Pancreatitis In Cats Treatment
What Is Pancreatitis in Cats?
Has your cat been diagnosed with pancreatitis? If so, there is so much you can do to help your cat feel better with a natural holistic approach. The pancreas is a small organ located between your cat’s stomach and intestines. It produces hormones that help to regulate blood sugar and also makes digestive enzymes that break down fat, protein and carbohydrates. Pancreatitis in cats occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. The digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas are activated too soon and the pancreas can begin to digest itself. Due to the wide range of pancreatic functions, the symptoms may be similar to other health issues.
Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Cats
Dogs with pancreatitis will vomit and show signs of abdominal pain, while many cats do not show any obvious clinical signs. The most common signs of pancreatitis in cats are:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Increased thirst and urination
- Jaundice (yellowing of gums, skin or whites of the eyes)
Some cats will develop vomiting, fever, increased heart rate, and a tender abdomen, but these symptoms are rarer in feline pancreatitis.
Causes of Pancreatitis in Cats
Feline pancreatitis is common but most of the time, there is no one specific cause (whereas in dogs it is most often due to eating high fat or spoiled foods). The development of pancreatitis in cats has been linked to the following:
- Adverse drug reactions
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Chronic pancreatitis is often experienced concurrent to IBD in cats.
- Liver Disease – Cholangitis is often concurrent with pancreatitis in cats.
- Infection – Certain infectious disorders, such as toxoplasmosis and feline infectious peritonitis, have been cited as possible causes of pancreatitis. Toxoplasmosis can cause respiratory and nervous system inflammation and weaken immune response. Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease in which the body creates an intense inflammatory response to certain strains of feline coronavirus.
- Trauma - Being hit by a car or a high fall can trigger the onset of pancreatitis.
- Parasites – Gastrointestinal parasites such as worms (Hookworms, tapeworms) or protozoan parasites (coccidian, giardia) are possible causes of pancreatitis.
Diet also has a huge impact on a cat’s chances of getting pancreatitis, as do genetics. Siamese cats have been shown to have a predisposition for developing the disease. It is also more common in middle age and older cats.
Types of Feline Pancreatitis
Cats can suffer from two different forms of pancreatitis: acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis, with the chronic type being more common in cats. The symptoms will present similarly, but acute pancreatitis can quickly lead to systemic inflammation and needs to be treated immediately. Chronic pancreatitis is a long-term condition which can be well managed by identifying and controlling flare-ups, using natural supplements and feeding a supportive pancreatic diet.
Diet can be a common trigger for flare-ups. Most cat foods contain fillers such as corn, wheat, rice and legumes that can cause inflammation over time. Dietary management and a few natural supplements can be life-changing for your cat. The goal of holistic treatment is to use digestive enzymes to break down the protein and fats, making it easier for your cat to digest food. This takes the burden off the pancreas and helps your cat feel more comfortable. Avoiding chemicals, fillers and food allergens can also make a tremendous difference. Many pet owners are not aware that the "premium" food they are feeding is actually contributing to their cat's condition.
Triaditis is the concurrent inflammation of the pancreas, liver and small intestines. Many cats with pancreatitis also have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and cholangitis or hepatic lipidosis, both liver diseases.
The triad begins just beyond the stomach, in the duodenum - the first section of the small intestine. In cats, the bile duct (from the liver) and the pancreatic duct both open into the duodenum. The feline duodenum is rich in bacteria and vomiting, a common symptom of all three conditions, can cause reflux back into both the liver and pancreatic ducts, easily spreading illness to other organs. This triangle of organs are involved in the same processes and inflammation can occur concurrently. The three separate conditions share similar symptoms, so it can be hard to diagnose one or all of the diseases. Triaditis has been reported* in over 50% of cats diagnosed with pancreatitis and approximately 40% of those with cholangitis or inflammatory liver disease.
*Reference: NAVC - How I Treat Feline Triaditis. World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2014. David C. Twedt, DVM, DACVIM. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA.
Treatment for triaditis is focused on the organ most responsible for the clinical signs. All three conditions can be caused by bacteria or abnormal immune response. Cats with triaditis do best when they support all three organs affected by the inflammatory response.
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“For 2 years now I have been giving Teesha various natural remedies for pancreatitis, including from vets. but he didn't start making significant progress until I gave him the Ask Ariel Pancreatitis Kit a couple of months ago. He now eats on his own again, and only vomits occasionally a small amount of liquid and for the first time since his illness, I saw him grooming himself a little. He will be 15 years old this year. Thank you Ask Ariel for your dedication to providing the best possible natural pet remedies.” - Jane Y, AZ
Natural Feline Pancreatitis Treatment: How To Treat Pancreatitis in Cats at Home
For long-term management of pancreatitis, cats need to eat a reduced-fat, anti-inflammatory diet free of grains. Also, using specific digestive enzymes for cats with pancreatitis is essential. Below you’ll find supplements that we have found to be effective in treating pancreatitis in cats naturally.
Cats with pancreatitis can be finicky eaters, so it's important to use supplements that are tasteless and easy to administer.
Lypozyme for Pets A powerful yet easy-to-administer powdered natural enzyme that can be mixed into food. It is veterinary-approved and has a stronger potency and purity than digestive enzymes purchased at a pet store. Cats will generally eat it readily as it has minimal taste and odor. Why are digestive enzymes necessary? Pets with pancreatitis need an enzyme specially formulated to help them break down fats and protein. This takes the workload off the pancreas and digestive system. It’s safe, natural, made with no fillers and made in the USA.
Power Probiotic - LypoZyme works best when used in conjunction with Power Probiotic. Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for pets. Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain supplement promotes the growth of friendly bacteria that are essential to a healthy digestive system. Power Probiotic helps relieve discomfort associated with pancreatitis and is critical to use if your pet has taken antibiotics and steroids. Most cats love the taste too (please click on the link to view a video of a cat scarfing down Power Probiotic).
Please include your cat's diet on the order form at checkout. Diet changes are an integral part of improving your cat's condition and helping to prevent future flare-ups of pancreatitis. Our nutritionist will review your cat's health issues and diet and include a few diet tips on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.
“Our cat Oliver was diagnosed with pancreatitis and was hospitalized. He was very listless and didn't want to eat. We were so worried about him. It is very hard to give him medicine but I was SO glad the Lypozyme pills were so small and it was easy to give to him. I opened the capsules and mixed them with the Power Probiotic (which he liked the taste of) in his canned food. It really seemed to help his appetite and gave us our kitty back. He hasn't had another flareup since. Thank
you!" - Lynette, Los Angeles
Why Use Ask Ariel Supplements To Help Your Pet With Pancreatitis?
Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using supplements for their own health and now want the same for their pets. Our premium natural pet supplements have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's remedies are selected based on quality scientific research and proven results. A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) will give your pet the best chance of healing and recovery. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients, which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are recommended by veterinarians nationwide.
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