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The pancreas is a v-shaped o***n located behind the stomach and the first section of the small intestine. it has two main functions: 1) produce insulin to help the body metabolize sugar and 2) produce enzymes to digest food. when the pancreas becomes inflamed from an excess growth of digestive fluids, it leads to a condition called pancreatitis.
pancreatitis can occur suddenly (acute) or over a course of time (chronic). middle-aged (about seven years old) and elderly dogs are more prone to canine pancreatitis with female dogs having a higher likelihood of obtaining it than male dogs. genetics can also play a role. yorkshire terriers and miniature schnauzers are more often prone to have the condition.
symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs
the common symptoms of pancreatitis are abdominal pain, vomiting, decreased appetite and/or weakness. pancreatitis is very painful and not to mention serious and can be life-threatening. if you suspect your dog has pancreatitis, call your veterinary office and schedule an appointment.
when you go in, the veterinary assistant will take your dog’s vital signs (temperature, pulse, and respiration rate). the veterinarian will do a physical exam to check for abdominal tenderness/soreness. next, the doctor will recommend running a thorough blood test that will measure levels of enzymes in the pancreas. if the two pancreatic enzymes, amylase and lipase, are elevated, it’s a strong indication your dog has pancreatitis. to further confirm the diagnosis, x-rays and an ultrasound may be done as well.