As veterinarians at Veterinary Clinics Aruba, we have seen many pet owners feed their dogs what they leave behind, for example, leftovers from fried food. While some believe this is not harmful to their pets, such fried foods may increase the risk of pancreatitis in dogs. This condition can be not only severe but life-threatening if left untreated. We recommend that pet owners learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options available for pancreatitis. We invite you to read this article.
You should know that pancreatitis in dogs is usually caused by inflammation of the pancreas, as you probably know, the pancreas is an organ located near the stomach and intestines. Inflammation can be caused by a number of factors, including an unfortunately high-fat diet, obesity in the pet, and certain medications or even genetic predisposition. Although sometimes, the cause may also be unknown.
Not all symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs are the same. Your pet may show for example signs of vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, fever and sluggishness. Now, these symptoms can be mild or severe, depending on the severity of the condition.
If you suspect that your dog may have Pancreatitis due to these symptoms, it is essential that you take him to our veterinary clinic for a proper diagnosis.
How do we diagnose?
Basically, we will perform a physical examination and we will recommend that you do a blood test on your pet, it may also include images or other tools to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment options for pancreatitis in dogs may include hospitalization, intravenous fluids, pain management, and antibiotics. As veterinarians, you need to understand that we can also recommend dietary changes to help manage the condition and prevent future episodes. We know it may seem difficult to change habits but it will be the best.
What should you do to prevent pancreatitis in your dog? First of all, understand the fundamentals of avoiding feeding your own food if it is high in fat, including leftover chips. Instead, feeding your dog a balanced diet that meets his nutritional needs is vital to his overall health. Regular exercise and routine checkups with our veterinary team can also help identify any potential problems early on. Remember that any possible disease diagnosed in time can be treated.
If your dog has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, it’s critical to follow our recommended treatment plan and make any necessary lifestyle changes to manage the condition. We will work hand in hand to provide you with ongoing support and follow-up to ensure the health and well-being of your pet.
We understand the concern that as a pet caregiver, you may feel when your dog is diagnosed with pancreatitis. We are committed to providing the highest level of care and expertise in managing this condition. If you suspect that your dog may be experiencing symptoms of Pancreatitis, do not hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment. Together, we can help ensure your dog’s health and happiness.