Pancreatitis In Dogs

The pancreas is an organ that functions to produce important digestive enzymes and insulin. The enzymes are necessary for digestion of food and converting it into forms that can be used by the cells of the body. Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. When this happens, the enzymes that are still in the pancreas become activated and ‘digest’ the pancreatic tissue, a problem that can be life-threatening for dogs. 

One of the important predisposing factors of pancreatitis in dogs is consuming a high-fat meal. There are also certain drugs and chemotherapy medications that can increase a dog’s risk to developing pancreatitis. Among the canine breeds, miniature schnauzers have been found to be the most common breed to be diagnosed with the problem. Diabetic dogs are also more predisposed to it as well. 

Sudden changes in your pet’s health and/or behavior should warrant an appointment with your vet clinic Thorold, ON sooner rather than later.


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