What is pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is a painful inflammation of the pancreas that can make pets extremely ill. The pancreas is an abdominal organ that produces digestive enzymes that break down dietary fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. The pancreas also produces insulin, which helps move glucose from the blood into cells for energy production.
What causes pancreatitis in pets?
Most pancreatitis cases occur after a pet eats a high-fat meal. Pancreatitis cases typically increase around the holidays, when pet owners or their house guests often give the pet turkey trimmings or ham drippings to include him in the celebrations. These fatty treats stimulate a sudden release of pancreatic enzymes that helps fat digestion and can cause severe inflammation, and tissue damage. Toxins released from damaged tissue cause a systemic inflammatory response and severe illness.
Signs of pancreatitis:
How is pancreatitis diagnosed?
Routine blood panel
Spec. CPL / FPL test
How are pets with pancreatitis treated?
Pancreatitis is treated on the severity of the symptoms. Mild cases may need minimal treatment, while severe cases require intravenous fluids and electrolytes during several days of hospitalization. Anti-vomiting and anti-diarrheal medications can be used to treat symptoms, and pain medications can keep pets comfortable.