Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats

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Filed Under: Internal Medicine

The pancreas is a vital gland that is in the abdomen, near the stomach, liver and intestines.  The pancrea has two general jobs.  One part of the pancreas makes insulin, which helps control your blood surgar levels.  When the pancreas cannot adequately control blood sugar levels complications, such as diabetes mellitus, develop.  The second part of the pancreas makes the enzymes that help you digest food properly so that nutrients can be absorbed by your body.

When the pancreas becomes inflamed, it is called pancreatitis.  There can be severe consequences, including life threatening ones, both short term and long term when pancreatitis develops.

There are two main types of pancreatitis, though there is often overlap between the two forms:

  • In acute pancreatitis, it is possible for the pancreas to heal completely
  • In chronic pancreatitis there is long lasting or permanent damage, though your Pet still has the potential to feel good and have a good quality of life.

Causes and treatment of pancreatitis are included in the article below provided by Veterinary Specialists: