Pancreatitis in dogs

  • Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, an organ which site near the stomach, it  is a fairly common condition in dogs

  • Pancreatitis in dogs causes abdominal pain and animals usually present with gastrointestinal signs 

  • It is important to see your veterinarian if your pet has any signs of pancreatitis

 

Symptoms 

  • Abdominal pain, you may see your pet in ‘preyer position’ with their back end in the air and head down 

  • Vomiting 

  • Anorexia (not wanting to eat, at all or less than normal)

  • Diarrhoea 

  • Weight loss 

 

Always contact a veterinarian if your pet has any of these symptoms. 

 

Pancreatitis is more common in dogs which are overweight, often dogs will display signs of pancreatitis after eating something high in fat or after surgery or if they have been unwell. 

 

Diagnosis will usually involve a combination of history, clinical signs, physical examination, blood tests and x-rays or ultrasound. 

 

Treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms your dog is displaying. In mild cases your pet can usually be managed with symptomatic treatment as an outpatient, in more severe cases your pet will be admitted for fluids, intravenous medication and veterinary supervision. 

 

Animals who have had pancreatitis in the past may be more prone to develop pancreatitis again in the future. Your veterinarian may advise keeping your pet on a low fat diet long term, they will be able to prescribe this for you. Always avoid giving your per fatty treats such as sausages or cheese as this may be a trigger factor for them developing pancreatitis in the future.