Ask a vet: Table scraps can prompt pancreatitis in dogs

Table scraps can cause pancreatitis in dogs

Table scraps can cause pancreatitis in dogs

Pancreatitis in dogs is inflammation of the pancreas. It is a painful condition that results in vomiting, not eating, lethargy, and sometimes diarrhea. Many times we don’t know what causes pancreatitis. Often it occurs after a fatty meal of table scraps, but it can occur for no apparent reason.

The pancreas is a small organ that is a big part of the digestive system. The role of the pancreas is to secrete digestive enzymes to help break down food, and also secrete insulin and glucagon to regulate sugar metabolism.

Your veterinarian would diagnose pancreatitis based on your dog’s history, physical exam, and blood tests. Elevated pancreatic enzymes on a blood test can suggest pancreatitis in dogs, and there is also a more specific screening test available.

Treatment for pancreatitis in dogs can depend on the severity of symptoms. The dog would do best if hospitalized, with fluid support, anti-nausea medication, stomach protectants, and pain medication. Antibiotics may sometimes be needed, especially in severe cases where bacterial invasion from diseased intestines can occur.

Pancreatitis can be complicated if it is associated with a pancreatic abscess, liver problems, or tumors, which would be diagnosed with an ultrasound. Because the pancreas also secretes insulin, there is the possibility of developing diabetes from pancreatitis in dogs.

The best way to avoid pancreatitis in your dog is to not give table scraps that could upset their digestive system and consistently feed a high quality balanced dog food. And for any further doubts you can also consult your local veterinary from Dogalize maps.