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Pancreatitis in Cats

Pancreatitis in cats occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. Inflammation usually affects the digestive enzymes of the pancreas. There are two forms of pancreatitis – acute and chronic pancreatitis.

Chronic Pancreatitis in Cats

Of the two types of pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis in cats is more common. This is a long-term disease in which the pancreatitis comes and goes. When the pancreatitis rears up, more aggressive treatment will be needed.  Once your cat has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, every meal should include Lypozyme -- a digestive enzyme specifically designed to break down fats. For cat with pancreatitis,  using the complete Pancreatitis Kit, which includes the Lypozyme for Pets and Power Probiotic can be especially helpful.  Need help deciding which products would be best for your pet? Please email us at askariel1@gmail.com and we will be glad to help.

Pancreatic Cancer in Cats

Pancreatic cancer in cats is rare, but when it strikes it is aggressive. It is detectible by tumors in the pancreas. However, symptoms don’t often appear until the cancer is advanced. Symptoms will include abdominal pain, swollen belly, vomiting and weight loss.

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Causes of Pancreatitis in Cats

Upwards of 90% of pancreatitis cases have no known cause. However, doctors have found a few things linked to the development of pancreatitis in cats. The following are all potential causes of pancreatitis in cats:

  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Parasites
  • Drugs

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.

Symptoms of pancreatitis in cats vary from those of dogs. Pancreatitis symptoms include: lethargy, loss of appetite, dehydration, low body temperature and increased respiratory rate.

Cat Pancreatitis Treatment

Fluid therapy will be needed for cats that are diagnosed with pancreatitis. Food may need to be withheld for up to 48 hours if the cat is vomiting. If it’s chronic pancreatitis, corticosteroids and metronidazole can be beneficial. Acute pancreatitis can lead to kidney failure, respiratory failure or death. Treatment of acute pancreatitis should include plasma administration.

Lypozyme for Pets is a powerful yet small, easy to administer powdered natural medication 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.