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Does your pet suffer from Pancreatitis

Updated on June 29, 2010

Does your pet suffer from Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis and your pet

 If your pet particularly a dog starts showing loss of appetite, vomiting, restlessness, abdominal pain, fever and depression it could have pancreas problems. In cats, the signs are much more vague.

 The pancreas is a glandular organ located near the stomach. Its two main functions are to produce enzymes that aid in the digestion of food, especially fats, and to manufacture hormones such as insulin, which controls body sugar levels. With inflammation of the pancreas, or pancreatitis, the organ’s own enzymes leak out and start to digest its tissue.

The condition is more common in dogs than in cats, and overweight, middle-aged female dogs are most susceptible. Breeds such as schnauzers, miniature poodles, cocker spaniels and Siamese cats seem more prone. Triggers for the onset of pancreatitis are often fatty meals or the administration of cortisones, and it requires immediate veterinary attention.

Treatment includes stopping all food and fluids by mouth, followed by intravenous fluids and drugs to treat pain, vomiting and infection.

Recovery is usually good after a few days, in several cases pancreatitis can be fatal. Recurrence is quite common, unless good preventive measures are taken. There are many where diabetic insulin injections are recommended and enzyme supplements are added to diet.
Prevention is centred on weight loss if the pet is obese. Avoiding cortisone drugs if they are implemented and most importantly high fibre diet for life.

 

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