Acute pancreatitis is a serious, sometimes life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas.
Common clinical signs include anorexia, pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Treatment: Acute pancreatitis is treated with a three-day fast, fluid therapy, and antibiotics. When the pet returns to solid food, special foods that decrease the workload of the pancreas and further medications may be indicated.
Diagnosis of pancreatitis is accomplished by blood chemistry analysis.
Breed predispositions: Certain small breeds are highly predisposed to pancreatitis. Once the problem occurs it is likely to recurr, indicating special low fat, high fiber diets for the rest of the pet’s life.
Table scraps or human food should never be offered to a pet who has suffered pancreatitis.