Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a common clinical problem in cats which is now becoming more recognised. Chronic, on-going or re-occurring, pancreatitis is seen more regularly than acute pancreatitis, which is severe and sudden. There does not seem to be any predispositions and it can affect any breed or age of cat, although it is most commonly seen in… Read more »

Pancreatitis is a common clinical problem in cats which is now becoming more recognised. Chronic, on-going or re-occurring, pancreatitis is seen more regularly than acute pancreatitis, which is severe and sudden.

There does not seem to be any predispositions and it can affect any breed or age of cat, although it is most commonly seen in domestic short haired cats (moggy) or Siamese cats.

A high percentage appears to be idiopathic so the cause is unknown. Some of the known associations of the condition include:

  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Pancreatic duct obstruction
  • Trauma
  • Insecticide poisoning
  • Some infectious diseases

Clinical signs commonly are:

  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting and abdominal pain

Blood tests can help to diagnose panreatitis. Management and treatment of the condition will usually include fluid therapy, appropriate nutrition and supportive care (pain relief/anti-emetics) so often cats are needed to be hospitalised for treatment.