How to recognize and treat dog pancreatitis.
The pancreas is an organ that produces bicarbonate to reduce stomach acid as well as other enzymes to help in digestion. When it becomes inflamed, the pancreas activates various enzymes that start digesting itself. This can cause a number of serious health issues for your dog.
There are no definitive reasons why dog pancreatitis starts, but a dog that eats a high fat diet, has liver disease, has recently had surgery or suffered serious infection is more likely to contract the disease.
Dog Pancreatitis Symptoms
Symptoms of pancreatitis vary greatly. Most dogs experience a loss of appetite, lethargy and possibly vomiting or diarrhea. There may also be signs of pain and fever.
These symptoms are similar to many other diseases, so it is very important to see a vet immediately for a proper diagnosis. This is done by checking blood counts, and checking for enzymes usually present in the case of pancreatitis.
Dog Pancreatitis: Treatment
Pancreatitis is a serious, potentially fatal, disease and should be treated immediately. Generally, food and water are withheld for as long as 72 hours. After which subcutaneous or intravenous fluid will be administered.
When food and water are given, they are re-introduced gradually to see how the dog responds. If the dog manages to hold the food down, and there is no vomiting within 24 hours, the food will be increased.
During this time the dog will also be given antibiotics, and may be held in a crate to minimize movement.
Specific advice for reducing Pancreatitis is difficult, because it is hard to pinpoint an exact cause of the disease.
However, feeding your dog a balanced, low-fat, low-sodium diet, and exercising him daily, may reduce the risk of dog pancreatitis.