The pancreas is a small organ that forms part of the gastrointestinal tract and is responsible for secreting digestive enzymes that assist with the digestion and break down of foods.

Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed and cannot correctly produce these enzymes.  These enzymes can also leak from the inflamed pancreas and damage surrounding tissues.

In many cases the case of the pancreatitis is unknown however there are things that can increase the risk of pancreatitis developing.  These include

  • Obesity
  • Eating foods with a high fat content
  • Liver disease
  • Prolonged use of steroidal medication
  • Post abdominal trauma or surgery
  • Middle aged – older animals
  • Previous history of pancreatitis

Identifying symptoms early and and beginning treatment as soon as possible will give your pet the best chance of recovery.

Symptoms include

  • Lethargy
  • Inappetence
  • Vomiting
  • Painful Abdomen

Remember: If your pet has had pancreatitis in the past they are at a must higher risk of developing it again so stay vigilant!