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Pancreatitis in Dogs

German Shepherd Dog eating out of a bowl in a field


Overview


Inflammation of the pancreas, causing leakage of the digestive enzymes whereby the pancreas literally starts to "digest itself".

Pancreatitis can be acute (sudden) or chronic (happening over a course of time). Both acute and chronic forms are serious and can be life threatening, especially the acute form. Some symptoms include vomiting, not eating, painful abdomen, hunched appearance, fever or below-normal body temperature, diarrhea, depression, dehydration, evaluated by noting sunken eyes and dry mouth.


Treatment


Treatment for this disease is supportive, meaning that there isn't usually a direct cause and cure, but supporting the animal while allowing healing.

The veterinary team will take care of the animal's fluid needs via IV, pain management, and will address any other disease processes (infection, diabetes, etc.) while letting the pancreas heal on its own. Resting the pancreas and gastrointestinal system is key, and this means no food or water by mouth for 1 to 5 or more days while on IV fluids.

This is dependent on the severity of each case, and the animal must be on fluids and other support to survive and heal the pancreas while off of oral food and water.


Cost to Treat: Approximately $800 to $6,000


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