Here Are Symptoms, Causes And Possible Treatment Options For Pancreatitis In Dogs

Here Are Symptoms, Causes And Possible Treatment Options For Pancreatitis In Dogs

Pancreatitis is the most common form of pancreas disorder experienced by dogs and other pets. It is characterized by an inflammation of the pancreas, leading to insulin, enzymes, and organ trouble.

Here’s what you need to know about canine pancreatitis:


Common symptoms of pancreatitis include:

  • Fever
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sensitivity, especially on the belly
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Extreme exhaustion or lethargy


There are a number of potential causes for pancreatitis, but the usual culprit is a mix of multiple factors. The only 100% sure scientific cause for it in dogs is enzyme attacks that are badly timed.

In addition, diets with high fat content can increase the risk of the disorder, as well as obesity. With both of these situations, managing pre-existing pancreatitis can become much more difficult. Weight, medical history, breed, genetics, and age may also play a role.

Breed Predisposition

The following breeds are most likely to develop pancreatitis:

  • Dachshunds
  • Miniature poodles
  • German shepherds
  • Laikas
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • Cocker spaniels
  • Poodles
  • Alaskan Malamutes
  • Fox terriers


To lower the risk of pancreas disorders, you can do the following:

Anti-Seizure Diet

A dog who has to take seizure medication may need a special diet that keeps their adrenal function normal.

Low-Fat Diet

A natural diet that is low in fat can help prevent pancreatitis. Don’t feed your dog human food, as even a tiny amount can cause problems.


Enzyme supplements may be able to help your dog’s enzymes function more normally, or be produced and timed correctly.

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