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Pancreatitis

Description: The pancreas is the organ that produces digestive enzymes and insulin. Some dogs, like your pal, are prone to developing pancreatitis, which is inflammation of this important organ. 

What to Watch For: Signs include vomiting, diarrhea, belly pain, fever, lethargy, and dehydration. This is a very serious disease which may lead to death or long term health problems like diabetes. It’s also quite painful! Most cases require hospitalization for intensive care, pain management, and fluid support. Please call your veterinarian or an emergency clinic if signs develop.

Diagnosis: Physical examination and blood tests.

Treatment: Animals with suspected pancreatitis should be taken to the veterinarian immediately. If the pancreas becomes permanently damaged, it can lead to the development of diabetes mellitus. Treatment includes rest and intravenous fluids.

Breeds prone to Pancreatitis include:

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