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What is Canine Pancreatitis?

Canine pancreatitis is a difficult condition to manage. It can be found in any breed at any time, but it can be treated by your Veterinary Surgeon. It's a good idea to know what symptoms to look out for. While it doesn’t affect the masses, it is still common enough that it helps to be aware of what to look out for before it turns deadly.

Canine pancreatitis is essentially the inflammation of the pancreas, the organ that produces hormones like insulin. It can occur out of nowhere or gradually build up. Existing considitons like diabetes, Cushing’s disease and hypothyroidism can lead to it, as well as obesity, untreated bacterial or viral infections, metabolic issues and physical trauma to the area.

These are some of the main symptoms that occur with canine pancreatitis:

  • Vomiting
  • Drinking a lot of water (and then vomiting)
  • Dehydration
  • Sunken eyes
  • Acting lethargic and weak
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Loss of appeitite
  • Diarrhoea

These can be symptoms of other things as well and does not necessarily mean your dog will have pancreatitis. Always get them checked by a vet as quickly as possible though. Your vet will do a blood test if they suspect pancreatitis to confirm it or imaging such as a scan or X-Ray.

To treat pancreatitis, your vet will probably recommend withholding foods and water from the dog to help relieve some of the strain on the pancreas. IV fluids will be given so they don’t get dehydrated. They may also be given medication to help with the inflammation and pain. Of course, your canine pal won’t be too happy about this, but it will help them.

If your dog has pancreatitis, there is a good chance they could get it again. Your vet will discuss the best course of action, including diet adjustments that are low in fat.The great news is that Barker and Barker natural dog treats are low fat so can still be fed once your pet is stable and as the odd reward.

Canine pancreatitis is completely treatable, but the sooner you recognise the signs and get them to the vet, the better!

Posted On: 02/10/2017

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