Lucie’s inflamed pancreas is cured!

Recently this cutie, Lucie, was experiencing some strange symptoms including vomiting, loss of appetite and severe abdominal pain (as noticed by the cat’s constant pawing. He mom brought her in for a checkup and Dr. Smallwood found out that poor Lucie had a severely inflamed pancreas and was able to successfully treat her and get her back to normal. We thought we’d take a moment to tell you what exactly the pancreas is and why it’s so important to get it checked out if your pet is acting strange, like Lucie was.

So what exactly is the pancreatitis? 

The pancreas is part of the endocrine and digestive system, which is integral for the digestion of foods, producing the enzymes that digest food, and producing insulin. When a condition occurs to cause inflammation of the pancreas, the flow of enzymes into the digestive tract can become disrupted, forcing the enzymes out of the pancreas and into the abdominal area.

If this occurs, the digestive enzymes will begin to break down fat and proteins in the other organs, as well as in the pancreas. In effect, the body begins to digest itself. Because of their proximity to the pancreas, the kidney and liver can also be affected when this progression takes place, and the abdomen will become inflamed, and possibly infected as well. If bleeding occurs in the pancreas, shock, and even death can follow.

Inflammation of the pancreas (or pancreatitis) often progresses rapidly in dogs, but can often be treated without any permanent damage to the organ. However, if pancreatitis goes long-term without treatment, severe organ, and even brain damage can occur.

How is it treated?

Every case is different, but usually after detection your pet will receive fluids and medication via an IV. As always, every case is different so please don’t assume that it’s going to be this simple.

Hopefully this helps! If your pet is feeling bad like Lucie make sure to bring them in for an evaluation so we can get them back to feeling good ASAP!