Pancreatitis in Cats

31 Aug 2018

August 31, 2018

So, let us understand what is Pancreatitis?  The pancreas is part of the endocrine and digestive system which main part producing enzymes to digest foods and produce insulin. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the flow of enzymes into the digestive tract can become disrupted, forcing enzymes out of the pancreas and into the abdominal area.

When this occurs, the digestive enzymes will break down fat and proteins in other organs, as well as in the pancreas; in effect, the body begins to digest itself.  With their proximity to the pancreas the kidneys and liver can also be affected. If bleeding occurs this can cause severe permanent damage to organs and brain damage shock and death can follow.

Symptoms like vomiting, sluggishness, loss of appetite or fever can be stabilised with digestive enzymes.

Animals need some raw food and a variety therefore pets can have enzyme deficient sometimes food needs to be supplemented can reduce episodes of pancreatitis.

The actual job of the pancreas is to produce digestive enzymes and secrete hormones used in a metabolic process such as insulin and glucagon, when damaged digestive enzymes escape causing damage to pancreas and liver which is nearby. It is estimated that between 40 to 70 percent of cats show signs of pancreatitis at autopsy. Not all cats die of a problem with the pancreas.  

What are the symptoms to look for? Fever, Loss of appetite becoming anorexia, Weight loss, Dehydration, Fatigue and sluggishness, Increased heart rate, and Breathing Difficulties

So, what are the causes? Bowel or liver disease, Traiditis, Diabetes mellitus, certain types of infections, abdominal trauma, exposure to insecticides, and some stings, this is more common in female than male and older cats.

In some cases, tissue growth cysts or abscesses in the body can occur.

Good food and diet and being careful with what is used in the garden prevention is better than cure and having to seek medical attention.

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