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Is Your Finicky Eater Suffering From Pancreatitis?

Dogs with an inflamed pancreas typically have abdominal pain and vomiting. With cats, it's often a whole different story. If your kitty sleeps a lot, refuses her food and shows these other subtle signs, make an appointment to rule out this serious disorder found in 65% to 70% of cats upon autopsy.

pancreatitis in cats

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The pancreas has two functional compartments — the endocrine pancreas and the exocrine pancreas; the most common disease of the exocrine pancreas in cats is pancreatitis
  • Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that causes the organ to malfunction; the root causes are not well understood, and considered "idiopathic," but functional medicine veterinarians agree that biologically inappropriate diets are a significant contributing factor
  • Common symptoms of feline pancreatitis are lethargy and lack of appetite; treatment involves supporting the patient through the crisis phase of the disease and taking steps to prevent future flare-ups
  • Another disease of the exocrine pancreas is exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), which is characterized by a decrease or lack of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas, resulting in lack of nourishment
  • Weight loss and loose stools are primary symptoms of EPI, which is a potentially fatal disease; a majority of cats with the disorder respond well to supplementation with digestive enzymes

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