Dr. Joel Conn’s segment “Pet Tips” aired Monday on 95.3 The Beach! The topic was “Pancreatitis.” Tune in every Friday morning at 10:40am to hear more Pet Tips!
This week on Pet Tips We’re going to talk about Pancreatitis in Dogs
Pancreatitis is a very common and potentially life threatening disease of both dogs and cats that is characterized by inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that lays just adjacent to the stomach and liver, and is responsible for producing enzymes to help in the digestion of food, among other things.
Inflammation of the pancreas, or pancreatitis, can result from a number of causes including fatty foods, infection, trauma, obesity, concurrent conditions like diabetes, liver, or intestinal disease, and breed predispositions. In many cases we cannot identify an underlying cause. Miniature schnauzers, cocker spaniels, miniature poodles and Siamese cats are particularly susceptible.
Symptoms of pancreatitis include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.
If you suspect your pet might have these symptoms, a visit to your veterinarian is very important. Pancreatitis can be diagnosed and differentiated from other conditions by performing a thorough physical exam, blood work (including a specific blood test for pancreatitis), and ultrasound.
The good news is that treatment is available and typically includes fluid therapy, dietary modification, anti nausea medications, antacids, and pain control. Depending on the severity of the disease, your veterinarian may recommend hospitalization.
Pancreatitis can be avoided, and prevention starts by first making sure that your pet maintains a healthy weight for life and by getting regular check-ups with your veterinarian. Try substituting high fat treats and table scraps with regular dog or cat treats or even vegetables.
This is Dr. Joel Conn from Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic. I’ll be back next week with more pet tips. For more information, visit us online at pismobeachvet.com, check us out on facebook, or come see us at 990 Price Street, Pismo Beach. We are open 7 days a week.