Don’t Panic! Navigating Pancreatitis in Pets

Puppy on ottomanIn an emergency practice, one of the most common problems we are asked to address is the complaint of vomiting and diarrhea. Since the causes of vomiting and diarrhea are varied, questions about lifestyle, breed, and diet often come into play when we are working to diagnose the issue. Since our furry companions can’t speak for themselves, we rely heavily on owner’s information to provide clues to an underlying reason for the condition.

Pancreatitis is one of the culprits for the distressing signs of vomiting and diarrhea. In layman’s terms, Pancreatitis means inflammation of the pancreas. The job of the pancreas is to secrete enzymes to aid in digesting food. It is a small, pink organ located in the upper abdomen. Continue…