Pancreatitis In Your Bulldogs
Before we discuss pancreatitis in your dog, let’s first discuss the pancreas and some of it’s functions.
What Is The Purpose Of the Pancreas?
The pancreas is an organ. It’s purpose is to produce and store enzymes for your dog’s digestion, like in sugars and proteins. Coincidentally, the pancreas is also structured and made up of proteins, sugars and fats, to name a few. Consequently it is possible for the pancreas to digest itself. Because it is so perfectly made, it has many checks and balances to avoid self digestion. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, it’s balance begins to break down. When this breakdown occurs, it is call pancreatitis.
How Serious Is Pancreatitis In Dogs?
Pancreatitis in your dog can be mild to very serious, but in most cases treatable. It’s important to know that pancreatitis in dogs and people are two completely different conditions, in that the association in dogs is not as strong. In humans pancreatitis is usually associated with cancer. This is not the case in dogs.
What Causes Pancreatitis.
Some breeds of dogs, like the Schnauzer, are more vulnerable or predisposed to pancreatitis, but it can affect all dog breeds. Sometimes, rich foods that stimulate the pancreas can begin the onset of the illness. Some of the symptoms of pancreatitis, are vomiting, dehydration, loss of appetite and intense abdominal pain. If your dog shows any symptoms of this disease, it should be immediately be checked by a veterinarian.
Testing For Pancreatitis In Dogs
When your dog is taken to the vet and is suspected of having Pancreatitis, a blood test will be done. What your vet is looking for is the increased levels of ambalyse and lypase to name a few. If the blood work shows that these levels are in fact increased, then there is definitely something going on in the pancreas because it’s releasing those enzymes into the blood stream.
Treating Pancreatitis In Dogs
One of the approaches to treating pancreatitis is to tone down the pancreas. To do this , most vets will begin with placing your dog on a fast. They will also continue treatment with IV fluids and or nutrition, antibiotics to fight off bacteria that has come through the intestinal wall. When you dog’s pancreas has been toned down, it’s time for a low fat, bland diet.