Pancreatitis in Dogs

Pancreatitis in Dogs

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Pancreatitis in dogs is one of the situations that must be attended by the owner. The warning signs may not always be obvious and may be mistaken for something less serious, but pancreatitis in dogs can be life-threatening. Pancreatitis is often described as chronic or acute. Chronic means that the disease develops over time, while acute is sudden.
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Symptoms :

The veterinary community recognizes that dogs have two levels of pancreatitis: mild and severe.

Mild Pancreatitis:

  • Swelling or pain in the abdomen

  • Discomfort or unable to find a comfortable place to lie down

  • Dehydration

  • Loss of appetite

  • Bent over a hump while standing or walking

  • Vomit

  • Diarrhea, oily, yellow

  • Heat

  • Severe pancreatitis

Dogs with more severe cases of pancreatitis may experience these symptoms; however, they are more likely to have more severe symptoms that can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. 

Severe Symptoms :

  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation

  • Arrhythmia

  • Sepsis

  • Difficulty breathing


Causes :

It is often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of pancreatitis. (One of the most common risk factors is clear food, which can sometimes be triggered when dogs eat high-fat foods. Severe trauma or surgery can also cause pancreatitis, which is related to the use of certain medications. )

There are many causes and risk factors for pancreatitis, including:

  • High-fat diet (this is the main cause of pancreatitis, especially for dogs who eat a large meal at a time)

  • Obesity

  • Hypothyroidism (or other endocrine diseases)

  • Severe blunt injury

  • Diabetes 

Human food is particularly dangerous, especially high-fat foods are most likely to cause pancreatitis. Therefore, during holidays and other festivals, the owner needs to be especially vigilant.

Treatment :

Avoid Do-It-Yourself Treatments While many pets benefit from holistic medicine and natural treatments, there are times when a vet should evaluate some conditions. If you prefer to treat illnesses through a holistic route, there are plenty of certified holistic vets available that can help immediately treat your dog's pancreatitis.

It's crucial that you never attempt do-it-yourself treatments such as tips read on the internet or 'cures' that work for people; dogs and humans are not the same, and they do not respond similarly to certain foods and chemical substances. While you may think that you're administering a 'calming herb' to your dog, you may actually be worsening their condition or even poisoning them. This is a serious condition and should always be assessed by a trained professional.

Prevention :

Although pancreatitis can't be completely prevented, these following tips will help reduce the risk of pancreatitis in Dogs:

  • Don't make your dog overweight-weight management is as important to our four-legged friends as we are!

  • Avoid high-fat diets.

  • Avoid giving your dog table scraps

  • Be sure to discuss with your veterinarian all the medications your dog is receiving.

  • Don't let your dog come into contact with trash!

  • Learn about chronic pancreatitis in dogs.

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