatitis.html
If your dog has not been prescribed any medication by his vet, put a call in to your vet to ask about this. Also, report that he has not eaten for 8 days and request he be given IV nutrition and fluids, if the fluids you mentioned were not given recently.
If the vet told you that you need to encourage your dog to eat, you can dropper feed him watered down plain jarred baby food chicken and chicken broth by Beechnut Stage 1. If you can't get this brand, make sure that any other one you choose does not contain any onion product, seasonings or preservatives. Use a 1cc sized dropper (or you can use a pet/pediatric medicine syringe also) and give him 1 dropperful every 20 minutes for an hour, then repeat in 2-3 hours.
I hope all will be well with your dog.
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Edited by Cher on 1/29/2010 at 2:51 AM EST