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Pancreatitis in Dogs

Pancreatitis in dogs occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed or swollen. Commonly this occurs because of the animal’s diet, however some diseases cause dogs to become more susceptible to getting pancreatitis. Cases of pancreatitis can range from mild to severe.

Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs

Acute pancreatitis is a more severe form of the ailment, which can cause excessive pain in the dog’s abdomen, vomiting and even shock. One type of acute pancreatitis in dogs that is especially severe is fulminant necrotizing pancreatitis, which can be fatal if not treated immediately.

Once your dog has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, every meal should include Lypozyme -- a digestive enzyme specifically designed to break down fats. For dogs with pancreatitis, we strongly recommend using the complete Pancreatitis Kit, which includes the Lypozyme for Pets and additional supplements. Need help deciding which products would be best for your pet? Please email us at support@askariel.com and we will be glad to help.


Pancreatic Cancer in Dogs

Pancreatic cancer in dogs occurs when tumors form in the pancreas, the organ responsible for regulating sugar and digesting food. It is a rare disease, accounting for only 5% of all cancers in dogs. Symptoms include: abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, weight loss, anorexia, loss of appetite, loss of coordination, seizures and hair loss.

What are Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs?

Pancreatitis in dogs is expressed in the form of a number of symptoms, including:

*Lack of appetite *Weakness *Abdominal pain *Diarrhea *Vomiting *Unusual stool color *Hunched up posture *Swollen abdomen *Moaning or wailing *Difficulty breathing

If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately. Pancreatitis is very painful and requires treatment, which can involve withholding all food and water.

Pancreatitis in Dogs – Treatment Options

Once a dog has gotten pancreatitis it is very likely that they will get it again, and the pancreas can sustain permanent damage.

For acute pancreatitis in dogs, hospitalization is needed to keep the dog from dehydrating or going into shock. In all cases the dog will be given antibiotics and food and water will be withheld. Intravenous saline solutions will be administered to restore hydration and electrolyte balance. If the dog doesn’t respond to the treatments, surgery may be needed.

Once your dog has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, every meal should include a digestive enzyme to break down fats. For dogs with pancreatitis, we strongly recommend using the complete Pancreatitis Kit, which includes the Lypozyme for Pets and additional supplements. Need help deciding which products would be best for your pet? Please email us at support@askariel.com and we will be glad to help.