Pancreatitis in pets is painful and horrible. This time of year, during the Holidays, pets can get too much fatty foods from table scraps during your families get togethers. So please always be aware of your pet when hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Don’t let Grandma or Auntie sneak a few morsels of food under the table to Rover or Mittens!!! 😉
Pets can get pancreatitis not just from eating fatty foods and can be triggered by medications, surgeries, etc……. Senior pets are prone to getting it as well as some certain dog breeds. This disease should be taken seriously and your pet must go see the Vet for care. Don’t just try and heal alone and hope for the best. Your pet should not have to suffer cause you think you got it and can handle it. No one wants to see any animal in pain and be so very sick. Be proactive and get your pet proper care.
We had 2 cats in our past that had pancreatitis. One caused by a diet change. The other was unknown what caused it.
It was no fun for them as well as for me to have to worry and to really watch them closely. One of our cats actually became a diabetic after he had it. I don’t know if it caused it or was just timing since he was a senior. He did well for many years with his diabetes and insulin. Lots of monitoring and constant care and love.
Holding back food, water and meds for the first 24 hours was key for helping the pancreas rest. Hydration is very important afterwards. IV fluids or if your pet will drink, we bought plain Pedialite and put in there water bowls. Of course monitoring their drinking to make sure they did not get dehydrated from not drinking enough. I would check by pulling up their skin on their backs and if the skin bounced back, then they were hydrated enough. If it bounced back very slowly then they needed more fluids. (these are things I did and always listen to your Vet and don’t just go by my words here. Every situation is different. My Vet had me do home care since I work at home and was able to monitor their illnesses)
Info I found online about what to watch for:
Symptoms usually in a dog:
- Loss of appetite
- belly discomfort/pain
- A fever or low body temperature
- No energy
- A hard time breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
So never take a pets illness for granted. Take them to their Vet!!!