Pancreatitis in pets a common holiday concern

10/30/2012 | San Ramon Express (Pleasanton, Calif.)

Pancreatitis -- inflammation of the pancreas that can be fatal in severe cases -- causes pain, vomiting, lethargy, decreased appetite and a fever in dogs and may be caused by ingesting a fatty meal, such as turkey from the holiday table, writes veterinarian Kristel Weaver. Diagnostic tests including blood work and ultrasound help veterinarians diagnose pancreatitis. Treatment involves withholding food to rest the pancreas as well as giving pain medication and antibiotics, according to Dr. Weaver. Cats also can suffer from pancreatitis, but it's usually not associated with eating a high-fat meal, and cats tend to have more subtle symptoms than dogs.

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