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Feeding Pets With Pancreatitis
« on: June 10, 2017, 10:36:55 AM »
Pancreatitis affects thousands of dogs and cats every day. While the usual blame is a high-fat meal, getting into the trash, or other dietary indiscretion, there are many factors that may play a role. Abdominal trauma in the area of the pancreas, high calcium levels in the blood, obesity, toxins, and some drugs, like steroids may all contribute to the syndrome. Dogs with Cushings Disease are particularly prone to pancreatitis, as they have high circulating cortisol (steroid) levels. Although pancreatitis can occur in any dog breed, it occurs more frequently in the Miniature Schnauzer, Miniature Poodle, Yorkie, and Cocker Spaniel. Inflammation of the pancreas is also more common in females than in males, and more common in elderly dogs.

Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fever, weight loss (more common in cats), dehydration, lethargy, and mild to moderate abdominal pain. Pancreatitis can be life threatening if not treated appropriately, particularly in a severe acute attack.

Any underlying disorders that might contribute to pancreatitis should be ruled out, including laboratory testing for calcium and cortisol levels. Drugs that might be contributing to the disease should be discontinued as soon as possible, if possible.

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